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Pew End Panels - Finished and Installed

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Pew End Panels - Finished and Installed
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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.





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 08:52 PM

Rich they look really good

I like the angles it give the wood the chance to show the lovely grain

jamie

is that 36?

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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richgreer

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 08:57 PM

There are 36 pews and a panel for each end so the total number of panels is 72.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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nailbanger2

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#3 posted 06-22-2011 09:02 PM

Serenity now, Rich, Serenity Now! The job looks fantastic, and you helped your church save thousands. The rest of it, “like water off a duck’s back”

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#4 posted 06-22-2011 09:04 PM

Rich,
You’re a better man than me, MaGee!
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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devann

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#5 posted 06-23-2011 12:33 AM

Looks like a job well done Rich. You were a great help and I’m sure that the other members felt blessed to of had your help and guidance though out the project.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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tdv

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#6 posted 06-23-2011 12:50 AM

Nice one Rich
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#7 posted 06-23-2011 01:16 AM

Great job. And a smart way to do a reworking of the church.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 06-23-2011 03:28 AM

Rich You are a good man to do this and shepherd all the volunteers.as I can only imagine how nerve wracking that was. But now its something the church will have for a long time AND nobody lost any body parts in the process. Good job and God bless. Andy

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 06-23-2011 04:16 AM

Rich, Do you make pens? The church looks very nice!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Grandpa

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#10 posted 06-23-2011 04:28 AM

Rich, the work is beautiful. By allowing the volunteers to help it gives them some ownership in the project and it takes you out of total ownership. That helps our finite minds and keeps us from getting the big head. You did the right thing in using the volunteers. It was good for both you and them. It will seem like it later.
Great work!

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richgreer

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#11 posted 06-23-2011 04:35 AM

In response to TopmaxSurvivor – I used to make a lot of pens. I am a recovering penaholic.

In response to gfadvm – No one lost any body parts, but one guy lost the tips of 2 fingers. Strangely, he was the most talented and capable volunteer I worked with. It was just one of those things. He had a great attitude and was able to shake it off and move on after a trip to the ER. In retrospect, he was so careful and so capable that I did not worry about him, yet he was the only one to get hurt. Lesson learned.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Bernie

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#12 posted 06-23-2011 05:25 AM

Very nice Rich. I’ve been watching your posts on this project and besides the fact that the end product is SOOOO nice, grandpa nailed it. Don’t feel guilty about the finger tips. Had you watched that experienced helper more closely, another more serious accident could have happened. Stand up friend… be proud! You earned it.

My original comment on this project way back at the beginning was after a trip to New Brunswick, Canada. I had traveled to Irishtown (just outside of Moncton) to bury an uncle. He had done many projects for his church over the years, and as I was standing in the sanctuary with his son, who pointed out all of his work, the priest was busy discussing his gifts and talents with a few of the parishioners. Your work will not only outlive you and I, it will outlive my children and grandchildren. I don’t mean to be morbid my friend, but those 72 pews will be noticed and appreciated beyond our years.

The only question I have for you… where do you buy your lumber. In the NE, 1X12 oak boards go for about $7.50 per foot. You’re not only a superb craftsman, your a bargain hunter.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 06-23-2011 07:50 AM

Glad you are recovering from pens. You will be able to resist the temptation to post all the ends as separate projects ;-)) ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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richgreer

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#14 posted 06-23-2011 02:43 PM

Bernie – I purchased the lumber directly from a mill about 40 miles away. They gave me their wholesale price. I forget the exact price but it was about $3.50/board foot. I used the same material for the communion rail (another project listed on this board) and I have less than 30 usable bf left of the 800+ we purchased.

It is all 6/4 material. In retrospect, I wish we had used 8/4 material. Of course, that would have been more expensive and the panels would have been heavier to handle.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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