To build a contemporary church pulpit, cut an 8-foot pine two-by-four into four sections measuring 2 feet each, and use nails to attach these pieces to form the base of the pulpit; each piece should rest on the 2-inch side of the board. Cut two 8-foot pine two-by-fours into sections of 4 feet 6 inches and 3 feet 6 inches by cutting at a 45-degree angle. Nail one of the 4-foot-by-6-inch sections flush to each side of the base.
Make sure the boards are located toward the front of the pulpit, with the highest point of the angle facing forward. Nail the smaller sections directly behind those boards. Measure the space between the boards on both the front and back of the pulpit, and cut one of the two-by-fours accordingly. Measure 3 feet from the base, and nail both pieces to the uprights for support.
Collect the dimensions of the frame, and cut a sheet of 1/2-inch birch or cherry veneer plywood to those specifications. Remember to tailor the side pieces to accommodate the 45-degree angle. Use construction adhesive to glue the plywood to each side, and then use finishing brads to hold them tightly. Glue a 30-inch square of wood to the top of the pulpit using construction adhesive; it should overlap each side by 2 inches and go no further than the back of the pulpit. Allow the glue to dry.
Glue a 30-inch piece of molding at the back of the pulpit top to act as a stopper for books or papers. If you want decorative molding, gather the dimensions of the pulpit base and top. Use construction adhesive to hold the molding in place, and then fasten it with finishing brads. Stain the pulpit, and seal it with a protective clear coat.