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 not produce the desired result. The main construction of the pews appears to be mortice and tenon joints reinforced with square iron nails. It takes a very big hammer to dismantle them…..
Over the next few weeks or months I will provide updates on how the job is progressing
-- chris, north wales http://salemchapelfurniture.co.uk/