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Looking for a UK supplier of desktop lecterns
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Chris Pott  Identity Verified
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Feb 5, 2006

We translators use a number of large dictionaries which are heavy to handle and take up a lot of valuable desk space. A desktop lectern would support the weight of a dictionary, making pages easier to turn. It would also present the page at the optimum angle for reading. It should also need only about half of the desktop space occupied by a dictionary lying open on the desk.
I have searched the internet but cannot find a supplier. I also wrote to my ex-tutor at Cambridge who doesn't know of one so I wondered if anyone has found one. Any information would be appreciated.


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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Desktop? Feb 5, 2006

It being Sunday, I added the word 'ecclesiatical uk' to my Googling.

http://www.angelicachurchfurniture.co.uk/lecterns.html

I like the perspex one. Think how much desk space you save if it stands beside you.

HTH and the price is right

Cheers
Chris


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Chris Pott  Identity Verified
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Thanks but I do want a desktop one Feb 5, 2006

Textklick wrote:

It being Sunday, I added the word 'ecclesiatical uk' to my Googling.

http://www.angelicachurchfurniture.co.uk/lecterns.html

I like the perspex one. Think how much desk space you save if it stands beside you.

HTH and the price is right

Cheers
Chris


Thanks, Chris. I had actually seen that website before, and noted that the lecterns were all free-standing rather than desktop. There is a desktop one pictured but it is on an alter table which is the product for sale rather than the lectern.

The main reason I want it on the desktop is to avoid having to swivel round each time I use the dictionary.

Cheers,
Chris


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Paul Appleyard  Identity Verified
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I use one in the kitchen.... Feb 5, 2006

..... it isn't called a "lectern" but the rather more prosaic "recipe book holder". My one looks rather like this http://www.scotch-corner.co.uk/kitchenshop/catalogue/index.cfm?Items=3962&Product=42362&C=10 but there seem to be plenty available.

Cheers,

Paul



Chris Pott wrote:

Textklick wrote:

It being Sunday, I added the word 'ecclesiatical uk' to my Googling.

http://www.angelicachurchfurniture.co.uk/lecterns.html

I like the perspex one. Think how much desk space you save if it stands beside you.

HTH and the price is right

Cheers
Chris


Thanks, Chris. I had actually seen that website before, and noted that the lecterns were all free-standing rather than desktop. There is a desktop one pictured but it is on an alter table which is the product for sale rather than the lectern.

The main reason I want it on the desktop is to avoid having to swivel round each time I use the dictionary.

Cheers,
Chris


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Chris Pott  Identity Verified
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Thanks but it wouldn't hold a full-sized dictionary Feb 5, 2006

Thanks for the information, Paul. I had seen a similar lectern for recipe books on the internet, but they aren't sturdy enough to hold a full-sized bilingual dictionary.

Cheers,

Chris

Paul Appleyard wrote:

..... it isn't called a "lectern" but the rather more prosaic "recipe book holder". My one looks rather like this http://www.scotch-corner.co.uk/kitchenshop/catalogue/index.cfm?Items=3962&Product=42362&C=10 but there seem to be plenty available.

Cheers,

Paul



Chris Pott wrote:

Textklick wrote:

It being Sunday, I added the word 'ecclesiatical uk' to my Googling.

http://www.angelicachurchfurniture.co.uk/lecterns.html

I like the perspex one. Think how much desk space you save if it stands beside you.

HTH and the price is right

Cheers
Chris


Thanks, Chris. I had actually seen that website before, and noted that the lecterns were all free-standing rather than desktop. There is a desktop one pictured but it is on an alter table which is the product for sale rather than the lectern.

The main reason I want it on the desktop is to avoid having to swivel round each time I use the dictionary.

Cheers,
Chris


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Pilar T. Bayle  Identity Verified
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More where to choose from... Feb 5, 2006

http://www.levenger.com/PAGETEMPLATES/NAVIGATION/PRDPREVIEW.ASP?Params=category=17-148|level=2-3|link=IMG&cm_ven=Google&cm_ite=book%20holder&engine=adwords&keyword=book+holder&SITrackingID=881752

I have something similar to the first one in olive tree wood, and it works beautifully.

P.
www.pbayle.com/blogs

Oooops! You said UK supplier...

[Edited at 2006-02-05 14:20]


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Chris Pott  Identity Verified
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Thanks - how deep is the tray at the front please? Feb 5, 2006

That sounds ideal. Thanks, Pilar. Most of my dictionaries are over 10 inches tall, about 18 inches wide when open, and 3 inches deep. Would the bookstand be able to handle dictionaries of that size?

Cheers,
Chris


Pilar T. Bayle wrote:

http://www.levenger.com/PAGETEMPLATES/NAVIGATION/PRDPREVIEW.ASP?Params=category=17-148|level=2-3|link=IMG&cm_ven=Google&cm_ite=book%20holder&engine=adwords&keyword=book+holder&SITrackingID=881752

I have something similar to the first one in olive tree wood, and it works beautifully.

P.
www.pbayle.com/blogs[/quote]

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Pilar T. Bayle  Identity Verified
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It may hold it, but... Feb 5, 2006


Would the bookstand be able to handle dictionaries of that size?


The one I have on it it's the Spanish DRAE (about 12"x8"x3", and weighs about 8-10 lbs). The problem I have noticed with large dictionaries is that they tend to "hang" all the weight down. Let me explain: the bookstand has to be tilted to be of any use. The book is then tilted from the central spine. It tends to "crumble". Am I explaining what I mean??? LOL!

Hope it helps!

P.
www.pbayle.com/blogs

[Edited at 2006-02-05 14:32]


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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
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Desk-top lecterns Feb 5, 2006

Hi Chris, here's something that might fit the bill:

http://www.marshallfurniture.com/lecterns/tabletop/index.php

I don't suppose you'd be interested in this model, though:

http://www.cotorritotranslations.com/showpic.php?gallery_id=01&pic_id=16


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Magda Dziadosz  Identity Verified
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Church shop? Feb 5, 2006

Hi,
I was also looking for a similar thing some time ago (in my country) and found out that such thing is best available in shops which sell, well, "church equipment". It's a Bible holder and ones I've found were good enough to hold my largest Webster. They usually are a nice pieces of woodwork , too.

HTH,
Magda


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Chris Pott  Identity Verified
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Thanks, Kim, but I wanted something less expensive Feb 5, 2006

Thanks, Kim. They look very solid and well finished but are out of my price range. I would have thought they could be made a lot more cheaply than that but they seem to be something of a luxury item, or to be geared to a corporate or higher education marketplace where cost is less of a factor.

Cheers,
Chris

Kim Metzger wrote:

Hi Chris, here's something that might fit the bill:

http://www.marshallfurniture.com/lecterns/tabletop/index.php

I don't suppose you'd be interested in this model, though:

http://www.cotorritotranslations.com/showpic.php?gallery_id=01&pic_id=16[/quote]

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Chris Pott  Identity Verified
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Thanks, Magda Feb 5, 2006

Hi Magda,

Thanks for the suggestion, which does make sense. I will investigate further in my local area.

Cheers,
Chris


Magda Dziadosz wrote:

Hi,
I was also looking for a similar thing some time ago (in my country) and found out that such thing is best available in shops which sell, well, "church equipment". It's a Bible holder and ones I've found were good enough to hold my largest Webster. They usually are a nice pieces of woodwork , too.

HTH,
Magda


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Translate IP  Identity Verified
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Tried e-bay? Feb 6, 2006

Maybe one of these would fit your bill?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BRAND-NEW-Quality-Teak-Lectern-Top_W0QQitemZ5662816456QQcategoryZ1304QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VINTAGE-MAHOGANY-TABLE-TOP-BOOK-STAND-LECTERN_W0QQitemZ7384234587QQcategoryZ108816QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


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Chris Pott  Identity Verified
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It's another avenue to explore - thanks Feb 7, 2006

Thanks for pointing out the possibilities in E-Bay. I have checked the references you gave and neither lectern would actually hold a full-size dictionary, but that could change, so I will keep trying.

What I find frustrating is that it's such a simple requirement but all the proposed solutions are so time-consuming. I could make one myself in an afternoon but if I want to buy one new it's several hundred pounds. The cheaper alternatives all demand hours of research. I would have thought that anyone who uses large books like dictionaries in an office environment would benefit from the availability of a reasonably-priced source of such items. But I do appreciate your offer of help.

Cheers,
Chris


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juvera  Identity Verified
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How about... Feb 10, 2006

...taking the music stand off an old piano?
(I know, what you are going to say, they are just as difficult to come by.)

Does anybody know about freestanding, well built, circular revolving bookshelf/2 tier shelves with a bookstand on top?
They make it in the US, but it isn't exactly cheap either, plus having to send it over is toooo much trouble.


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