Church Floor Lectern

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Project by woodgu posted 11-22-2010 05:58 AM 1376 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When teachers at church are addressing a smaller class or group in the sanctuary, they will, many times, teach from the floor versus the pulpit. This mahogany lectern was finished in such a manner to match the pews, the pulpit, and the Lord’s table.

-- Phil G

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 06:12 AM

That is very nice. I just love mahogany. I love the way it sort of shimmers. It is truly a beautiful wood. My two favorite woods are mahogany and walnut, but I think I really like mahogany better. The figure and color is just so nice.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 07:05 AM

Thank you. I delivered this last night and the color matched the sanctuary’s furniture perfectly. The trim is 1/4” x 9/16” that is mitered to dress up the boxes. The cross has a handcut mitered lap joint in it. I used a homemade jig using two quicksquares to guide my chisels. I cut the joint with a dovetail saw and then tweaked it using paring chisels. Knowing it will be on the front for all to see made it a bit nerve racking. This was my first time to work with mahogany and I really liked the ease of cutting and the finished look.

-- Phil G

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#3 posted 11-22-2010 03:57 PM

Great job, beautiful!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 04:22 PM

Great job and thanks for posting it.

-- In His service ,Richard

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#5 posted 11-22-2010 07:40 PM

That is a beautiful piece! GREAT JOB!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#6 posted 11-24-2010 06:59 PM

I thought I would post the link for the episode of the Woodright's Shop that inspired the joint used in making the cross.

Making this joint tight using a dovetail saw and chisels was challenging. I made a jig with a couple of quick squares to help me guide the chisels.

-- Phil G

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