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Project by Bill Butler posted 03-28-2008 02:50 AM 2165 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has been an elementary school teacher for almost 15 years. When she started at a new job some 5 years ago, it came up that she could really use a podium of some sort. All of her previous schools had provided the teachers with some sort of podium, but this school was lacking this “creature comfort”

After scouring some samples, I decided to build her one. Constructed out of birch ply, red oak edging, MinWax Sedona Stain, and several coats of poly. The unit is equipped with leveling glides. Completed in ‘03.

I would like to have had a picture of it in the classroom in use, however I couldn’t find one.

She has been the envy of all of the other teachers in her school, with many requesting that I build them one.

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#1 posted 03-28-2008 03:03 AM

I bet…that she is the envy…I am in my 10th yr of teaching and boy do i love my podium…beautiful job…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 03-28-2008 03:08 AM

That turned out pretty good. I bet your wife likes it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-28-2008 03:53 AM

This is a nice piece. Sounds like you have a market for more of these.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-28-2008 10:35 AM

Wow, that is nice. The finish looks to be flawless.

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#5 posted 03-28-2008 01:24 PM

You can have a nice little side business with the local universitys. Good job.

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#6 posted 03-28-2008 03:44 PM

Great project, making ladies happy is a side benifit to being a woodworker.

-- Stuart, North Dakota

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#7 posted 03-28-2008 09:02 PM

A very useful piece of wood working. Was those props necessary?

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Bill Butler

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#8 posted 03-28-2008 09:47 PM

Hi Sharad,

I assume you are referring to the sawhorses I had it propped up on. I had just finished finish sanding of the piece. I don’t have an assembly table, so I found the sawhorses useful to deal with the lower portions of the piece. Of course it made for an easier photo op too.


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