A little more progress to report. I got the first layer of decking on the stage. This doesn't look like much progress, but it sure was a lot of work.
First I decided I wasn't happy with the first step being a different height than the second step. So, out it came!
When I framed it back up I decided to go with regular 1/4" ply instead of the luan that I used last time to make the curve. I think the original stuff was probably OK, but the ply is a little stiffer, which helped it form a better curve I think. The ply is about double the cost, but I think it is probably worth the investment. You can see I only filled the back rectangular sections with sand. I ended up with about 94.5 bags of sand once it wall leveled off. I also ran a bead of caulk around the bottom of the stage to catch any sand that works its way down the corners of each section. I ran a bead of caulk around the top as well. Probably not necessary, but a little peace of mind.
Here's the decking on the first level before I trimmed the front.
And here's both levels trimmed up. Conveniently, the part that I trimmed off of the top level fit the curve on the first step perfectly. I only had to cut once section, and I got to use the piece from the top as a template. That saved quite a bit of time. I used BIG's marking tool to transfer the curve to the top of the ply for cutting. I think if I had to build it again, I might use a narrower board if I could. I used 2x2's, and I had to make sure I kept the face of the 2x2 flat against the face of the riser. With a narrower board, this might not have been as important.
I may still regret making the stage as deep as I did. With all my tools in there, it feels cramped between the stage and the riser. I realize 9'+ is plenty for moving around, I just don't want it to "feel" crowded.
I've been putting it off, but it looks like I'll need to start working on electrical next. Because I'll be running wiring in the riser, I can't put the decking on it until I get the electrical rough-in done. I'll need to mock up one of the disk lights in my coffered ceiling to make sure they will fit in the jbox as advertised. I'll probably mount those first, then move on to the perimeter lights followed by the outlets in the columns and the stage. I'll also need to get all the outlets in my equipment room roughed in as well. Quite a bit of electrical to do before I can put the decking on my deck.....er..... riser.
I guess I have to get my dimmers ordered. Where did I put my checkbook???