Lectern to Replace a Music Stand

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Project by luv2learn posted 10-19-2013 12:14 AM 3738 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Pastor: “Your just the man I want to see”
Me: “Uh Oh”
Pastor: “Can you build me a simple lectern?”
Me: “Nothing is simple, how big do you want it?”
Pastor: I don’t want a massive pulpit, just something simple.”

That is the conversation that launched this project. He was using a black metal music stand as his lectern and wanted to upgrade it to something a little more refined. I get dry mouth when I am asked to do something like this because my vision of what an upgrade would look like and his vision might not align.

I already had the feet and hexagon base built because I wanted a music stand for myself but I thought that the base was too bulky so these parts were just laying in the corner of my shop collecting dust. When my pastor asked me to build him a simple lectern I dusted off the base and feet and decided to finish the rest of my music stand and call it a lectern. I figured if he doesn’t like it, I have a cool music stand for myself.

The center post is adjustable vertically and the top, mounted on a single trunnion, can be adjusted from flat to a 45 degree angle. The hexagon base and trunnion are made from reclaimed hickory flooring. the feet and center post are oak. The platform is 3/4” birch plywood trimmed in pallet oak. The finish is several coats of high gloss poly.

As is the case with many of my projects there are no plans other than the ones floating around in my head.

As always thanks for looking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 10-19-2013 12:37 AM

That is one good looking lectern! It has a quiet elegance that is perfect for the church. Your Pastor has got to be impressed and pleased—and, hopefully you got a couple of good marks from above.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 10-19-2013 12:45 AM

Great job on the Lectern! Love the design that you came up with. The craftsmanship is def top notch!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 10-19-2013 01:35 AM

Nice work Lee. I’m sure the Pastor liked it as well. Was that what he had in mind?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 10-19-2013 01:47 AM

If he isn’t happy with that; he expects too much!


I have met very few plans that I want to build 100% their way.

Most of the things I make have at least a 50% modification or more.
That is how new technology of all kinds originates. Henry Ford was just to lazy to walk! Look where that led.

Cyrus McCormick hated farm work——If you have ever actually swung a scythe really working; you will know WHY! The result of that changed the world.
The Keller Brothers were mechanics at Foxhome MN and the neighbor needed something to clean turkey barns. It had to be very agile- and capable. The first skid-loaders were actually 3 wheels—just a back caster, they got stuck. The Kellers realixed that by being able to have one set of close tandem wheels on each side they could get twice the traction and the reversing individually would turn the loader. The Skid-loader is now used around the world. Bob Cat is a brand name—but most people refer to all skidloaders as Bobcats.


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#5 posted 10-19-2013 01:52 AM

That looks beautiful and functional.

Apparently, you were just the man your pastor wanted to see!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#6 posted 10-19-2013 02:14 AM

Well your lectern turned out very nice Lee! Noting is simple about it at all.
Nice work as usual!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 10-19-2013 02:20 AM

Well guys he hasn’t seen it yet I will take it to him on Sunday.

Thanks John, Hoss, Larry, and Chuck for your thoughtful comments.

Ralbuck, I don’t know who said that “necessity is the mother of invention” but you articulated the thought very well in your examples. Thanks!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 10-19-2013 02:23 AM

Wow…thats above and beyond L2L. Only problem I see with this project…gonna cause you lots of extra work when the folks at your church see what a tallented ww’er your are. You will be having lots of those lil conversations very soon. Fantastic build…your reputation for high tech projects remains secure.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#9 posted 10-19-2013 02:33 AM

Very nice lectern. I like the handy adjustment handle, too!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 10-19-2013 03:25 AM

Very excellent work Lee.

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#11 posted 10-19-2013 04:48 AM

As a preacher, I’m telling you that it is perfect. I need one to replace a music stand I’ve been using. Got any plans for this one?

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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#12 posted 10-19-2013 05:10 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!

-- It is not necessary for Some People to turn OFF the LIGHT to be IN the DARK! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#13 posted 10-19-2013 06:02 AM

Thanks Jim and Jim for your kind words.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 10-19-2013 06:08 AM

Sorry Kerux2 I didn’t draw up plans, at least not on paper or computer.

Thanks for the kind words Magnum.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 10-19-2013 11:37 AM

This is really beautiful buddy.

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