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Project by SimonSKL posted 02-24-2011 11:21 PM 5295 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our church pastor asked me if I could build him an open pulpit because he wants to be seen instead of hidden by the traditional boxy pulpit. After some research I came across this one design that he and the trustees like.

The arcs of the circular top and bottom are not concentric which makes the middle part wider than the ends. The tops and bottoms are made of 1” thick red oak with an 1” spacer in between the two tops. The two legs are 1 1/2” thick. Since the pulpit will be moved regularly so the joinery must be strong enough for the task. I decided to go with the tenon and mortise joints for both top and bottom. The top is angled 15 degree up from back to front and about 4 degree from side to the middle. The cutting of the top tenon was somewhat complicated which involved compound angle cuts.

After the initial 15 degree cut, the following sequence of pictures show how I cut the top tenon for each leg. The blade is set at 4 degree from vertical throughout all the cuts.




This is the final outcome of the cuts

In order to hide the microphone wire and to allow the cable to be replaced in the future I cut a channel in the back of one of the legs and used a 1/4” strip to cover the channel (see picture #5).

Finish is 3 coats of waterbased stain and 3 coats of Polycrylic semi-gloss clear coats.

Thanks for looking.

-- Simon, Danville, IL





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SCOTSMAN

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 11:35 PM

Most of the Priest around here prefer to be hidden below the waste as they have nothing on but ladies underwear and suspenders .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 12:11 AM

Interesting, different, not your traditional desigh but then what is traditioonal. Looks diffacult to build with the tapered legs and top and bottom piece. Overall a very nice woodworking project. I hope that all who atten, enjoy His message.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 12:23 AM

Love it! Great execution.

-- Paul, Texas

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#4 posted 02-25-2011 12:30 AM

Very nice

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 02-25-2011 01:05 AM

nice design and build
great job

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#6 posted 02-25-2011 03:13 AM

Very nice compound joint!. May I know what wood did you use for the legs. I have exactly same wood that I cannot identify. It is hard and very strong too. Thanks for posting.
God Bless,

-- Bert

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#7 posted 02-25-2011 03:55 AM

Nice work and design.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 02-25-2011 06:33 AM

Bert, the legs are red oak too.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#9 posted 02-25-2011 07:02 AM

Thanks Simon,
Now I know. I got 6 pcs of 1” x 5” x 6 ft with T&G (previous floor) given to me free and it will be good for a table arbor…

-- Bert

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#10 posted 02-27-2011 01:35 AM

Man! Thats A nice piece of work. I have been thinking of building another podium. Thanks for the ideas. I have pictures of my first podium in my photos!

-- Tools tools and more tools its funny when we go in a store for anything we always look at the tools

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pastorglen

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#11 posted 02-27-2011 01:42 AM

That’s really nice! I love the design. I’d love to have one like that at our church. Maybe I’ll have to do some designing on this.

Thanks for posting.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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pastorglen

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#12 posted 02-27-2011 01:45 AM

I thought that was a cup holder for a second. I see it’s for the mic.

I like all the pictures you included, too. Good detail.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#13 posted 02-27-2011 02:20 AM

I deliver the pulpit to church this morning. Here are a few pictures of the pulpit on the podium.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#14 posted 04-30-2013 06:10 PM

Where can I find the plans to this Pulpit ?

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SimonSKL

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#15 posted 04-30-2013 06:14 PM

Sorry, no plan available. I just saw a picture of this and built it from there.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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