[How to] Build your own 5 step Golu padi - [Step 1] Basic design & the measurements
- Want a dismantleable Golu Padi for this Navaratri ?
- Feel the ones in the market are very expensive ?
- Had trouble trying to find a carpenter to get it done for you ?
- Did you land up here looking for means to build your own DIY Golu Padi right from scratch and at a much lower price ?
Preethi had started the Golu display at our new home with make shift Golu steps. This year, we wanted something that is more permanent and easy to store and assemble. And so started the Golu padi project. Before that, I would like to thank Love and Lentil for their tutorial from which I took the design with minor additions.Check Out ! Complete guide to build your own Golu steps
|Basic design of the Golu Padi|
So, what do you need to get your basic 5 step Golu padi up and running (Well ! Not literally)
- 2 side steps that will support your Golu padis
- The actual steps (5 of them)
- Vertical support for the side steps
- Horizontal support
The focus of this post would be to explain how to arrive at the measurement for the side steps based on the width of each of the Golu padi. And in turn, arrive at your total amount of wood that you need to purchase.
Key DecisionsFirst decide on the following : What should be the height between two steps ? What should be the width (depth) of the steps ? What should be the length of the steps ? All these three decisions will be completely based on your own collection of dolls / idols. For convenience, choose the height and width (depth) to be same. In our case, we chose 8.5 inches as the height and depth.
|Choose the width, height and length of your steps|
Dimensions for the side step support
Here is where Pythagoras Theorem comes in handy. Don't really remember using it for anything functional in the last so many years. Your padi width / height (indicated by 'a') being the sides of a square, you will need a plank that is 5 times the diagonal of that square. The below illustration will help you decide how much of side step support plank that you would need based on your choice of width and height.
For 8 inches wide step, you would need just one board of 4 feet x 7 feet plywood. This will suffice for a 5 step golu padi. If you keep increasing the width dimension or increase the number of padis, the total requirement would change. However, the same logic as explained above can be used to calculate your total plank requirement. Again, the below illustration is self explanatory :
|How to arrive at the dimension required for Side step support|
|Total (ply)wood requirement for an 8in x 8in step (4 feet long)|
Horizontal and vertical support
The vertical support is required to hold the structure in place without falling down. And the horizontal support is required to prevent the structure from falling sideways. Both these supports are critical to the stability of your entire structure. You can either use the left over wood (as indicated by the wooden texture in the above photo), or buy the required amount in addition to the 4ft x 7 ft board. The length of these supporting pieces are not provided as they are straightforward and can be derived by merely measuring using an inch tape.
To summarize, we saw :
|Vertical and side support for the overall structure|
- What is the basic design of the steps
- How much wood is required depending on your choice of width dimension
- How the vertical and horizontal supports help holding the golu steps in place
I will shortly (In 2-3 days time) follow up this post with what I have used for making the steps and the cost involved. Meanwhile, you will have to tell me if this DIY will be of any use to you at all ? Would you be prompted to go ahead and try this out for this festive season ? Let me know in the comments section.