Monday, December 3, 2012

Project 1 - DIY Navaratri Golu Padi (Steps)



Come Navaratri, the first thoughts that come to mind are the beautiful display of dolls and the delicious snacks (sundal et al.) that accompany them each night!

The construction of the golu padi has been a study in structural engineering each year. Tired of pulling out cardboard boxes from storage and delicately balancing various boxes, desks and chairs in an attempt to make several parallel surfaces, this year we decided to put an end to this chore permanently by building a dedicated golu padi.



My requirements for the project were as follows:

  1. Portable design and light-weight
  2. Simple and cheap to build
I decided to go with 5 steps, but you can scale this up as required.

A trip down to the local hardware store (Lowes, in this case) fetched the following:

(2) A - 72"L x 12"W Shelf
(5) B - 48"L x 12"W Shelf
(2) C - 48"L x 4"W x 1"D Lumber
(2) D - 48"L x 2"W x 2"D Lumber
(4) E - L-Bracket
(10) 1/4" Bolt, washers and nuts

Total cost: $80


Tips:
  1. If you don't care about the looks, you can use cheap lumber and reduce project cost significantly.
  2. If you don't want to cut any wood, you can take shortcuts by buying stair stringers (or risers) directly instead of the shelf material for side support. You'll find them in local hardware stores (Lowes, Home Depot etc.). I decided to use Cherry laminate shelves for custom sizes and neat look.
  3. Using bolts instead of screws makes it easy to dismantle for storage
Step 1 - Mark up the dimensions on (A) to cut into a stair pattern. I decided to go with 5 steps that stands approximately 4' tall. Use a jig or a circular saw to cut the pattern and use the first one as a template for the second piece.



Step 2 - Pre-drill 1/4" holes and attach the L-bracket to the base on either side of (A) and (C) using the 1/4" bolts. I decided to use the bolts and not screw them in so that I can dismantle it for storage.



Step 3 - Repeat the same at the top of (A).



Step 4 - Pre-drill 1/4" hole and attach (D) to make a flexible stand. Since the bottom end of (D) acts as a prop, it is easy to make the steps horizontal even if you have an uneven or sloping floor.



Step 5 - Simply place the 5 shelves (B) on each step (it's not even necessary to screw them in).



It takes less than 5 mins to set it up or take it apart (just unscrew/screw 4 bolts) and much less space to store until next year!

18 comments:

  1. This is awesome..wonderful info with pics... Hats Off...

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  2. Amazing , Please mail me the details regarding measurement for cutting steps
    kar_mech81@yahoo.co.in

    Thanks
    Karthik

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  3. Thanks for the post. It really helped us a lot.

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    1. Glad it was useful to you.

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  4. Thanks for the steps! Its easy to put in this way. great Job!

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  5. Nice one, thanks for the detailed step by step instruction, I just bought the materials, can u tell me what is the rise and run measurements for each steps

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  6. Hi,
    This is such a nice idea. I just have one question. Is the measurement of the shelves 72 inches in Length, cause that's pretty big, and the stairs look relatively smaller in the pic for the mentioned size. Please let me know. Im planning to make this for Navaratri 2015. Thanks

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  7. Shelves are 48" in length, 72 is for the plans which come on sides where u need to cut the rise and threads for the steps

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  8. Chennai chairs offers 50% offer for Golu stand/Golu padi available for rupees 6500 only.

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  9. Good post.what is the individual step height?

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  10. Please mail me the details regarding measurement for cutting steps also i need 7 steps to harevittal@gmail.com
    can we opt for more length
    vittal

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  11. Presently I am having a 5 Steep Golu padi. I want to extend it to 7 steps. Kindly mail me the steps to be followed.
    Thanks
    V. Mahalingam.
    mahalingam43@gmail.com



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  12. Hi

    We are planning to build one similar to this. Where ino US do they cut the stairs for side support of the shelves

    Thanks
    Rohini

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  14. Would the steps support heavy dolls without bending or structural damage???, please advise

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  15. Is it available now? How will you send?

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  16. Can you please post the measurements for cutting the A - 72"L x 12"W Shelf for steps please?

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  17. Can you please mail me the details on Uday.srinath@gmail.com

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