Church Bench

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Project by woodgu posted 11-22-2010 05:14 AM 2610 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This church pew was from my wife’s grandfather’s church. It was curved and close to fourteen feet long. It had to be disassembled, cut down, and reassembled in such a way as to preserve much of its original character. I had some challenges with the joinery and reassembly (which required some modifications).

-- Phil G

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 06:15 AM

So what were some of the challenges involved here?

I’m sure I’m not the only one that would like some more details involving this project… please fill us in.

Do you have any “before” pictures so we compare the before and after?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 06:50 AM

No. I’m sorry. My wife just encouraged me to begin taking pictures of things I am working on.

The biggest challenge I had with this was the angles. The pew was curved, but the curve was not consistent throughout its length. The ends appeared to have been made specifically for the bench piece it was attached to. After I found a somewhat consisent section, I thought it was going to be a matter of cut and reassemble. I felt like I spent hours tweeking the joints. The original pew had 2 center supports. Neither of which fit the piece I ultimately kept. It was not overwhelmingly difficult, more of a headache. Since the wood (white oak) was old, a friend wanted the cut offs and I let him have them.

In my future projects I will take more pictures and provide more details.

-- Phil G

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