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Teacher's Podium #1: The beginning...

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 09-14-2012 05:26 AM 1838 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am building a teacher’s podium for my niece as a college graduation present. She is currently teaching third grade in one of the local schools. My project has taken a lot longer than expected mainly because it has been so hot. I have recorded several temps in the 101 – 102 range during August.

But finally, I got my split system air conditioner installed and up and running. Now my one car garage is a cool and constant 77 deg F. I had blown in insulation added (R38) to the attic above the garage and over the rest of the house in the same area. The outside wall was already insulated when the contractor replaced our siding two years ago. Good move on my part, huh! :-)

My project is as follows:
  • Build the podium out of Red Oak lumber and paneling.
  • Use Frame and panel construction
  • Install a shallow drawer for pencils, pens pointers, etc.
  • Middle shelf is adjustable
  • Use edge banding on middle shelf and bottom
  • Use 3 inch rubber casters (2 with brakes, 2 without brakes) Source: Caster City
  • Install front mounted shelf on collapsible hinges for projector use
  • Install power strip w/surge protector for powering projector, laptop, etc.
  • Install grommets to allow Power cords to pass through.

Here are a few pics of the progress so far…

This is what inspired me. My project is similar, yet different.

I am using Red Oak for the frame.

1/4 inch Oak Plywood for the panels.

Yeppers, it is hot!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas



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