Building a Music Stage

DIY 21 January 2016 | Comments Off on Building a Music Stage

Building a Music StageThere’s actually a lot of work which goes into creating a music stage. That is, the stage where a band, or bands, play during a concert or other event. It’s not just building an elevated platform so everyone in the crowd can see the musicians performing; there’s also drilling of countless holes to run wires for electrical connections, worries about having an acoustically sound stage and making sure the finished stage is actually sturdy enough to support the mass of half a dozen guys, musical instruments, speakers and amps, and maybe an overeager fan or two. Building a music stage is a lot of work.

Thankfully, you can cut out a lot of the finer aspects if you don’t intend to use the stage for more than one event, or you know it will be torn down afterwards anyhow. We’re talking about things like sanding, priming and painting – that’s the kind of work you would do on wooden planks if you were looking to make a porch or a deck or something like that. Or even a music stage, if you want a high-quality stage which will manage to stand for several years. But if it’s a one-time affair, you can afford to cut back a bit, and more than just priming or painting the wood.

For starters, you don’t need very exact cuts to begin with, so you don’t need fine measuring tools. The stage should be flat of course, but many stages are uneven, and a little variance probably won’t trip up anyone walking across it. Tools like the reciprocating saw are perfect for jobs like this which usually need to be done quickly, but don’t necessarily need that fine work at the end. You can see more about these versatile tools at any time you like.

A handy electric drill or manual augur will also be necessary to cut holes and grooves for running various electrical cords and A/V wires which all help to make a concert actually a concert. These cuts can also be rushed if you’re on a tight schedule or budget, and it won’t do a thing to affect the quality of the performance. Make sure those divots dug into the stage are well away from where anyone will be walking during the show and it will be like they aren’t even there in the first place. Some versatile reciprocating saws may be able to slice planks and cut holes in them.

There needs to be space under the stage as well for all of those wires to run their courses and any technical personnel to wiggle around out of sight, fixing connections in case anything goes wrong during the show. Any decent musical stage should also be tall enough that members of the audience can’t easily just climb up onto it with the performers. If you follow the simple guidelines listed here and use the tools recommended, you’ll be on your way to building a decent performing stage. Don’t forget about supports and making the playing surface large enough to accommodate everyone and everything.

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