How to Make a Homemade Stage

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How to Make a Homemade Stage
Make a homemade stage for home performances. (IT Stock Free/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A stage is a platform for musical performances as well as for dances or plays. Creating your own homemade stage is a reliable option for indoor and outdoor performances at home. With minor handyman skills and the help of a friend, you can create a homemade stage for under £65 in less than two hours.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 3/4-inch plywood, 4-by-8 feet
  • One 2-by-4, 21 inches long
  • Four 2-by-4s, 48 inches long
  • Five 2-by-4s, 93 inches long
  • Six 4-by-4s, 2 feet long
  • Eight angle braces
  • Two straight metal braces
  • Box 4-inch screws
  • Twelve ¾-inch screws
  • Drill
  • Phillips head drill bit
  • Wood glue
  • Tape measure

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place plywood on a flat surface. Apply wood glue to one 48-inch edge of each 2-by-4 and place one 48-inch 2-by-4 at each 4-foot edge of the plywood, glue-side down. Place the 2-by-4 along the 2-inch side of the 2-by-4. This allows the wood to stand upright 4 inches above the plywood. Allow glue to dry for 15-minutes.

  2. 2

    Line the 93-inch edge of two 93-inch long 2-by-4s with wood glue. Place one along each 8-foot side of the plywood, securely between two end 48-inch-long 2-by-4s. This will create a rectangular frame around the plywood. Allow wood glue to dry for 15-minutes.

  3. 3

    Measure the length of the two 48-inch end 2-by-4s to locate the direct centre. Line the 93-inch edge of one of the 93-inch 2-by-4s with wood glue and press this 2-by-4 directly through the centre location. This will create a centre support for the stage.

  4. 4

    Lift up the edge of the plywood, and drive one 4-inch screw every 12 inches along the length of each 2-by-4. This will secure the 2-by-4 structure to the plywood.

  5. 5

    Place one 4-by-4 into each of the four outer corners. Drive two 4-inch screws through the outer 2-by-4s to secure the 4-by-4s in place. Place one L-brace along each exposed side of the 4-by-4s. Half of the L-brace will connect to the 4-by-4 while the top half is secured to the stage. Drive one 4-inch screw through each L-brace hole to secure them to the 4-by-4. Drive one ¾-inch screw through the top half of each L-brace to secure it to the stage. Each leg will have two L-braces.

  6. 6

    Stack one 48-inch 2-by-4 onto each of the two 2-by-4s placed in Step 1. Drive two 4-inch screws through each end of the 2-by-4 to secure it to the 4-by-4 leg.

  7. 7

    Stack one 93-inch 2-by-4 on top of each of the outer 93-inch 2-by-4s. Drive two 4-inch screws through each end of the 2-by-4s to secure them to the 4-by-4 legs.

  8. 8

    Measure the length of the 93-inch centre 2-by-4 and divide the distance in half to locate the centre mark. Place the 21-inch 2-by-4 along the centre mark of the 93-inch 2-by-4. Place one straight metal brace along each side and drive one ¾-inch screw through each side to secure the leg in place.

  9. 9

    Flip stage over for use.

Tips and warnings

  • Repeat this process multiple times for a longer or wider stage.

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