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Old 11-14-2011, 08:42 AM   #1
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I need to build some "boxes" out of wood for my daughters dance recital. They need something to step onto during ths performance. i was told they need to be about the size of a milk crate (like 12"x12" box)- What is the best way to construct this being the girls will need to step onto it? I'm guessing if I just use 3/4 plywood- it will not be strong enough... any thoughts or suggestions?
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My gallery clients set some heavy pieces on 3/4 or on inch material. Build the boxes with all sides. If you are worried you can cross brace I guess. You might be able to find some pre-made boxes in that size with a little internet search work.
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I would build a 2x3 frame and sheet it with 1/2" OSB.
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:36 PM   #4
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3/4 plywood is plenty strong enough.

If you cut 4 pcs 10 1/2" wide x 11 1/4" long and overlap them on one corner you will end up with a 12" square that is 10 1/2" tall and open on the top and bottom.

Then cut 2 pcs 12" square and use them to cover the open sides. The added thickness of those two parts will yield a cube that is 12" square.

If you have a finish nailer, tack the whole thing together with that and then come back and throw in some 1 1/4" screws to tighten the whole thing up. No glue is necessary but feel free to use it if you feel better.

Some sanding and maybe a 1/8" round over bit in a router to take away the splinters and you are the rock star.
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If it were me, I'd take GottaFixIt's idea of building a frame first, then cover it with 3/4 inch plywood. Glued and screwed.

Yeah, I know. I'm no expert and you guys are gonna tell me this is waaaaaay overbuilt. I'm sure it is, but I'd do it anyway if there are other peoples' kids jumping up and down on these.

How are you gonna keep them from sliding?
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3/4 plywood is plenty strong enough.

If you cut 4 pcs 10 1/2" wide x 11 1/4" long and overlap them on one corner you will end up with a 12" square that is 10 1/2" tall and open on the top and bottom.

Then cut 2 pcs 12" square and use them to cover the open sides. The added thickness of those two parts will yield a cube that is 12" square.

If you have a finish nailer, tack the whole thing together with that and then come back and throw in some 1 1/4" screws to tighten the whole thing up. No glue is necessary but feel free to use it if you feel better.

Some sanding and maybe a 1/8" round over bit in a router to take away the splinters and you are the rock star.
I would expand on this idea just a little and run 2x2s in the four original corners to glue and screw into. The top and bottom could screw into the four corners pieces.
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Milk crates are about 13" square and 11" tall. Built out of 3/4" plywood glued and screwed would be plenty strong. My God that would support a horse. How big are these kids anyway?
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I second what Augie said. Plywood and screws are enough.
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