Portable Modular Dance Floor

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Project by Smay posted 06-22-2011 05:40 AM 2173 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife recently started tap dancing and needed somewhere to practice. We didn’t want to destroy our wood floors, so I built her this portable modular dance floor.

Each square is 2’x2’ and they connect together using tongue and groove joints. The panels consist of a frame of whitewood with a piece of 15/32 underlayment on top. The wood flooring is 5/8” solid bamboo and is glued and nailed down to the underlayment. Each panel weighs approximately 15lbs.

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 06:59 AM

I kind of hate you right now. I wish you could have posted 2 weeks ago. Allow me to explain myself. My lovely god daughter is a pretty talented Irish step dancer. So my wife suggested I build her a dance floor. So I thought about it for a while. I figured I would use laminate click together flooring and glue it to some thin sheet good of some sort. Then I would cut it in half and use a piano hinge to fold it when not in use. When I designed it I figured it would be 4×4. When I discussed it with the family they wanted it to be 7×7. Well this project wound up being the bane of my existence. It was a nightmare because of its sheer size and weight. I couldn’t use much of my shop tools because I can’t get full sheet goods down to my basement. My contractor TS isnt coming out any time soon. So I used portable power tools. I also don’t have a 7×7 space available to finish the assembly. So I built it on my front porch. It finished a lot heavier than I even dreamed it would be. To end my story instead of being kind of portable, It is now a semi permanent addition to there home. Ultimately they love it. But I think that this would have been a better solution.

-- Strati Alepidis, Burlington, Ma, Member Red Sox nation

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#2 posted 06-23-2011 02:28 AM

One of my wife’s requirements was “I need to be able to pick it up and move it.” That helped move me towards a more modular design. She seems to like this design, we’ll see how the bamboo holds up—it’s not the hardest of woods, but it was the cheapest :)

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