How to Make a Drum Stage

by Brandon Salo
The drum stage is usually positioned at the back of the stage.

The drum stage is usually positioned at the back of the stage.

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Drum stages are used to elevate the drums for a live band. This allows the rhythm to carry across the stage better for the other musicians to clearly hear the time. It also helps with letting the audience know exactly where the beat is. A drum stage is a simple, 4-by-6-foot stage that is about 6 inches high. Use medium-density-fiberboard (MDF) for the stage top because of its resonating capabilities. MDF is often used for speaker boxes and other sound engineering applications.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure
  • 2 pine boards, 2-by-6-by-72 inches
  • 2 pine boards, 2-by-6-by-45 inches
  • MDF board, 3/4-by-48-by-72 inches
  • Screw gun
  • 32 wood screws, 3-inch
  • Staple gun, with staples
  • Carpet, 48-by-72 inches
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Step 1

Set two 72-inch boards on edge, parallel, 45 inches apart; set two 45-inch boards on edge and perpendicularly between them. Space the 45-inch boards 67 inches apart so they are flush with the ends of the 72-inch boards. Screw the 72-inch boards into the ends of the 45-inch boards; use three screws for each corner.

Step 2

Lay an MDF board on top of the rectangular frame so the edges of the board are flush with the sides of the frame. Screw the MDF to the frame using 20 screws that are spaced 12 inches apart.

Step 3

Staple carpet to the MDF so the edges are flush with the edges of the MDF and the sides of the frame. The carpet will help stabilize your drum set and will also prevent any rattling.

References

  • "Step by Step Basic Carpentry"; Ben Allen; 1997

About the Author

Brandon Salo is a world-traveling writer, musician, medical technician and English teacher. After earning his degree at Northern Michigan University, he traveled the world while writing, performing as a jazz pianist and teaching English. In 2014 he worked as an emergency medical technician in New York state before he left to travel the world while finishing his first book.

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