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Project Ideas, Hmm... #4: Broken Pews That Need Replacing

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 02-19-2016 09:28 PM 973 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Our church has a pair of 12 foot long pews in the narthex (foyer). They are breaking apart and cannot be easily repaired. For a while I’ve been trying to think of a bench design that would be simple, sturdy and good for the indoors. I know I can’t build a 12 foot long bench. I just don’t have the ability to transport the wood, nor the finished bench. I figure I could build 6 foot benches, but the big question is what to make them look like?

Anyone out there have ideas? Photos are always helpful.

[EDIT] This has become a moot point. The church got some free reception are type chairs this week for free! The good news is that I get the pews for wood!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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#1 posted 02-20-2016 12:31 AM

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#2 posted 02-20-2016 11:26 AM

Dave back in jul Aug 2012 I repaired a Pew and used the existing design from one of the good ends

This is the inished result, the original was Cedar but I was unable to find larg pieces of cedar so used a alt glue up and stained it.

The end is different in texture but matches reasonably well.

The original is on the left and the glue up replicant on the right.

Hope this is of some assistance.

I will be very interested to see your final results as there are certainly lots to choose from.

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 06:45 PM

Pretty much the first thing I do when looking for design ideas is go to a Google image search. Sometimes it’s a matter of finding the right words to search with. In this case I’m looking for a bench that would look OK indoors. It doesn’t need to look exactly like a pew. It does need a back and a seat with some sort of contour to it for rudimentary comfort. A form is beginning to coalesce in my mind, but I know it will evolve considerably before I build a prototype to show ‘Those whose approval is required’.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 05-13-2016 12:28 PM

This has become a moot point. The church got some free reception are type chairs this week for free! The good news is that I get the pews for wood!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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