Introduction: Tap Dance Floor From Shelves, Scrap Wood, Foam
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Unfortunately, I had a small flood in my studio last month. I lost a big cabinet but I was able to salvage two of the shelves. Simultaneously, I’ve been really missing my Thursday night tap dance classes and I didn’t have a place to tap for online classes- until now!
I used the shelves and some EVA foam and wood scraps in my studio to make this tap floor. It’s a bit small but it works! I'm looking forward to getting into a normal routine of taking classes again. :)
- Shelves from old bookshelf/cabinet
- Scraps of wood (mine were 1.5 in x .75 in x about 4 feet)
- Scraps of EVA foam - enough to cover the two pieces of wood on top and below
- Wood Glue
- Screws (8) and Nails (4-20)
Step 1: Cut the Wood and Foam to Size
First, watch the video above for an overview.
- Cut two pieces of wood to be the length of the two shelves laid side-by-side (these will act as beams)
- Cut foam strips to match the width of the beams. You should make them long enough so that the foam will cover the top and bottom of both beams.
Step 2: Assemble the Pieces
Take a look at the diagram above to assemble the pieces as shown.
- Add wood glue to the space between the shelves (if you have a large clamp, clamp them together and wait for it to dry)
- Lay a foam strip, then the wood beam, then another foam strip along the edge of the two shelves.
- Use screws to attach all the pieces together at the corners and close to where the two shelves meet.
- Add additional nails to keep the foam in place. If the foam has any seams, use extra nails around the seams.
Repeat the above steps on the other side.
Step 3: Reinforce the Connection Point
- Use the extra scraps of wood to reinforce the connection between the shelves. Affix each of the scraps with two screws, one into each of the two shelves.
- Flip the tap floor over and add more wood glue to fill in any space between the shelves. Clean excess glue away.
- Let dry completely before putting weight on it.
Step 4: Time to Tap!
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