How to Make a Podium




Hey guys, today we will be designing and making a custom podium using couple of 2D and 3D software. We will use a CNC machine and MDF wood to make and build our podium.

This Projects was made by the team of FABLAB Jubail

Step 1: Requirements

For this project we will need:

  1. MDF or plywood wood (12mm).
  2. Wood glue.
  3. Round wire nail.
  4. Wood varnish.
  5. Warnish brush or roller
  6. Sandpaper.
  7. Quick Grip Clamp.

You will also need a CNC to cut the design.

Step 2: Sketch / 3D, 2D Design

For the 3D design we used AUTODESK Revit to conceptualize the idea and get precise measurements of the podium. Then, we converted the 3D model into 2D model so we can cut it using the CNC machine.

Attached with this step the .rvt file and the 2D design ready to use and cut.

Note: to cut the parts, we imported the .pdf file into vcarve to make the file ready to cut by the CNC.

Step 3: Assembling the Podium

After cutting all the parts, it's time to assemble our podium. In this step, you need to use wood glue then use quick grip to hold all the parts together.

After you finish gluing all the parts, leave it to dry for about an hour or so.

Note: in this step you can use the sanding paper to smooth the MDF wood.

Step 4: Final Product

So , here's our final product. We can still make it look better using some other painting techniques , or filling the holes with acrylic cuts , I'll update this instructable when it's done

the video here would show the podium after painting it with gesso , still we didn't decide on how to paint it or if we gonna use any varnish



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    7 Discussions


    2 years ago

    umm...This is a lectern. You stand ON a podium, BEHIND a lectern. Just sayin... ;)

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    You can also call this a podium.

    Definition of podium:

    • a raised platform for a speaker, performer, or the leader of an orchestra
    • a stand with a slanted surface that holds a book, notes, etc., for someone who is reading, speaking, or teaching

    Reply 2 years ago

    Yeah I was surprised too, I didn't think it looked strong enough to hold someone's weight. Now I get it

    delugesAnnapolis Locksmith

    Reply 2 years ago

    It's a fine project but I wouldn't say there is a wonderful story.. There isn't even a story here