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1950s church pews #2: wonky box too

1329 days ago by scottb | 5 comments »

the little oak version of its bigger brother: This one started its life as a pew in a Manchester, NH church. (They opted to replace their pews, c. 1950, for chairs that could be rearranged as needed, and contacted the original builder in the Guild of NH woodworkers to donate the wood. I was the fortunate recipient of two 12’ long pews. Original post on the subject. ) When I dismantled them, one of the seats split along a glue line leaving me these to ponder what to do with. Lu...

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Church pews project #1: Recycled church pews

478 days ago by inchanga | 3 comments »

Thsre are five 12 foot long pitch pine church pews in the photo dating back to circa 1880. The client is keen to retain them in the local area in the form of a variety of furniture pieces i.e. dining table, coffee table, monks bench, butchers block, bookcase etc. The first job is to break the pews up into manageable pieces to see exactly what is usable and then take them to be chemically stripped. I experimented with sanding the old finish off but it is far too time consuming and does...

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Church pews project #2: ready for stripping

470 days ago by inchanga | 4 comments »

The pews have now been broken down ready to be taken to the stripping facility. Theoretically the chemicals should enhance the natural appearance of the wood but i have everything crossed just in case things don’t turn out quite as expected. I will know by the end of next week just how much usable timber I have.

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