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    My smaller riser really doesn't add much time to the setup and breakdown. It's well worth it in terms of the look of the stage. I also realized another potential use for it. Some of the venues we play have small stages, and with its versatility in the number of ways it can be configured, the riser can make a great stage extender.


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    That's cool. For me it would just be too much trouble.

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    June 2017. I built this riser at 8X8. The total cost was just under $300. Even built a small dolly to move it with! I will post photos once I figure out how!

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    Welcome to Drum Chat, Tat!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tat2Sailor View Post
    June 2017. I built this riser at 8X8. The total cost was just under $300. Even built a small dolly to move it with! I will post photos once I figure out how!
    Sign up at any photo hosting site, (most are free-ie Flickr, Imgur, and several others) upload your photos there, then use the programs linking function to copy the photo url into your post and BAM, instant pics.

    If you have any difficulty, please let me know.
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    For those interested, I adapted the materials list and build instructions from the original to reflect the modifications I made for my 5'x6' riser:

    Materials List

    2 - 5/8” 4x8 sheets Plywood (I used 5\8”)
    6 - 2x2 8’ SPF Lumber
    16 - 3.5 gallon Pails w/Lids (I ordered them from Home Depot)
    64 - #8 x ” Pan Head screws (sold in boxes of 100)
    64 - 1/8” x 1” Fender washers (sold in boxes of 100)
    1 - # 1 5/8” Drywall screws
    2 Quarts of Indoor/Outdoor carpet adhesive
    2 - 6’ x 8’ Indoor/outdoor carpet pieces
    6 - Irwin Quick-Grip clamps(the 6 inch size)
    1 - 1 foot high by 16 foot long vinyl banner with grommets, solid black(or printed with band logo)
    Velcro cable ties
    1 - 1/8” v-notched adhesive spreader (plastic, disposable)
    1 box of ” Arrow Brand staples (buy for your brand of stapler)



    Instructions:
    Step 1: Crosscut the two sheets so that you end up with 4 pieces of plywood that are 2.5’ x 3’ in size. Mark all factory edges with a marker or pencil. Set up your pails, and place all the plywood on top taking care to put all factory edges against each other. When this is done all the previously cut edges will be to the sides of your riser. Doing this step now will ensure your riser goes together seamlessly and makes it easier to line things up.

    Step 2: Cut the 2x2s to length so that they frame each piece of plywood. Use the drywall screws to affix the plywood to the 2x2s. DO NOT ALLOW ANY PART OF THE LUMBER TO STICK OUT PAST THE FACTORY EDGES OF THE PLYWOOD. This step will again make life easier later on.

    Step 3: Attach the lids inside the area made by applying the lumber reinforcements. Use a screw with a fender washer to attach them. Now snap the buckets onto the lids and flip the whole works over. Do the same for the other three pieces. This will give you the four sections.

    Step 4: Lay your carpet piece on top of each of the 4 sections and trim it, allowing enough carpet to wrap completely around the 2X2s framing the section. Remove carpet. Apply adhesive with your 1/8” v-notched spreader to the entire surface of the plywood, but don’t glue the sides. Be thorough and neat. This stuff takes a full day to cure, so you have plenty of time to do the job right. Lay the carpet on top and press it down into the glue. Do this to both sections. Allow the glue to dry.


    Step 6: (Day 2) As tightly as possible, wrap the carpet around the 2x2s on all 4 sides of each section and staple securely on the underside. At the corners, fold it over as neatly as possible and use plenty of staples to hold it down. Trim away any excess with a sharp razor blade.
    Step 7. Now you have 4 carpeted sections. Seat the buckets on 2 of the sections and line them up edge to edge. Take 2 clamps and clamp them together as tightly as possible. Repeat for the other 2 sections. Now set both halves of the riser on the ground and line them up. Clamp the 2 sections together with the remaining 2 clamps.

    Step 7: Loop a Velcro tie through each of the grommets on top of the vinyl banner. Line up one end of the banner with the back corner of the riser. Stick the Velcro to the carpet and move along the banner pulling it tight and sticking the Velcro.


    2017 DW Design 5 piece Tobacco Burst
    Evans, Remo

    2010 Tama Superstars 5 piece Birch BPG
    Evans, Aquarian

    200? Gretsch Catalina Ash 4 piece Black and Silver Sparkle
    Evans

    1980 Slingerland 7 piece Poplar/Maple White
    Evans

    Tama SLP Black Brass

    Yamaha DTX532k

    Tama RoadPro hardware
    Speed Cobra 310 bass pedal
    Camco/Tama bass pedal
    DW5000 double bass pedal

    Zildjian

    14" New Beat High Hats
    14" A Custom High Hats
    6", 8", 10" Fast Splashs
    12" A Custom Splash
    15" A Custom Crash
    15" K Custom Dark Crash
    16" A Fast Crash
    17" A Custom Projection Crash
    18" A Custom Projection Crash
    18" A Rock Crash
    18" China
    18" A Medium Thin Crash
    19" A Rock Crash
    20" Zildjian A Ride
    20" Zildjian A Custom Ride

    Miktek, Audix and Shure Mics
    Vater sticks

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