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Project by caocian posted 1958 days ago 2089 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a unique and challenging project. The client wanted a portable podium that he could easily load in the trunk of a car and take to speaking engagements around the country. The total weight could ne=ot exceed 50lbs. The design challenge was not in making a collapsable podium, but rather one that didn’t look like it was about to collapse.

The top attaches to the base with knobs that fit into threaded inserts in the top rails of the base. The hinged lid also stores the mic cables. Overall, it’s a very sturdy podium that doesn’t look collapsable. He’s very happy with the results.

Walnut, quartersawn white oak, and quartersawn white oak plywood.

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#1 posted 1958 days ago

Awesome project, definately does not look like a knock down from the front. Is there a way to level it in case it gets set up on an uneven floor? Awesome!

-- Accept Nothing, Challenge Everything

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#2 posted 1958 days ago

Very ingenious design! I forsee a lot of LJ’s making one or more of these. Great selection of woods. They go great together.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#3 posted 1958 days ago

Great design…. and name too. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 1958 days ago

Cool and I second Charlie great name….

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#5 posted 1958 days ago

Unique design yes but great workmanship also.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#6 posted 432 days ago

very nice! there are some wood combinations you can’t beat, I will now add Quartersawn white oak and walnut to that list

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 432 days ago

It’s a very nice design and the whole project was well executed. This leads to an obviously satisfied client. Congratulations.

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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