I have embarked upon a woodworking task I have never undertaken before. I'm building a lectern for my wife to use at school. I am sizing it to match the perfectly sized piece of crap she has been using, but will be adding a few extra features such as a pen and pencil holder mounted to the side and, possibly, a shelf on which she can stow a few papers or a folder.
Since this lectern will be used at school -- at a junior high school -- I have decided to build it out of birch plywood. This will make it very durable, and I won't get too pissed if some kid writes on it. If I had gone with my original plan of building it out of quartersawn oak...
Anyway, I will be building this over the next couple of months. It's a project I can revert to between other projects or when I'm waiting for glue-ups to dry, though right now I'm waiting for the first glue-up on the lectern to dry.
Here's the plan for part one of this project:
1. laminate two sheets of 3/4 birch ply together to form a 1 1/2" thick sheet
2. cut the laminated stock into eleven 1 1/2" wide strips
3. form nine of these strips into a 4 1/2" square column with notches at the top and bottom
4. form two of these strips into the crossed support for the bottom, the "legs" if you will...
5. glue these two parts together and reinforce the joint with lag screws
And then I'll get onto part two. I'll post photos when I have some.