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    Help me build a ramp

    This is a viable thing. Looking into it now. I solicited a donation of a couple 24' extension ladders to get more framing. If I can fill the voids with foam to stiffen up the voids, I can go thinner on the decking
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    Help me build a ramp

    How about luan to aluminum? I just found a CL ad for a couple of old aluminum extension ladders. Bingo... extra I-beams with crossmembers already in place.
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    Help me build a ramp

    Have a picture. Question to follow. This is the set I'm building. Relax... I have a week and a half before we open. Cast of 7, community theater, show runs for 10 performances plus 3 dress rehearsals The ramp indicated by the red arrow folds up, and the two walls indicated by the blue...
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    Hard shell "fixer" for making props

    For this rock, I let a volunteer fly solo with it. She wisely started with a plywood base and screwed two 5-gallon buckets to it. Then she made a fantastic slurry out of scraps of pink XPS, sawdust, some past-its-prime drywall mud, some wood glue, and some decidedly smelly latex paint. Then...
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    Hard shell "fixer" for making props

    I also found an example of what I'm hoping to achieve. There are several companies that make vehicle service ramps from a foam. One of their models (for commercial trucks) will hold 16,000 lbs per ramp and weigh just a little over 15lbs. I certainly don't need 8 tons of capacity, but you get...
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    Hard shell "fixer" for making props

    That foamcoat looks promising, if not a wee bit expensive for our budgets. Worth a shot though. Looks like I can get a gallon shipped to me for about $70. I'll call it R&D or proof of concept. The board will like the fancy words.
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    Hard shell "fixer" for making props

    This particular rock I'm building is about 3 cu ft. I would imagine it would require at least a gallon (and a fair amount of weight addition) to glass it. The glossy finish can be solved with some 80 grit and flat paint :) I also thought about some poly resin with fibers, or as the old body...
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    Hard shell "fixer" for making props

    Not even sure what to call it. I'll give a specific example of what I need. I'm building a rock. It is a scenic element for an upcoming show. It has to be large enough to seat two people, but light enough for one person to carry it offstage between scenes. I have the rocks formed. I...
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    Prop torches

    I've been a bit busy, but here is what they look like in photo form. I'm hoping to snag a little quasi-illegal video of them in action tonight. And, little proud moment... that is me front and center as Frollo. Its rare that I have the time to audition and accept a role, but I couldn't pass...
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    Tis the season to cover the stage in snow

    I have only ever done dry snow for budget reasons. I have a huge box of fake snow and then I built three snow bags with some heavy muslin. I made them in 10, 15, and 20' lengths and they zip together. That way I can have snow in lengths of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, or 45'. They are 3' wide...
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    Prop torches

    Zero offense taken. I thrive on criticism. I'll get a picture of the finished product. I agree that the globe is offensively hideous. I can't shape the globe because the COB is immediately behind it and the same shape. I suppose I could add to the globe, but its already big. The purpose of...
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    Clevis Vs. Shackle Vs. Clevis . . . PLEASE define . . .

    I grew up on a farm, so we used different terms. Here is the actual breakdown on the most universal terms I have found: The Shackle is the whole thing and applies to a variety of terms, including a verb (I shackled this to that) or a noun referring to any one of several means of attaching two...
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    DIY Star Drop - Photos?

    Just getting into this a little late. I have done two (alas, no pictures) The first one I did with Styrofoam 1" balls wrapped with crunched up mylar and lit them from booms in the wings. I threaded some black braided fishing line through them and it mostly disappeared. Shooting light from...
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    Prop torches

    Also pretty durable. Every once in a while I get the time to actually build something right instead of just "in time for tech." Hoping to start a whole bunch of projects like this to generate some rental revenue. Our theater has 94 years worth of props and we're the go-to for rentals around...
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    Prop torches

    My shop always has a gallon of West Systems epoxy and some slow and fast hardener. I also keep powdered paper and powdered microfiber around. Not much you can't fix, glue, fabricate, feather, or cobble with it. I think I spent a total of $34 on materials, not including the rechargeable batts...