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A Platform System


Many theatres stock a set of 4′ × 8′ platform units made with 2×4 framing and plywood tops. Though units like these can be built quickly and inexpensively and can be repeatedly assembled into decks by simply bolting on a new set of 2×4 legs, they are far from ideal. They frequently need repair, their assembly into decks often requires the use of shims, and the decks they form always seem to squeak.

The deck system described in this article has several advantages over its alternatives. Consisting of 4′ × 8′ stressed-skin panels and a minimal number of Styrofoam® supports secured to the stage floor, this system is more quickly and easily assembled, more rigid, and less likely to squeak than others.

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