Podium For Daughter's Sorority

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Project by shopmania posted 03-17-2011 05:27 AM 1579 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter asked me to make this for her sorority, because they were renting one at least one time per year for their recruitment/rush functions. She gave me a general idea of the dimensions, and then we talked about features they wanted. The two “wings” or side tables fold up and lock into place to put a laptop or projector on for Powerpoint presentations. I used drop leaf supports from Rockler, which are kinda pricey at $13 + per pair, but they work very nicely and installed easily. I would definitely use them again, they are quite sturdy, especially for this application. It is made of red oak 3/4 ply and solid red oak framing and edging, with Minwax red mahogany stain, with about 5-6 coats of spray lacquer for a finish. I was able to get all the lacquer on in one evening, as I was pushed to finish it to deliver it 3 hours away the next morning (SAT). That was my first time using lacquer in my sprayer, and I was very happy with the result. I think my coats were a little light, which is why I had to use so many, but I didn’t want to ruin it with drips or runs. It is on casters, two of which are locking. As an added feature, I made a stool that slide into the bottom so that any shorter presenters will still be able to see over the top (bottom of picture 4). I also added a power strip inside the large opening in the back for the previously mention electronic doo-dads, plus mikes from their sound system.

I made the drawer box with a vertical “dado and rabbet” joint on each corner, like i recently saw in one of the woodworker mags. Better than hidden pocket screws, and much faster than dovetails. The last picture shows it sitting next to the furniture in the room where it will live, which is the color we were trying to match. This was done by my daughter eyeballing the sample pieces I ad made with all the stain colors I had, and saying “I think this one is the closest” since we didn’t have any thing to actually compare it to, since she didn’t bring a chair home with her. Pretty close on the color i think. Overall, I was very pleased with the results, and so was she!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 03:19 PM

that must be the deluxe model, looks like it will be very useful.
Nice job

Looks great !!

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 10:20 PM

Very nice lectern.

-- Tom, Upper Arlington, Ohio

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#3 posted 03-18-2011 03:37 PM

Nice looking podium.

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#4 posted 03-19-2011 04:12 AM

Guys having seen this thing in person I’ll have to toot Tim’s horn a bit. The fit and finish on this thing is like one that was ordered from a catalog or made in a country where labor is free. The pop up sides and pivot top are all an amazing fit and the thing just came together special. The design is very well thought out and a real custom job for the girls in the sorority.

I helped Tim drop this thing off and I just didn’t want to leave it there…..or was it that I didn’t want to leave the young sorority girls….I forget now.

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#5 posted 03-21-2011 02:05 AM

Very nice. I’m sure they appreciate this.

-- Janice

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