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Project by DamnYankee posted 05-24-2011 02:39 AM 2711 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a week off from work to donate my time to extend the stage of a 97-year old school. After 97 years you can well imagine there was nothing square, true or plumb. The stage was an “auditorium stage” being roughly converted into a “theater stage”. The stage was/is art deco in style and has an curved front. The extension also covered the HVAC vents in the floor so those had to be redirected to come out the front of the extension. The joists had to be cut at an angle (cross grain)...got a lot of work out of the old miter saw. The facings then all had to be bent. To finish the lip, I had to bend a 1/2” x 1” piece of trim wood and used a pattern bit.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards





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dakremer

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#1 posted 05-24-2011 04:27 AM

that looks like a really big/fun project! it looks great!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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devann

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#2 posted 05-24-2011 07:37 AM

A good looking stage extension. And I commend you for donating your time to this endeavor. But looking at your photos I can see some missing framing that appears incomplete.

In photo #1: There should be another stud below each joist nailed to the studs that you have nailed to the end of the joist. As framers we call this missing board a cripple, trimmer, or a buck. Depending on how old you are and what region of he country you’re from. It’s a board fastened to the king stud ( a board that extends the full height of the wall being built ) that is cut to fit under a load bearing framing member.

In photo #2: I can see where this cripple is still missing. And it appears that you are using the plywood on edge to hold the weight of the stage floor. That and the fasteners you used to attach the studs to the joist. While plywood is very strong turned on edge this way, it needs to fit tight against the bottom of the joist and the floor at the same time. Still plywood souldn’t be used in the manner to support the stage floor, the joist should be supported with 2x framing material.

Still the stage does have a nice finished look to it, a little more work and it should last another 97 years.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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DamnYankee

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#3 posted 05-24-2011 05:30 PM

@devann – thanks for the comment. This is what happens when you get a diy-er/woodworker to do carpentry. As I left access to the underside of the stage I will go back in and add them.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#4 posted 05-24-2011 05:44 PM

Very fine looking apron for your stage. The extra room will be well used by the actors. The space underneath is great for prop storage, though i don’t see any doors in the photos. Or will stairs be added at the sides to let the actors step down into the house?

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devann

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#5 posted 05-24-2011 06:49 PM

DYankee, Thanks for taking the time to help with the build and the time to make sure that everyone remains safe on the stage.

I logged on this morning to a PM from another LJ that was also concerned about the extension. And the attachment of the joist to the existing stage. I mentioned to him that I did not comment about it because I could not see how it was done. But if you didn’t use joist hangers back there with joist hanger nails you may want to put cripples under the back end of the joist too. Or maybe you can secure a ledger board beneath them to carry the load.

Keep up the good work, the world needs all the help it can get.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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DamnYankee

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#6 posted 05-24-2011 07:02 PM

I used a ledger board for just that reason and as it was the easiest way to ensure that end remained true (level was almost out of the question given the age of the stage and it no longer being remotely level, or true, for that matter).

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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