Another Teacher's Podium

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 11-13-2012 12:41 AM 3023 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of ours ordered a podium. She teaches 8th grade Texas History at the new junior school in our local school district. The district doesn’t provide podiums for the teachers and the thing she has been using is down right riduculous.

The only thing different from the other one I built is she asked for a second adjustable shelf.

My wife arranged for us to bring her lunch today during her conference period and we surprised her. She had no idea it was ready to go. She was tickled beyond belief. It did take a few minutes to get past the front door, down the halls to her room because first the school principal wanted to check it out. He liked it alot. Then a teacher stopped us for a look-see. He asked for some pics of it so he could pass them around. :-) May be another order in the near future.

The podium is made from Red Oak including the plywood used for the frame and panel construction. It has a drawer and two shallow slots for pencils on top of the desk. The collapsible shelf on the front is used for projectors or as in this new school, an Elmo. ??? Heck if I know what it is. I think it conects to her lapto to project on a screen much like an overhead projector from the past. A power strip is mounted under the drawer providing power for the equipment. I installed grommets so the cords could be routed safely.

The finish is Min Wax Red Mahogany 225 with several coats of Deft Clear Wood Finish.
It looks pretty darn spanky in person. :-)

Hope you like it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 11-13-2012 12:45 AM

Yeah, but unfortunately, us teachers really can’t get good use of these antiquated devices because the kids are no long capable of learning via lecture. I’m serious…it’s this train of thought which is the reason why a lot of schools do not even bother to buy them anymore.

Very, very nice work anyway. I’d love to have it for my own classroom.

-- jay,

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#2 posted 11-13-2012 12:52 AM

It got immediate use. We had the front shelf in the raised position and as the kids were filing out for lunch, they were dropping off their papers on it. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 09-28-2016 05:09 PM

Hey can I get ur dementions I’ve been looking for the dementions for this podium an I can’t find them

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