Stage Designs

Broken Back

Josh Canady from True North Church in Grand Island, Nebraska brings us these awesome fragmented panels.

Materials:
10 – 2×4’s (8 ft)
3 – 4×1 Plywood pieces (thickness not important)
1 – Box of 2 1/2 “ general wood screws
7 – Cans of spray paint
3 – 4×8 Coroplast sheets (Found mine at home depot)
1 – Roll of black gorilla tape

Tools:
-Circular or miter saw
-Drill/Driver
-Staple gun
-Utility Knife

Cost: $100-$120

From Josh: This build was inspired by others I have seen on Church Stage Designs. I decided to angle the sides just to switch it up a bit. I have very limited woodworking abilities so cutting the angle proved to be the most difficult part. The most important thing is to make sure the sides match. I used a miter saw to make the cuts but a circular saw could be used as well.

I used general 2 ½” wood screws to put the frames together. I was working with 8 x 4 Coroplast sheets so I used that as a template for my wood frames. After the frames were built I added two 20” 2×4’s to the bottom as stands (Note: since these were set up against a wall I ended up cutting down the wall side of the stands by about 6”). I also added 4’ x 1’ plywood pieces to the bottoms of the front sides to hide the LED light bars. For the side frames make sure you don’t add the plywood to the same side as each other.

I spray painted these black (about 6-7 cans of cheap-o spray paint). It took about 3 coats but I wish I would have done 4-5 on the plywood front pieces.

I attached the Coroplast sheets to the backside of the frames using a staple gun. Once attached I cut the coroplast down on the angled sides with a utility razor blade knife. I carefully made the large cut first then went back over to smooth out the edge a bit more. I also cut a hole on the bottom of the Coroplast to easily add the LED light bars (see picture).

I used black gorilla tape for the stained glass look.

For lighting I have an LED light bar in the bottom of each frame. For the side frames I have a Chauvet SlimPar pointing at the body from about 20’ away (ceiling mounted). Since we have low ceilings I had to put 3 Slimpar lights at the base of the center frame shining directly up at the body. Otherwise the wash light would have hit the pastor/speaker if shining from the 20’ away ceiling mount.

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