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Hi all,

I'm working with the builder and describing the stage I'm looking for, but I think it would go better with drawings (I've shown him pics, but they don't seem to do the job). Does anyone have construction drawings that speak contractor-ese on how to build a stage?

If so, it would be much appreciated!

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in this thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1520492/looking-for-at-screen-and-front-stage-build-threads/0_40#post_24429256

pictures of a curved version in my Bacon Race project.
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Thanks--that helps, Although if anyone has drawings, that would be awesome too!
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found one that I designed a month ago:

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this was the material list I sent in an email:

One roll of 30 lb roofing felt.

2x10s x 12 ft buy 3
2x10s x 8 buy 2
2x4s x 10 buy 3
3/4 inch decking plywood (two layers) buy 3 sheets

screws/nails as required

38 bags (50 lbs) of play sand

10 x 20 roll of 3.5 mil plastic sheating
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I used 2x8s for the stage and 2x4s for the step

I lost the picture of the "Bones" for the steps but I have the dimensions. Just cut each 2x4 to the lengths listed and then wrapped a piece of plywood around them for the curve.






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I left a 1/2" gap between the stage and the walls. Used 6 mil plastic and lots of sand!!

I created all of the sketchup diagrams and ordered the building supplies and then hired some guys to do the heavy lifting. Yes - I cheated and didn't carry all the sand! These guys had a bucket line going and passed the sand bags in though the basement window which happened to be right above the stage location!

Was able to get the stage, riser and right side stage wall completed in one day.







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i have a question, it seems like alot of the basment builds pack sand into the platform. If i have the stage on a second floor of a  2 story house will i have to fill all of the voids in the stage with sand. im in the very early stages of building my house and just looking for inspiration.

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Your house probably can't stand that much weight. Build the stage top with three layers of material will green glue and put regular fiberglass insulation in the cavities. If you know exactly were the subs will sit you might consider small boxes of sand in just those locations. You may also want to build the stage on Uboat rubber isolation feet.
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thank you for the response. im excited with this new house. foundation pours next week and hope to have everything complete within 6 months. Im sure there will be many more questions as thing begin to take shape.

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Really appreciate this guys! Thanks!
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found one that I designed a month ago:

http://www.avsforum.com/content/type/61/id/431271/
Hey BIG, I noticed that your preferred stage design in multiple builds is to create a rectangular "box" in the back with studs/joints 16" O.C. and then to create the step as a standalone section with its own front, back and sides. This is all necessary if you don't want the stage to sag when you step on it... or it would if you don't fill it with sand. Which you always do.

I tend to consider that kind of support necessary for decks and such since there's nothing underneath it, but since a stage is going to be fully stuffed with sand, it almost seems to me like it could be completely empty other than an exterior shell. I wouldn't do that, since the weight of the sand would likely push out the sides over time... but having just a few inner joists might hold it in place sufficiently.

For instance, here's my current stage plan:



The joists that are there are mostly in place to keep the stage stable while building and moving it, as well as to give a secure place to screw the edges of the OSB. I'm running on the assumption that the top will be extremely solid since it'll essentially be resting on the sand.

Am I missing something and/or shooting myself in the foot by using a design like this?
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I wouldn't count on sand holding anything up, it does settle over time. I tend to build using the quickest method I can think of at the time. If it involves a few more pieces of wood, my clients still more than save on my time.
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Thanks. Yeah, having now built the above stage, I can absolutely see that doing it in multiple boxes with a few angled pieces attached would be FAR easier.
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