A Piece Of History

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Project by gfadvm posted 08-25-2011 12:09 AM 2159 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My dad gave each of my daughter a pew that came out of the original Ryman Auditorium built in 1891. This is the home of The Grand Ole Opry for those of you that aren’t country fans. My youngest asked if I could shorten her pew by 2’ so it would fit in her entry hall BUT she didn’t want the alteration to be noticable. I saw an opportunity to turn an heirloom into firewood AND really disappoint my daughter. I contacted Bentlyj, sent pics, and asked for help. He not only talked me through it, he sent pics of how to do it. I attacked it with great trepidation but it turned out perfectly [thanks to Bently].

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

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#1 posted 08-25-2011 12:16 AM

Nicely done and your still her hero!

-- Wilson

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#2 posted 08-25-2011 12:51 AM

It came out great. Very nice of Bentlyj to help.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 08-25-2011 01:21 AM

I wonder if those were church pews at one time, pre-Opry.

Great looking bench and shop, too.
I have that same can’t-get-enough-spacers-and-shims disease.

Cheers to a successful job!

-- Jay in Changsha

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#4 posted 08-25-2011 01:55 AM

Great Lumberjocks teamwork!!!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 08-25-2011 02:22 AM

you did a great job here…and you could not have asked a better guy, he knows his stuff and that is evident by his work..but all in all you did a great job here…i think a good chain saw and some lag bolts and that pretty much must have been the way to fix this one huh…....LOL…...just jerkin your chain amigo…i bet your daughter loves her new bench…great job…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 08-25-2011 04:14 AM

Great job and story!!! That’s why I love this LJ’s site!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#7 posted 08-25-2011 05:20 AM

Boy O Boy, it sure did come out nicely doc!
You did a great job, and kudos to old Bentlyj for the help!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#8 posted 08-25-2011 05:51 AM

Looks like it was make that way. Sure you altered it, Doc? Great job!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#9 posted 08-25-2011 06:02 AM

Isn’t it great to have guys like Bently willing to share their expertise? That’s what we love about LJs.

You were a very good student and did a fantastic job in “remodeling” the bench. Your daughter should be absolutely delighted. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 08-25-2011 05:31 PM

Andy, it came out great. Congratulations! How lucky your daughter is to have such a great piece of music history!

If it had been me, I think I would have offered to help her extend that entry hall by 2 feet!

-- Founding member of the (un)Official LumberJock's Frugal Woodworking Society -

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#11 posted 10-24-2011 07:51 AM

Very well done Andy. I bet they’ll cherish these for a long long time. Ditto about Bently.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 10-24-2011 08:03 AM

That’s cool, Doc. Really nice work.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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