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FDP Forum / I'd Hit It! - Drums and Percussion / DIY drum riser?

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North Gnarlyington

Aug 7th, 2013 08:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

I made a 7" x 7" out of 2X6s and plywood. Plenty solid, but it's not going anywhere. Any suggestions for a lightweight frame material to make a portable riser? Something like steeling shelving material or similar off the shelf components. Still use plywood for the top.

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

Built for comfort, not for speed.
Jul 17th, 2015 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Reduce the size to four "risers" and use ratchet straps to hold them in place at gigs. Easier for two guys to move thru doors at venues and such. Also easier to load into the transport van or trailer.

We used 2x6 framing for our outdoor stage for 10 years or more. 4x4 posts or legs and 3/4 inch plywood. Each section was a full 48"x96". But for center bracing we used two 48: long 2x4 on 32" centers. That was for a full size 32ft x 24ft outdoor stage with a full 4ftx4ft drum riser. I always thought that for a smaller riser, smaller panels held together with four ratchet straps from side to side and front to back.

There are quality pro level risers that are light weight.

The thing I was "told" (but have no personal experience in this area so ask your local pro that you trust) is that the strength in most "steel studs" is the wall panel on the front AND the back...so to achieve that would require a wooden back as well as a wooden surface????

I would think that IF that were the case, you might be losing any weight advantage...

I would certainly plan on at least use 1/2 on the bottom and 5/8 or 3/4 on top.

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C-C-R is one letter

better than B-B-Q. Tastier too!
Jul 18th, 2015 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tony, the reason for panels on both sides of the metal stud is, by themselves, they have no torsional rigidity...meaning, they're easily twisted like a corkscrew.

Once they twist even a little, their already moderate load-bearing properties are drastically reduced.

A 2x4, on the other hand, is fairly rigid and doesn't need additional help to stay straight under load.

I built a portable riser years ago that consisted of four boxes, each 48" square and 12" high.

I used 3/4" ply (two 4' x 8' sheets, each cut in half) for the top surfaces and four 48" sections of 2" x 12" for the sides of each box. I assembled 'em with plenty of glue and 3" deck screws, and cut handle slots in each side face of each box to make them a cinch for two people to pick up and move around.

A large ratchet strap held the four sections together. Unroll an 8' x 8' piece of carpet on top and you're off to the races.


Forgive your enemies

but never forget their names
Mar 24th, 2016 12:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Check this system out.

portable riser



Aug 23rd, 2016 11:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good job.

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