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Old 02-20-2008, 02:19 AM
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Building a Model Stand

I need to build a model stand for a life drawing group, and can't find recommended heights. Two 3'x4' platforms should be easy to move around, and use side by side for length, but how tall should they be? Is there a standard used by schools?
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Re: Building a Model Stand

Sylvia I doubt if there is a standard for this, but I'll be interested to see any comments, I think people will utilize whatever they can find... some groups I've been to don't have a stand at all, our regular group has a kind of 5 sided box thing about 18" high and maybe 3' across with a couple of hand holes for moving it.
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Re: Building a Model Stand

Our group does not have any proper stand but we will sometimes stick a stool up on some display boxes or a wooden bench that we have. The bench is about 12 inches high and the boxes 18 inches. One of the models does not like to be up on anything high unless it is very stable as she feels insecure up there. The other model is happy perching on anything.

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Thanks Mac and Dave,
Yes, I was thinking hand holes would be handy.
I'm surprised there aren't some kind of norms, like "for a small room with a group of 10 it needs to be only so high, while a large class with a group of 30 needs one to be at least this high."
Making model stands must be like braiding hair. Everybody does it but nobody writes down the instructions.

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Pay attention to how high your ceiling is. You don't want models bumping their heads! I have a very low ceiling in my studio, so my model stand is just a 4 foot square made with a 2x4 framework, plywood and carpet. It has casters and only stands about six and a half inches high. Tall models can touch the ceiling.
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Most stands in classrooms are about 1 foot high. What is important is that the stand will stay put and not move with a model on it (wheels) and that it have a surface such as carpeting which eliminates any possibility of splinters in addition to providing some basic comfort level. Also the stand should be big enough to allow room for all types of poses, some use of props to build an environment, and perhaps even two models.
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...the stand will stay put and not move with a model on it (wheels) and that it have a surface such as carpeting...

I should have mentioned that my stand has locking casters.
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Our ceiling is high enough, that's a good point to consider. And thanks so much for the idea of carpet. I immediately went out this evening and found some on sale.
Now I just have to decide on the height....
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make it about 1 foot off the floor.
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Thanks. A foot tall should be a good stackable size.
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