Church Lectern #3: Expanding!

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Blog entry by pashley posted 04-26-2008 04:41 AM 2071 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m making this Lectern (see other blog entries), and I’ve run up a little problem. The lectern has, of course, the top table, and I’m aware how to control expansion with that.

However, I have two other shelves, one just below the top, and one near the bottom. My issue is, how do I allow expansion (which means cutting the board short width-wise) and still have a finished look? I’m guessing I can somehow affix it at the front (the top of the photo) and do a couple of metal table clips adjacent to that fixation…but what about the gaps on the sides (left and right in photo)? I guess I could use some molding to hide it, but molding isn’t really part of the Mission-style, to the best of my knowledge.



-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 04-26-2008 05:23 AM

I think I would have run a dado around for it to fit in. Like this. If it’s too late for that, I guess a strip of molding is the only option I can think of.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 04-26-2008 06:10 AM

Looks like you pegged (no pun intended) it ChicoWoodnut.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-26-2008 01:53 PM

construct a smaller skirt that matches the bottom. Won’t be like the design. But all of us have veered off the beaten path a time or to. The finished result will look great and I bet everyone will be delighted with it.

-- JJohn

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#4 posted 04-26-2008 02:20 PM

I don’t quite follow you….

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#5 posted 04-26-2008 04:11 PM

I think I would have oriented grain of the board the other way, glued it to the front and let it move toward the back. You could cut dadoes in the back legs that would allow for the movement.

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#6 posted 04-26-2008 05:12 PM

I always thought that the grain on a shelf (or top) was supposed to run side to side not front to back.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 04-26-2008 05:24 PM

Betsy – intuitively, that’s what I think as well.

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