While meditating you need to keep your back straight and so people usually sit crossed legged on a cushion on the floor. Books and papers need to be kept off the floor but normal household tables are usually far too high to be of any use. This simple lecturn was therefore designed to overcome this problem.
The lecturn consists of the main square of wood (MDF, HDF or ply) 30 x 44cm which has a useful handle cut into the top. A strip of 1 x 1cm plained section makes for the book / paper rest at the foot of the lecturn. Underneath there is a strip of half round section to form the bottom rest while about 3/4 of the way up there is a piece of 2 x 2cm strip which the back foot is attached to. This is cut to the width of the lecturn and of suitable width to make the correct angle for use (about 10cm). Counter sunk wood screws were used to secure the back foot to the main table and wood glue was used to fasten all the joints.
I have made three or four of these in various shapes, sizes and heights, they are light weight and easy to store away when not in use. They have been used at home and for retreat / meeting in the local meditation group. I painted them red to give a warm feel (in the Tibetan style).
The unit can also be used to support a data projector (set up with key stone correction) for projection on a screen.
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THE CREATIVE SCIENCE CENTRE
Dr Jonathan Hare, The University of Sussex
Brighton, East Sussex. BN1 9QJ
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