Pulpit and Communion Table

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Project by Derrick posted 05-02-2008 10:31 PM 1581 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am the pastor of a small church that I started just a few years ago, and I enjoy doing some woodworking on the side as a hobby. I decided to build a pulpit and communion table for our church. There was a lot of planning that went into the design. I wanted a nice big surface to be able to have my Bible open along with sermon notes without everything hanging over the side. I really do not like preaching behind a small pulpit. This project was great because I built the pulpit for my height. The main box that you see in the picture is 48 in tall, 40 in wide, and 22 in deep. The angled surface (that you cannot see – where my Bible would go) is 24 in. wide and 20 in. tall.

The Communion table was built to match. It is on some nice casters so it rolls out and I can sit behind it during communion services. There is also shelving underneath for extra storage. The Communion table is 20×48 and is 30 inches tall.

Both boxes were made from 3/4 oak plywood. All the trim is solid oak. I really liked how the window boxes turned out with three on the communion table, and two on the pulpit. Both the pulpit and communion table have one on each side also. I have had some people in the church say that it is aesthetically appealing because it makes a visual step up.

The finish was a simple stain (color – puritan pine) followed by two coats of polyurethane. I need a better picture of the finished project, but this one shows it installed in the church.

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#1 posted 05-02-2008 10:43 PM

Looks really nice. You’re right, the trim boxes really turn these from ordinary into something special.

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

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#2 posted 05-02-2008 11:12 PM

Nice job! I wish you well with your church.

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

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#3 posted 05-02-2008 11:32 PM

Nice clean lines. Good work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 05-02-2008 11:36 PM

well done.

-- JJohn

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#5 posted 05-03-2008 12:22 AM

These are two gorgeous pieces. The trim does add a nice architectural element to the pieces that create visual interest.

Thanks for the post. You did well on both of these.

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

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#6 posted 05-03-2008 12:30 AM

From on Rev to another, well done.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#7 posted 05-03-2008 03:54 AM

Good detail and design. You did a beautiful job on these pieces. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 05-03-2008 06:23 AM

Your pulpit and communion table look like a nice addition to God’s house. We know what you mean about making the pulpit big enough. When my husband struggled with Bible and notes fitting on a too-small pulpit, our young grandson who was visiting that Sunday wanted to know when he would get better and not need the notes. (Maybe he had watched too much of Charles Stanley!) My husband actually double-stick taped an extra top to a pulpit where he has occasionally filled in because even though the pulpit is a huge, wrap-around victorian-era pulpit, the top was no bigger than his open Bible!

It looks like your congregation is blessed to have both a pastor (who is not afraid to use God’s Word) and a talented woodworker!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 05-03-2008 06:35 AM

Great looking Pulpit and Communion table. I enjoyed making my pulpit as a commission. Traded wood for the pulpit.

-- 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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