Preachers Delight

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Project by poppatom posted 04-07-2011 04:07 AM 1434 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since attending a small church which is still in it’s infancy our preacher had been using an old music stand for a pulpit, and since I had just finished building some boxes for the kids in church I was volunteered to build a new pulpit. No one seemed to know what they wanted but did agree that it needed to be mobile so it could be moved when not needed.
Never having built anything along these lines I had to scratch my head a bit. I used red oak for this project, it has raised panels center front and on the sides with a built in PA system. For the speakers I recessed them in 4 inches and designed and built new speaker fronts, one on each side. For the speaker covers I used a rail and style joint then I purchased an 36 X 36 sheet of aluminum with a clover design from Lowe’s and cut it to fit, I then backed it with some plastic screen wire. To pull it all tight I ran some screen rubber seal all the way around so as not to rattle when used. The back door panels are 1/4” Luna.
To power it up I installed a heavy power strip inside, run the end over to the lower right corner and out. I cut the female in end off replaced it with a 15 amp male end so all one needed to do was run an extension cord to it. I also placed a guard around it to help protect the prongs.

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.

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Randy Sharp

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 04:26 AM


You’ve done a beautiful job on this! The pastor and congregation are blessed to have your talents. And…I’m sure the Master Carpenter is proud of you. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 04-07-2011 06:01 AM

Excellent, Poppatom!

Very nice work. Lots of skills demonstrated in this project.

-- vicrider

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#3 posted 04-07-2011 06:29 AM

Very nice workmanship! The pulpit has enough room for Bible, notes, hymnbook, and more. It looks very substantial and must be quite heavy for moving.

The one I built is about a fourth the size of yours, has large casters, and still takes some effort to move it over carpeting when they load the inside with hymnbooks! Of course, I’m pretty much of a wimp so that could be the problem. ;-)

Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 04-07-2011 12:53 PM

Thanks everyone for taking the time to look! Our preacher is excited about having something a lot better than a music stand. I can’t think of a nicer comment Randy, thank you very much! Glad to see you’re still around vicrider, I always look forward to seeing your work and I appreciate your comments as well. Excellent work on your pulpit lightweight, I think our congregation had something like that in mind but the person who purchased the sound system also purchased 4 large speakers and wanted them mounted in it. Having all that equipment so close together feedback would be a big problem so I decided to model it after a mobile work bench I had designed for my shop so I could put a little distance between each of the components. Once again thanks one and all!

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.

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#5 posted 04-07-2011 01:25 PM

This is a very nice design and you did a wonderful job on it. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 04-07-2011 03:00 PM

A very nice job indeed!! It is quite beautiful and looks well built. The PA part looks like it will do a good job for you. I would offer a small piece of advice to make your PA sound better, that is to add some sort of sound absorption on three sides of the speaker compartments. Carpet padding type foam or egg-crate foam works well. It will absorb standing waves from the speakers and prevent sound waves from bouncing around inside the cabinet which alters the speaker sound (sometimes quite harshly). The speakers will sound fuller and more natural if this is done. They will also be able to stand more power and volume without sounding ‘hollow’. I have been building/installing PA systems for years in churches and other places and have found that some sound absorption is always needed. You can also hang a heavy cloth type material just behind the speakers to help some. You may also need a ‘rubberized’ or isolated mic holder (maybe that is what is on it, just can’t tell) to prevent low end rumble/feedback from the microphone picking up the low end of the speaker vibrations through the wood of the cabinet. It is truly a great project overall, love the grills and the AC hook-up really makes it easy to move when necessary, very innovative!

-- Dennis, WV

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#7 posted 04-07-2011 04:35 PM

Not being a sound tech I do however appreciate the advice, I would have never thought of that. If problems come up I’ll defiantly do that, thanks a bunch!

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.

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#8 posted 04-07-2011 07:10 PM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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