Church pews project #3: back from the stripper

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Blog entry by inchanga posted 01-11-2013 10:54 AM 1858 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The pews have now been successfully chemically stripped and I am very pleased with the results. There is no way I would attempt to strip this amount of timber by hand, I think it would be a recipe for losing the will to live.

The grain, totally hidden by the previous finish, is now starting to show through and it will be further enhanced by sanding and finishing.

The timber is still wet from the stripping process so has now been put indoors to dry out before starting work on the projects. I think it will take at least a week to be ready. More updates next week when hopefully I can start making furniture.

-- chris, north wales

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 01:41 PM

I have pews to work on also.
There are some churches taking their pews out and replacing them with chairs.
That leaves some really beautiful old pews needing some TLC.
I look forward to your project posts.

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#2 posted 01-11-2013 03:23 PM

Wow, they look like they will be beautiful when restored. Good luck putting Humpty together again.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 01-11-2013 04:59 PM

It looks like you did good. It may take longer than a week to dry. please sticker the wood and you may want to load the stacks to keep them straight and flat. Please let them Dry slow.

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#4 posted 01-11-2013 05:06 PM

I have got the boards stickered in my workshop with just two small heaters because it is pretty cold here right now.
You could be right that it will take more than a week to dry them out and I am not going to rush it. Hopefully the finished furniture will last for generations so a few extra days at the start is not going to any harm.

Thanks to all for your interest.

-- chris, north wales

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