Church Lectern

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Project by Dale J Struhar Sr posted 11-08-2014 02:00 AM 1562 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Church Lectern
Fellow LumberJock Dick Terriaco asked me to assist him with updating an old church lectern. He belongs to the Painesville First Church of Christ and they were looking for a new lectern. After pricing new ones $3,000.00 and up they remembered one in storage. Purchased around 1961 and stored in the early 90’s Dick was asked if he could update it, of course he said sure. Church officials wanted it made smaller since it was about 40 inches across. Well here are the photos of the project.
The tear down was a project in itself, ask Dick. The gothic arches were filled with wood paneling glued on matching the exterior. Trying to separate the 22 ½ degree joints was real difficult since there was a metal I beam (thing) about 8 inches long imbedded in the wood holding the joints together on the top and bottom of each joint. Never seen these before and if anyone is familiar with them let me know. We had to cut the large molding on the top off of each panel leaving a flat panel. We reduced the width of the center panel and the ones to the right and left by cutting 1 ¼ inch off each side. The end panels were cut only enough off the joint edge to give us new wood to work with about ¾ in. Using a 22 ½ degree Lock Miter router bit new joints were cut and glued. The large top molding was re-mitered to size, doweled and glued back onto the panels. The top shelf was resized to fit along with what was left of the old mortises and put back. Base molding re-mitered and replaced. Beaded molding was made and secured in place to cover the cut made to remove the top molding. Tiny ¼ round molding was also made to dress up were the shelf joins the body. Custom molding was made to hold the wavy opaque acrylic which was used to fill the gothic arches. What a fun joint effort with a frat brother (ex-Fire Chief’s) and fellow LumberJock. Enjoy and Thanks for looking.

More pictures here—

-- Dale, Ohio

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-08-2014 02:37 AM

Very impressive work. Very clean and beautiful.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-08-2014 09:59 AM

Some very nice work there Dale, and getting rid of that yellowish finish really improved it too. I see you have posted quite a few nice projects this year, but somehow I haven’t seen most of them. I normally get email notifications when you post stuff, so I don’t know how I missed so many. I had a computer crash earlier this year, so maybe that had something to do with it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-08-2014 01:56 PM

Very nice work Dale. It takes some serious thinking to get a project like that to “re” finish. I bet you made a few people happy saving them all that money. It looks fantastic!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 11-08-2014 03:44 PM

You’ve done a fine job on this lectern, Dale. I’m sure that the church is very pleased with it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 11-09-2014 01:10 AM

Great restoration

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#6 posted 11-09-2014 12:30 PM

Very beautiful

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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