I used to get a project fully assembled before sanding and applying finish but with this project, being unsure of how each piece of reclaimed timber would react to sanding and finishing, I took the precaution of getting the bulk of the work done before assembly. In this way i could reject any pieces that did not turn out ok before they had become an integral part of the completed project. In fact, I found it a much easier process to carry out the work this way and it is the approach I will adopt with future projects.
This picture shows the legs and stretchers with dowels in place ready for assembly.
As mentioned in a previous blog where possible I use pocket hole screws in place of clamps to reinforce the joints.
Here the base is assembled and additional struts have been fitted at each corner to increase strength and rigidity.
It took a sledge hammer to knock the original pews apart and I have tried to replicate the strength of construction in the new build.
-- chris, north wales http://salemchapelfurniture.co.uk/