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My sister “commissioned” this project for the minister at her church.

Her email started out ” don’t have to do this if you don’t want to, but…”, so as you can guess…

Made from 3/4” birch plywood and walnut. It stands about 42” at the rear. The top is 20” x 30”. The two shelves are adjustable. The compound angles of the sides meeting the top were a real pain to calculate. I ended up making a scale model and practicing until I got them to fit.

I cannot believe how thin the veneer layer is on plywood today. I used my sharpest, thinnest, highest tooth count blade and put tape on every cut to eliminate chipping- but some still showed up. The up side was that I didn’t have to put a finish on it. The basement shop is too cold and the minister wanted it before spring so he said he would do it.

Thanks for looking!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 03-04-2015 01:55 AM

Those “commissions” are always fun aren’t they?

-- See my work at and

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#2 posted 03-04-2015 02:05 AM

You did a superb job on this. I know what you mean on those compound cuts! I am sure your daughter, the minister AND the congregation will love it.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 03-04-2015 02:46 AM

Looks Super. Nice work Lew.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 03-04-2015 12:10 PM

Looks great Lew.
And three cheers for not having to finish it.

I can feel your pain on those angles.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 03-04-2015 12:24 PM

Well done Lew! Looks fantastic with all those compound cuts. Perhaps you could get a pic after it is finished and post it?

Thanks for sharing!!

The Sedcokid

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 03-04-2015 12:55 PM

This turned out beautifully, Lew, and it was a worthy cause too. All is well that ends well.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 03-04-2015 01:59 PM

Really nice Lew. I like the wood combos.

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

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#8 posted 03-04-2015 02:04 PM

What an awesome blessing. Not everyone gets to build something like that.

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#9 posted 03-04-2015 04:07 PM

Classy item, Lew.

Re the veneer, some plywood seems to have a thicker layer than others, but I haven’t figured out how to get the better stuff consistently. I bought some birch ply at HD about 8 to 12 months ago, I think, and it is much better birch ply than what I had been getting. Even the workman helping me commented on it. But that still didn’t make up for the junk they had been selling for a number of years.

Be sure to check your ZCI’s to make sure they haven’t gotten chewed up and don’t function well anymore. Does the ZCI fit that thin blade? I always think I adjust or fix some issue and think it is done forever….......and then when I get poor results, I realize I have to keep up the maintenance…...

Have a good one, finely getting a little lighter here, not much snow left on the ground, and temps are usually above freezing….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 03-04-2015 04:41 PM

Jim is right Lew, this is one classy Lectern, yep those angles sure do throw a twist into things, making a model is about the best way to work things out…but you sure did a beautiful job, your a great brother im sure, and doing this for your sister was a great thing to do for her, its been awhile since i had to use any plywood and im glad, fighting the thin veneer would be to lucked out on not having to do the finish..maybe when its all done you can add a few pictures of how it finished…i hope he does it justice…i hope your doing well lew…tell Mimi i said hello…take care ..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 03-04-2015 05:23 PM

Those “buts” will get you every time. Beautiful work for a deserving cause and happy sister!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 03-04-2015 05:43 PM

Great work Lew I love the contrasting colours!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#13 posted 03-04-2015 10:51 PM

Nicely done Lew. I too am interested in seeing the final finish by the minister.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#14 posted 03-04-2015 11:48 PM

JA- My family has a habit of “volunteering” me for projects!

Jay- Thanks! Mimi and I met the minister “half way” on Monday and handed it over. He seemed quite pleased.

Mike- Thanks!

Steve- Thanks! The little trim helped hide the slight angle miscalculations!! I wasn’t disappointed in not having to put on a finish either.

Chuck- Thanks! I suppose my sister will send a photo once it is in place.

Charles- Thanks!

Chad- Thanks!

Jim- Thanks! After reading your suggestion, I checked my insert. Sure enough, it was badly worn. Looks like a little shop maintenance is in order. Thanks for the idea! I think Pennsylvania has been getting all your cold this year. Harrisburg had their coldest February on record. We have some snow- if you need any ;^)

Bob- Thanks! I never even gave the angled cuts a thought when I started drawing the plans. It was a rude awakening! Mimi says “Hi” and we hope your back isn’t bothering you.

John- They sure do! And just after she made the request, she and her husband took off to spend the winter in Florida. Something not fair in all of that!

Ashe- Thanks! I have to give credit to the minister on that. He picked the materials.

John- Thanks! I’m hoping to get a picture of it in the new church.

Thanks everyone for the very kind words and comments. Also, thank you for all of the “views” making this a Daily Top Three!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 03-05-2015 03:42 AM

Lew: A beautiful job.

I’m glad that everyone seems to like this. It might even make the congregation sit up and listen.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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