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Pick-Up Sticks

Garrett Walker from Bayside Community Church in Bradenton, FL brings us this awesome gigantic game of pick-up sticks on their stage.

They used 4×8 sheets of luan plywood, cut down to 3”, 6” and 10” strips to create this back drop. They painted 1/3 of them grey, 1/3 of them off white, and they left the last 1/3 natural. Using 3 different tones helped break up the pattern, and helped bring different effects when lit by LEDs.

Tips: Paint all of the luan before you cut them. Use a large sturdy table saw to cut through multiple sheets of luan at a time.

They stapled these strips up to their 2×4 grid that was painted black. They also made 2 crosses out of 10×1” pieces of lumber. They distressed the front with wood planes to give it a textured look. The cross was hollow and housed a power strip and a few extension chords that had lightbulbs plugged into them. Here’s a link to the Outlet-to-Socket plugs they used for the light bulbs.

They controlled the lights behind the crosses with a dimmer.

They also got a few gobo’s that looked like the backdrop, to light up the side walls of their Auditorium. Here’s a link.

5 responses to Pick-Up Sticks

  1. Tim Blacklock June 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    This is a great looking set! I borrowed your ideas for ripped white gray and natural strips and combined it with the Triangularity set for out next series. This site is way cool! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Tim Blacklock June 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    This is a great looking set! I borrowed your ideas for ripped white gray and natural strips and combined it with the Triangularity set for our next series. This site is way cool! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Bayside is awesome. Just sayin

  4. Any idea what the dimensions are and how many sheets you ended up using?

    Neal

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