Theater Play Set

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Project by Cherryblake posted 07-07-2011 07:17 PM 2020 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom built set for a local theater group. I had done 2 fairly simple sets before this one and jokingly complained that I needed a challenge. Something fancy with a bit of pizzazz. This set was for the play “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie. The director called me and said, “well here ya go!” Lot’s of fun and people really seemed to enjoy the realism. Definitely a lot of fun… but I did say that it might be a while before I could tackle another one of these. Since I tend to work better alone (especially) when designing as you go.. I built 80% of this myself over the course of 6 weekends. I do have to give kudo’s to my best friend who helped me put up all the 1/4” luan skin. 10 hours on 1 Saturday!

The window was particularly fun. It is 2-1/4” thick using 3/4” spruce. The mullions are dadoed just like the old days:) I had already built the lower window for a play before, but added the top light for this one. It was a bit nerve racking to measure at the theater and then build in the shop…. You HOPE your measurements are good…. phew they were this time…

-- Blake, Denmark, SC "Woodworking should be called Woodtherapy"

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#1 posted 07-08-2011 05:09 AM

Very nice. How about a shot from the back so we can see what’s holding them up?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#2 posted 07-08-2011 05:17 AM

Unfortunately, the play ended a few months back and we had to take it all down. I used about 50 2×4’s to frame it up and then attached the luan and trim. I used about 30 pounds of screws to put it up so we could take everything down quickly and save a lot of the materials for future use.

While it took 6 weeks and quite a few nights to build it, we had to take it down on the Sunday after the Saturday night closing because of another event. 6 of us completely disassembled the set and stored it in about 5 hours. A bit sad:)

-- Blake, Denmark, SC "Woodworking should be called Woodtherapy"

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