Movable oak pulpit

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Project by lightweightladylefty posted 04-08-2008 07:39 AM 4522 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by an employee of our local nursing home where I volunteer to design and build a pulpit to replace one that had been built many years earlier out of paneling and plywood. They wanted something of a similar size and function to the old one so I based my design roughly on its dimensions. Since I have volunteered there for many years providing the music for their Thursday worship services, they were aware of my passion for woodworking as well as for the Lord’s work.

Even though we were working on our kitchen at the time, my husband agreed that I should take a break and use the opportunity to learn a few more skills. I was able to try a few firsts for me: the cove molding at the base was made on the tablesaw; the sides were joined to the front with splined miters; and it was my first attempt at applying an onlay.

The skirt at the base conceals casters which make it (relatively) easy to move since it is stored in a room separate from where it is used. (It is easier to move now that I’ve convinced them not to attempt to double its weight by using every square inch of space inside to store 100 pounds of books!)

The opening in the back of the top portion gives quick storage for the Bible or hymn book when not in use by the pastor. There is also a pencil groove cut across the flat portion of the top.

I completed this project in the days before I knew about SketchUp’s free download. It would have been easier with the computer and I’m sure I would have eliminated some extra steps, especially in connecting the base to the carcass. (If I had made the carcass a little longer at the bottom, I could have alleviated building up the base to the top of the cove molding.)

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-08-2008 11:27 AM

This is a nice piece of furniture. The raised panels and onlay add interesting visual details to the project.

Good job. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 04-08-2008 01:54 PM

Excellent work. I like the raised panel/cross detail on the front. I have been wanting to build a similar project for my daughter’s school.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 04-08-2008 02:11 PM

Very nice work on the pulpit!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#4 posted 04-08-2008 04:09 PM

Very nice peice. I bet the wheels help in the moving as it looks very solid.

thanks for the post.

-- Hope Never fails

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#5 posted 04-08-2008 04:33 PM

From one old leftie to another, this is a great pulpit. Looking forward to seeing some more of your projects.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-08-2008 05:03 PM

Great job. Beautiful wood. Nice finish. A good all round project, you should be commended too for the worthy project you donated your time to.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 04-08-2008 06:45 PM

Beautiful pulpit. You did a wonerful job on it. I do not see where you think you are not good? You are truely a gifted crafts person.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 04-09-2008 04:55 AM

Thanks for all the encouraging remarks. I didn’t mention that all the oak I use is sawn from our property. (They’re all dying of oak wilt.) We have a sawyer come in with a portable bandsaw mill and it makes the oak very affordable. And what’s not good enough to mill keeps us warm in the winter.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 06-20-2008 04:03 AM

I also like the raised panels the whole thing has a very warm feel .
Its extra special that the wood come from your own land .
keep up the good work.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#10 posted 08-05-2008 11:37 AM

Excellent job on this project : ) Have a wonderful day !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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