How can we create a cut list for a standard flat.

What will this lead to in his/her future?

Have the knowledge to create a cut list for various size flats used in tech theater. Such needs will come to play when the student take on the duties of master carpenter and/or tech director. Stage carpenters will also need to be able to read a cut list.

Why does s/he need this?

Stage carpenters will need to be able to read a cut list to allow them to gather and/or cut lumber to build a flat.


  • What materials/supplies will the student need to supply?
  • For this lesson, Paper & Pencil.
  • What materials/supplies will the teacher need to supply?
  • Sample flats, white board, markers.
  • What object/product shall the student end up with?
  • A cut list for a standard 4×8 flat.
  • Process, notes, outline, descriptions, script for teacher, questions that will encourage critical thinking and discovery:
  • ???Why do we need a cut list???
  • Show sample flat so that students know what we are talking about.
  • Draw the flat on the board. Start with basic rectangle, then add lines to represent 1×3 lumber.
  • ?? Ask for names of; top rail, bottom rail, toggle, stiles.
  • Create a cut list for what’s on the board at this moment.
  • All 1×3: 2 @ 4′, 2 @ 7’7″, 1 @ 3’7″
  • ?? Ask for missing parts.
  • Cover, 4×8 ply
  • Corner blocks, 9″ square cut into triangles.
  • ?? Corner block placements?? soft covered flats? hard w/ 1/8th & 1/4″ covers.
  • Keystones, 2″x9″ (use a keystone from a bridge to bring about this answer.)
  • If time allows, briefly intro a diagonal brace for soft covered flats.
  • How will the student be evaluated?
  • Actually creating cut lists &/or building flats for future productions.
  • Future quiz.
  • Relate this to future classes via?
  • We will be using these skills to create cut lists for flats with doors and windows
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