First I want to thank everyone who has been helpful on my previous projects with suggestions, ideas and congratulations. For my next project I have been asked to build a pulpit/lectern for my pastor. Well I found one that he really likes and the picture is attached. I can figure out the dimensions by copying his old one, but the question I have is how to attach the sides to the top and base.
The picture is one I found at SMC done by Tom Jones. I plan to do the sides with solid oak and I thought the base and top could be plywood trimmed with solid wood. How would I attach the sides to take in consideration wood movement? I was thinking about a mortise on the sides with the tenon routed in the base and top. Is this the best way to do it or should I plan to do it another way? If I use a mortise and tenon joint I believe the mortise would be roughly 11" wide by 3/4-1" deep.
The pulpit would stand in the sanctuary all the time and I don't think the temperature is kept constant all week. I figured to make the sides about 12" wide because that is about as big as I can go with my planer. I have already glued up the sides with 3 boards for a total width of about 14" which I plan to trim down.
I have just thought of something else as well, should the sides be made out of plywood and trimmed with solid wood so the wood movement issue wouldn't be a problem? The mortise and tenon would work then no problem. I am open to suggestions from all of you. Please help.