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Project by richgreer posted 10-25-2011 04:53 PM 3275 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started as a carpentry project when I put in the floor (raised 14” above the sanctuary floor) and built the half walls. Then it became a woodworking project when I built the lockable compartment with the tambour top, added oak trim to the top of the walls and built custom drawers. I also built a storage closet at the back.

I purchased a pre-made tambour top from Woodwaves, Inc. and I would recommend them to anyone considering a project like this. In theory, one can make their own tambour top, but I think the money spent (about $150) was money well spent. The top is of excellent qiuality.

Since the studs are not secured to a ceiling, I used 3/4 inch plywood for the inside walls to add rigidity to the half walls. It works well. Those walls are solid.

If you have seen my other recent projects you will know that I’ve been working on numerous projects for our church. You will also note that we have done everything in oak with bloodwood trim. On this project I used bloodwood for the handles on the drawers and the tambour top.

Some might notice the dados cut into the little short door and wonder what they are for. I cut those dados after I discovered that the slides for the drawers scratched the door when I opened the drawers. You might call that an on-the-fly design change.

Next project – - An advent wreath that is consistent in design with everything else. Of course, I have to have that done by the end of November.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 10-25-2011 05:04 PM

Good project and a good cause.

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

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#2 posted 10-25-2011 05:05 PM

Nice job, Rich. I’d like to put a tambour top over our mixer, but there are so many wires behind it that it will never happen. Whoever did the initial installation made the wires just the right length so now it is forever anchored as it sits.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 10-25-2011 05:17 PM

Nice! job. what about that little stool In the pic.? thanks!

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#4 posted 10-25-2011 05:30 PM

B13 – When you say “little stool” I assume you are referring to the little table you see in the first picture. I did not make that and it is a piece of cheap junk.

There is actually a table like this on each side of the aisle. I made the other one. You can see it here.

I made this table when the original was knocked over and broke. I need to make one more to replace this piece of junk. The originals use plywood and brads and the cross pieces between the legs are cheap brass. The one I made uses solid wood and dowel joinery (no hardware anywhere). The cross pieces are half-lapped solid oak that are connected to the legs with a mortise and tenon joint.

The ushers use these tables to hold bulletins that are handed out to people as they enter the sanctuary.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 10-25-2011 06:26 PM

Rich, great job…. looking good. Always fun to help the church.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 10-25-2011 07:22 PM

Growing up as the son of a Methodist preacher who was a cabinetmaker in an earlier life, I’ve been a part of many of these kinds of projects. My 4 kids helped me build a soundboard desk and a matching media desk for the back of the sanctuary of our extended campus church building, we had a blast. Since the pieces were to be painted, the painters got to fix all the boo-boos left by the younger ones, I’m sure none of them were mine.

Nice job.

-- If I'm not in the shop, I'm someplace else. Joel, Lumberjock #30,000

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#7 posted 10-25-2011 09:58 PM

Well done Rich. As a musician that has worked in church music most of my life, let me thank you and/or your church for not putting the sound equipment in a little room off the corner of the sanctuary. I have had great frustration over the years because, even the best sound person cannot adjust things correctly if they cannot hear what it actually sounds like in the room. You have done a great job with this. I really like the tambour top. I have seen numerous different ways to attempt to secure the equipment and that is without doubt the most elegant method that I have seen thus far. I am sure that the people of your church are very appreciative and rightfully so. That is quality work.


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

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#8 posted 10-25-2011 10:23 PM

Thanks Doc. Let me comment on the “security issue”. We are not particularly concerned about people stealing equipment despite the fact that that is a remote risk. The primary concern of our audio people is to protect the equipment from being messed with. That has already been a problem.

Once you get your mixer board set up the way you want it, you want it to stay that way unless a knowledgeable person makes a deliberate change. That is the primary reason for the lockable compartment with the tambour top.

If someone is motivated to steal equipment, the tambour top is not going to stop them. If some kid wants to play with the controls on the mixer, the tambour top should be sufficient to prevent that (I hope).

As an FYI, our audio booth is controlling more than just the sound. We also installed a screen and projector and visual enhancements to our service are also part of what the control person does. The screen is completely out of sight when not in use, but can be lowered from the ceiling by remote control when needed. I believe our upgraded audio and visual system will greatly enhance our worship experience. That is what it is all about.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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