Apart from a little tidying up the butchers block is now finished and ready for collection. Because it is made from 160 year old timber, complete with knots, rust stains from iron nails, splits and cracks etc. it might be described as having plenty of character. (or faults which character used to be called).
It is certainly functional, extremely strong and should last for decades.
The finish and strong rustic style also suit the existing kitchen in which it will be used. The beauty of this type of furniture is that its authenticity and appearance is enhanced by hard use.
The last piece of funiture to come from the pews is ironically a monks bench. This however is only 3 foot wide compared to the 12 foot of the original pews.
The pictures show the parts for the sides being reinforced with dowels prior to glue up and then the sides in clamps.
The spacer bar supplied with the Dowelmax ensures accurate line up of the dowel holes.
The clamps will be left on overnight and the sides shaped and sanded tomorrow.
-- chris, north wales http://salemchapelfurniture.co.uk/