5-sided Mahogany pulpit

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Project by Obi posted 10-20-2006 04:13 AM 2888 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother-in-law wanted a pulpit that didn’t look like all the other pulpits he’d seen. He saw a site that had pulpits that were made of oak, but he didn’t want oak. We bought the mahogany and after making the five panels and gluing them together I made the mistake of laying a rag saturated with mineral oil on the top of it. Finish was then determined due to the rag. After oiling the pulpit and making a lectern to sit on top, he gave it to another pastor.

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#1 posted 10-20-2006 04:15 AM

Wecome Michael. Good choice in wood…love oak but…

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#2 posted 10-21-2006 05:17 AM

Obi: Thanks for your comments on my Cradle/Glider. I was asked today by the owner of a sawmill that I started visiting, if I could make a pulpit for his church. I told him sure and he said maybe we could trade some lumber for the pulpit. I’d been think about a trade for a week or so but had not brought it up, so it was nice that he started the trading action. He has about 3,000 BD ft of cherry in his barn. Most of it is 5/4 and thicker. Some of it is palet grade lumber and it wasn’t sticker correctly so its bowed, but that brings the perceived value of the lumber down in price. I took three pieces to check out and they were 5/4×8 in by 10 ft long and maybe I could salvage 2-3 pieces of 3×20 out of each plank. There was wind shake, splits and rot, but, they all seemed to be from the same log. I picked up 11 pieces today and they were a lot better. Actually a couple of boards that were curly cherry. Any tips on building a pulpit that would keep me out of trouble. My e-mail is

-- 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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#3 posted 10-21-2006 03:02 PM

Pulpits are like any “Custom” furniture, and I’d suggest you have your customer look online to see what kind of pulpit he likes the most, and then mix it with your own “Creative Genius”. This particular pulpit gave me the overall design my Brother-In-Law wanted and then we determined the heighth and width. I have a 22 1/2 degree router set originally purchased for 45 degree cabinsts so it was the first oportunity I had to use them. I used African Mahogany for the panel frames because my B-I-L liked the African better. I had to use Genuine Mahogany for the panels because that was the only 1/4” Mahogany I could find. He wanted it laquered, but after I left the oiled rag on the top, I just oiled the whole thing.

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#4 posted 02-01-2007 04:00 PM

Obi, nice work. I too find other folk’s work as a great inspirational springboarad for my own designs. I’ve never built a pulpit but maybe someday I’ll have the opportunity. THanks for sharing. Oh and loved your comments about the “Terdy Lamp”, I’m thinking a name change may be in order…..

-- Terry

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