|Project by richgreer||posted 06-22-2011 08:45 PM||2353 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
My camera is not capable of capturing the “whole church effect” of these new pew end panels. You have to imagine that there are 18 rows of pews with 1 pew on each side of a center aisle. I wish I had had the foresight to take a picture of the old pew ends. You’ll have to take my word for it that this is a dramatic change in the look of our church.
I inlayed a cross, made of blood wood, into each pew end panel that faces the center aisle.
If anyone is curious, the materials for this project cost the church about $3000 and all labor was donated, except that I took the panels to a local cabinet shop to run them through their big belt sander. I estimate that total labor for construction at about 200 hours and total labor for staining and finishing at about 50 hours. The actual pews are in good shape. By changing the end panels, the church gets the effect of buying new pews for a fraction of the cost.
I managed this project and personally did at least 1/3rd of the work. Lots of other people got involved, so many people in the church feel like they were a part of this project. That, in itself, is a good thing. However, on some aspects of the project, some of these volunteers increased my tension level and frustration by many multiples.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.