Studying how to assemble a podium is among the least difficult carpentry related labor I’ve ever done. Most likely since it isn’t as detailed as some furnishings I’ve made in the past.
Podiums frequently called as pulpits or lecterns are necessary fixtures on a stage. There are variety of design that you can use for a podium in particular on its front area. Most usually the style is largely dependent on the purpose of which it is built for.
Construct a Podium the Easy Way
As I’ve mentioned earlier, building a lectern isn’t as hard as some other woodworking projects that is, if you have basic construction in mind. However, the good thing is that even if you are just able to build a basic structure, you always have the option of customizing it later on and adding some designs and embellishments once you have the basic construction done.
Making a Lectern – Issues to Keep in Mind
When I constructed a lectern for a function room late in the previous year, I’ve had several things to bear in mind to make sure the structure is precisely suited for the purpose it was created for.
Several of these are:
Height and Width
How high and wide would you like the lectern to be? In my case, I just have the average height of men in mind when making a podium as most speakers in that function room are men.
This is something that is entirely dependent on the height of the common user of the podium.
Standard Podium vs. Multi-purpose, Multi-compartment Lecterns
You have the decision of creating a fundamental design which is commonly very easy to create. You’ll just be in need of a 3 sided casing with measurements of your choice keeping the widest side for the front side of the podium you are making.
A multi-purpose podium however, would require to have some compartments installed to make some space for the materials that the speaker might be using. When I was making the structure I’ve added a sort of built-in cabinet in the podium as requested by the owner for storage purposes. Microphones and some equipment needed for the sound system is stored there.
Mobile Podium vs. Fixed Lectern
To construct a podium, specifically a movable one, you only need to attach an industrial strength wheels on the foundation of the structure. Just make sure they are locking wheels to make certain unwelcome motions when using the pulpit.
Furthermore, you may want to use lightweight materials for portability.
If you opt for a more fixed podium, you can just add more weight to its base to allow still for minor movements. However, you may also attach the podium to the floor for a more permanent fixture.
Plans for Making a Podium
To make a podium, a pulpit building plan will make the operation less complicated. With this, you would have the basic construction design all ready for you.
Of course the podium layout would have to be based wholly on the goal it is constructed for.
Personally, I made use of a very handy blueprint in constructing a podium. I’ve been making use of this source not just in building a podium but in my other woodworking projects as well.