Ash and Rosewood Lectern
One man's pencil takes another to his breaking point!

SHOP OWNER: Larry Tilley
Arlington, TX

    I teach a Bible study class and was having to place my teaching material on a folding chair. Several of the other classrooms had hand-me-down lecterns with a central adjustable post design. I decided to build my own lectern and since I have a son-in-law who is a master craftsman, I thought the two of us could work together on this project.
Ash and Rosewood Lectern
    My son-in-law, Joel Jennings, offered skill, time, guidance, and the ash and rosewood. It was a winter project; an opportunity for some after-hours male bonding time. Nothing is dimensional; it was all milled, shaved, glued up, and cut down. Since I was making this lectern for me, I decided to part from the standard design of the others and tossed the idea of adjustability in my design.
Ash and Rosewood Lectern
    During this project there were three arguments. Joel wanted the addition of a cross and disagreed with the placement of the center shelf, which is more for stability than a shelf. I won both of these. The third argument I think we will call a tie. You see, Joel is a bit of a perfectionist and as the project was nearing the finishing stage, I sanded away imperfections and went home thinking I was ready to see the clear finish applied when I returned. However, the next evening I would find pencil marks and areas circled that would once again require more sanding. After nine evenings of sanding, I warned him about this. Upon returning for the tenth time to find more pencil marks, I sanded, broke his pencil, and took the project home where my wife and I applied the finish.
    It has been about 18 months, I have a table design I want to build, I think we are ready to work together again, but I will be limiting his access to pencils!
. . . Larry Tilley


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