Build a Platform

  • Is a frame that is hard covered and then legged to provide a surface to walk on.

  • These are stationary and often at different heights to provide varying levels on stage.

  • They are typically built out of 2×4 (nominal size) lumber, with the framing pieces laid on edge on the floor when assembling, and then covered on one side with a ‘hard cover’ like ¾” plywood.

  • The plan is for the main frame of the platform, legs can be cut to user’s specifications.

  • If the legs are taller than 18”, side bracing must be used to avoid lateral movement.

  • Platforms tend to be ‘squeaky’ if not glued properly. If glue is not used, consider using a sound dampener (like duvetyn) between joints and frame to lid.

  • For maximum strength and stability, use appropriate fasteners and wood glue.

  • Please note that when dimensions of lumber are given, the actual size will be followed by an inch (1”) or foot (1’) mark, while the nominal size will not.

  • Example: Nominal size = 1 x 3 vs Actual size = ¾” x 2 ½” (Learn more here)

  • Always check for square!

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Lake Washington High School Performing Art Center,
12033 NE 80th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033.   (425) 936-1700

Ms. Morgan Heetbrink, Drama Adviser/Drama Educator, mheetbrink@lwsd.org          Mr. Mark Staiff, Tech Director/Theater Manager, mstaiff@lwsd.org

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