Red Oak Lectern

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Project by lew posted 04-09-2012 12:59 AM 1904 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the lectern!

It is made from Red Oak with Minwax Golden Oak stain and three applications gloss poly. The only mechanical fasteners used were to attach the foot and top to the column. Everything else is mortise and tenon, half lap and dados. I still need to add some felt pads as protective feet.

The top is 20” x 20” and it stands 46” at the mid point of the top, My brother-in-law is quite tall and requested this height. The picture he sent me, from the church furniture catalog, had this piece selling for a little over $800! I think I will charge him a lot less than that!!

Thanks for looking!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Gabe C.

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 01:42 AM

What a gorgeous piece to hold such an honored position. I haven’t done any projects with oak yet where I have used a stain, and I love how the grain stands out so beautifully with the stain you used.
Your brother-in-law is a lucky guy to have gotten such a great deal. Probably worth much more than the catalog listing. Thanks for posting!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#2 posted 04-09-2012 02:47 AM

Wow, nice job Lew !
That came out super nice !
I really like the detail on your column supports and the finish is beautiful.
I’ve been using a lot of that Golden Oak stain/poly finish and really like how it makes oak look.

I bet your brother is mighty happy to have a talent like you in the family !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 04-09-2012 03:02 AM

nice work BUD

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 03:27 AM

Looks great! I love those projects that cost much less and last much longer than buying it from a store.


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#5 posted 04-09-2012 03:29 AM

Nice work.i use golden oak/poly,on my projects with red oak,love it for oak.

-- BiLL @wee3

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#6 posted 04-09-2012 03:48 AM

Nice…i think you should offer it to him for $795…truly nice work…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 04-09-2012 03:59 AM

nice job Lew. fantastic looking.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 04-09-2012 10:16 AM

Very nice work on this. I am sure he will love this and use it well.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 04-09-2012 12:28 PM

Custom sized, sturdy, finished nicely. Your B-I-L should be very pleased. Good work!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 04-09-2012 12:52 PM

really nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 04-09-2012 01:02 PM

Beautiful Lectern, Lew.

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#12 posted 04-09-2012 02:36 PM

Thanks everyone for the very kind words!

Gabe- The look and feel of Red Oak grain is really appealing to me, too!

Eric- The picture in the catalog was so small, I hope the details are close enough to suit him.

Dan- Thanks!!

Kyle- It is a crime what those people in the catalog are charging for a little bit of wood and some finish.

Bill- The golden oak stain and red oak color/grain seem to go naturally together, don’t they.

Matt- Sounds like a fair deal to me ;^)

Karson- Thanks!!

Jay- Thanks! Waiting to hear from him on his thoughts!

Rick- Thanks!

Roger- Thanks!!

CJ- Thanks!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 04-09-2012 03:09 PM

Looks great, Lew….......I am sure he will be pleased.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 04-09-2012 03:57 PM

Jim- Thanks! Now all I have to do is get my sister to deliver it!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Mainiac Matt

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#15 posted 04-09-2012 06:58 PM

Seems like I’ve seen a number of projects in red oak using the Golden Oak Minwax stain lately…..

I think I may need to give it a try, as it looks really nice.

Great job on the lecturn!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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