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    So, I'm moving to a house without room for my drumset. There will be room however in the garage.. .which is not heated, not insulated, and not even attached to the house. The floor of it is actually the very same gravel as the driveway, so... I'm going to build a platform to put the kit on. Anyone have any suggestions on how to construct it? I'm thinking a 2x4 frame with 2x4's every two feet, and a few sheets of plywood thrown on top...
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    How about a 2x4 frame with 2x4's every two feet, and a few sheets of plywood thrown on top.

    (Uh, ok... I don't have any suggestions.)
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    Kryshah, my greatest concern would be that moisture will enter the garage through the gravel floor that it shares with the driveway. I think that would be a greater concern to me that the overall temperature. You might want to consider a way to cover the set in such a way to minimize the effect of the moisture. It might be good to have something with elastic that could wrap under the platform to help seal out the moisture. That way you could play, and then cover the kit again. Just a thought. Maybe you could work on that with all the extra time you have on your hands now! LOL
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    Sounds like a perfect opportunity to latch on to an acrylic kit. Keep the wood set stacked in the house safe and sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    Sounds like a perfect opportunity to latch on to an acrylic kit. Keep the wood set stacked in the house safe and sound.
    Or better yet stainless steal ludwigs. then you could leave them in the rain if you wanted!

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    I think I can deal with the temperature varients well enough. I think perhaps that I will add some sort of waterproofing layer to the platform, maybe a tarp or two built in. As far as the wood, the temp won't fluctuate quickly enough to cause damage. It will just be nigh impossible to keep in tune. Thanks though guys!
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    Seriously man, for a drum platform make it out of one or two sections of 4X8 plywood. Put two or 3 hinges between them for fold up or for dismantling. You want it light weight and transportable. Actually you might be able to make it out of one. If you support it every 16" on center you shouldn't have too much sag between supports. I went 12".

    I made one out of two. I could put them together for a larger riser for bigger stages. I also built the platform separate and would set the framed "stage" on top of the platform.
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    Awesome Bish, Thanks!
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    I did that in college...yeah, they had colleges when I went...and made sure to cover the top with carpet remnant to prevent slipping.

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    No problem, Kryshah. If you get started and run into other issues, just ask your questions. I know I didn't give you much of a blueprint to start from but some basic help in the design. I guess one other aspect was mine was used for gigging so it wasn't one big mass of plywood and 2X4's. Other factors were considered when designing and then building to spec.

    Good luck and I know it'll turn out right.

    One other thing. . . since I don't know how big your kit is, that was why I said 1 or 2 sections. A 4X8 will hold a pretty decent sized kit. But say you have double bass, 4 mounted toms, 2 floors and 10 cymbals. You may need to expand or double its size. By making two sections you make it very flexible and useful in multiple environments.

    And while I'm thinking about it, the "stage" section was over size from the base. The "stage" had the footer around the perimeter and the supports would fit underneath and inside the footer. Kinda like a header only upside down. This also lent itself for hiding cables or adding a nice skirting to hide the frame support.

    The carpeting idea by fiacovaz is a must as well. Good add - on fiacovaz.
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    Hey Kry, put down some Visqueen (sheet plastic, 3 or 6 mil) on the ground before you build it to stop the moisture from underneath. Also, I would put your stringers, at the most, 16" on center, 12" would be preferable. When you start rocking the kit, at 24" there is going to be a lot of bounce in the plywood and stuff is going to start moving all over the place. I would also suggest using a minimum of 5/8" CDX (3/4" preferable) plywood. Building it strong the first time will keep you from having the headache of fixing it later.
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    Sounds like you're heading in the right direction, krys, but definitely put down some moisture-vaporproof barrier to protect not only the drums but also the platform itself from moisture damage. If you have a way to rig up a dehumidifier, that might help reduce the humidity fluctuations, too...and by all means, carpet!
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    We have a 6'x8' plywood deck in 3 pieces sitting on top of 7 - 24" high 'legs' that are grooved halfway through to slide into each other in a criss cross pattern. You end up with 3 longer pieces intersecting 4 shorter pieces. It comes apart and stacks up nice for transport/storage. The deck has cleats on the underside that fit inside the frame to keep if from sliding around and help square up the frame. Then I just unroll a cheap carpet on top, which I can roll back up when we tear it down.

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    Kinda like this, with a deck on top...
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    Mapex Pro M fusion kit natural finish
    Zildjians:
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    14" K Heavy Ride
    10" & 12" A fast splashes
    14", 16" & 18" A fast crashes
    Pearl Eliminator double kick
    Pearl free-floater brass snare (the deep one!!)
    not one, but 2 cowbells!!

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    Sweet, bruarm!
    keep the beat goin' ... Don't keep it to yourself!

    Charlie

    "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." --Henry David Thoreau, "Walden," 1854

    "There's a lot to be said for Time Honored tradition and value." --In memory of Frank "fiacovaz" Iacovazzi

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    Quote Originally Posted by bongobro View Post
    Sweet, bruarm!
    Yeah, it's kinda cool. A little bouncy 'cause it's 5/8" instead of 3/4" but the material was free, so what the hey. We also put velcro around the deck edge to put a cloth skirt all the way around. Very slick.
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    Pearl Eliminator double kick
    Pearl free-floater brass snare (the deep one!!)
    not one, but 2 cowbells!!

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    i seen something cool in a MD mag....i'll have to look it up. it was something that grocers use i believe....i'll get back to ya on it.

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    haven't found it yet....but this was really interesting:

    http://www.dtxpressions.com/platform/

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    plus plus on the vapour barrier (6 mil) on top of the gravel..and of course as level as possible..for the joists i would recommend 12" centers for 1/2", 16" for 3/4", carpet on top....maybe leave the carpet loose in case you score some more plywood, and add it on top, going the opposite way......if you can find some glass wool insulation batons wouldn't hurt to fill in between the joists to eliminate any hollow type sound..any re-use, used places to buy wood?...and for heat purposes later.....a couple of light bulbs left on ( ya I know, conserve energy, they don't use much vs wasting a good kit, and then having to replace a kit) cause you'll need lights anyway.......next week you will be calling it "the studio"...in the fall you can staple more plastic on the walls and ceiling.
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    Im thinking of building a drum platform as well, no real reason just coolness. It'll probably be in the holidays if i get round to it for my new kit (when i get it). I found a good idea on a DIY website, the guy made it for his daughter for karaoke but i think you could make a drum platform in the same way, just strengthen it a bit and make it bigger. I'll put the link on, i dont think it breaks any forum rules. I think it would work really well

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Front-Stage/

    I think if it was bigger it could make an awesome drum platform!

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    hey m-stan, will that be with a side order of diva pictures....lol
    all the best
    gerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIFF WRATH View Post
    hey m-stan, will that be with a side order of diva pictures....lol
    all the best
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    I'd go 16" on center instead of 24". It will be much less spongy feeling unless you are into that. It also depends on how thick the plywood is going to be. Good luck.

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    Hi everybody, New to drumchat, Thank you for having me.

    Kryshah- However you choose to build your platform, I would sure figure out a way to vent the parimeter, a couple of holes maybe. Moisture is definitely going to come in to play. You might even consider a dehumidifier. Years ago as a kid, I had an old set of Apollo drums set up in our basement and the moisture all but ruined them... Not that they were a really prized possesion. That was all I had... I know, Iknow, I have gone and completely dated myself, huh.
    Good luck buddy

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumrbychoice View Post
    Hi everybody, New to drumchat, Thank you for having me.

    Kryshah- However you choose to build your platform, I would sure figure out a way to vent the parimeter, a couple of holes maybe. Moisture is definitely going to come in to play. You might even consider a dehumidifier. Years ago as a kid, I had an old set of Apollo drums set up in our basement and the moisture all but ruined them... Not that they were a really prized possesion. That was all I had... I know, Iknow, I have gone and completely dated myself, huh.
    Good luck buddy
    It's all right buddy, we have many graybeards in here. Thanks for the advice though, I hadn't thought of moisture buildup within the actual platform itself!
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