|Project by Scott Oldre||posted 08-14-2016 07:54 PM||819 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
This is the final gift for our final Vicar. We will no longer be involved with training of student pastors, so this was a bitter sweet build. I only had a little over a month to design and build this one, as this spring, I had to create a lectern for our Pastor of 16 years who moved on recently. Busy busy, and I have a real job that keeps me out of the garage. That and the 100+ degree temps with some of the nastiest humidity I’ve seen in South Carolina in years. Just miserable to work in the 2 car garage, but I had a self imposed and immmovable deadline. I don’t do these on a commission, or even because someone asks me to make them, its purely being moved by the moment. In all the time I’ve been working with wood, I’ve only sold a single item, and that was because someone I hardly knew (we were new in the neighborhood) was pushing about me making some cutting boards as if I did this for a living. So..I made her pay for being pushy. :)
I know that the minute I’d try making money at what I love to do, I’d start hating it.
So originally the plan was to build something with verticals, 2 tall in the front, and 2 short in the rear. I had drawn out what I thought I wanted to do, but after I’d cut the Walnut pieces and had leaned 3 of them up against a cabinet just to get them out of my way, the angles from the way I leaned them, said “Hey, we don’t need that 4th piece, here’s your new design…go with it.” So I listened to that little voice and what you see is the result. Not even a close resemblance to what I’d originally envisioned and even scribbled out.
The 3 pieces of Walnut are just under 2” thick, and about 5.5” wide on the bottom of the two side pieces and about 4.5 on the center. They are slightly cut at an opposite angle so they all can meet in the center and still swing. They are all held together by a 6” 3/8” bolt with washers that are hidden by the removable side Bocote accent pieces. I turned the bocote slightly larger than the hole at the very bottom of the piece, then cut reliefs around it so that when you pressed it in, they would be held in tight by friction, but easily removed if you need to tighten or even take the piece apart.
The two side pieces are also held together by a half lap, hand cut dovetailed bocote piece to keep the correct angle and keep them in parallel to each other when they swing in or out to adjust the height. Orignally when I first started playing the the design, I didn’t think I’d need the joining piece, but that quickly changed once they all started swinging independently on the bolt. I think it all worked out better anyway, because now with the chain between the long center and the joining section piece, it’s easy to adjust height and keep it steady by letting chain in or out. depending on the height of the person using it. The chain holder is just a fancy brass hinge cut off with a hacksaw and a kerf made to capture the chain for adjustment.
The chain and it’s attachment are covered by a smooth piece of Bocote that I drilled through large enough so that the bent chain link underneath wouldn’t be an issue, but it still hid the actual attachment screw. The bocote piece is a press fit, so if the chain were ever to break, you can pry it out and get at the screw that holds the chain.
The top is Lati, which I’ve always heard is wenge’s cousin. just white instead of black. Not sure about it’s geneology, but the grain is very tight and pretty up close. I had to cut two pieces and spline them together, and because of the extreme grain, you can’t at all see where the top and bottom piece are glued. The top is then surrounded by more bocote which is splined all around into the top. Since it is hot and humid and the Lati started moving a lot, i did a very tiny champher where the verticals and the horizontals of the Bocote frames meet so that there’s not sharp edge when the lati swells.
The pencil / paper rail is a tenoned into a mortice on the Lati top.
The whole thing is 3 coats of the MinSpir/BLO/Poly so we didn’t lose the grain and it’s not too shiney. But very smooth to the touch.
I had it laid down before presenting it to him and told him in front of the congregation that I just didn’t have the time to do another Lectern so quickly after the last one, and everyone commented later that they could see the sadness rise in his face. I told him I’d made a coffee table instead. It was perfect. Then when I lifted the “coffe table” up to show him his lectern, he was floored. That’s what I live for, thats what I work with wood for. To make people emotional about the wood as much as I am.
Sorry so long, but it’s like this every time I have to let one of my children (projects) out of the garage and they go off when their new owner. It’s an emotional time.
Thanks for looking and as always grateful for your comments.
-- Scott, Irmo SC