Reduced Size Altar Bookstand

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Project by L posted 07-09-2015 03:39 PM 1246 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As with the first altar book stand I posted on Lumberjocks, I used white oak, stained simply with ‘Natural’ color stain so as not to interfere with the wood burning. Then I applied a few coats of water-based clear finish.

The edges of the frame are slightly chamfered, but not the edges of the slats. Look at the two photos I shot during construction. The two slats under which are the legs of the stand are full thickness of the frame while the other ten slats are only 2/3’s. The dado is 1/4” cut by dado blade in table-saw. I simply used 5/8” long x 1/4” ‘spacers’ between the slats. This method is a whole lot easier to construct than drilling mortises in the rails of the frame. It may not satisfy the purist woodworker but this worked out great.

For the curious, as with the first stand I’ve posted, the spaces between the slats tongues is filled with small pieces of the oak that are all even cut. They are what provided me the ability to install the slats individually rather than all in one rail and then all of them at once in the other rail. I attached the two rails to one one stile installed a spacer in each rail, glued in a slat, dry fit a slat at the far end of the rails, squared it all up and let it dry. then I glued in spacers and slid each slat into place where I dropped a a bit of glue in the rail slot, squared it up and repeated to the end then pi the other stile on. Much easier handling one slat at a time rather than anywhere from 9 at once.
Here’s a shot look at one of the rails.

This lectionary stand is slightly smaller in all dimensions than the first one I posted. It’s book frame is 16-3/8” x 14” and the bottom the the bookrail is 1-1/4” above the altar wile the top of the frame is 9-1/2” up.

For this one I added some grooves wrapped around each leg. Nice idea but this was not the specie of wood to do it with. It look great but it was a bear.

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#1 posted 07-10-2015 10:47 PM

Nothing wrong with tongue and groove construction, in fact it makes a lot of sense in this application. Question, did you leave the groove open between slats or fill them to mimic a M&T joint?

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#2 posted 07-11-2015 12:01 AM

Great question, Greg. I explain how and why I assembled this project together the way I did and inserted a photo of the spaces between the slats.

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