Red Oak Pew for Small Chapel

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Project by JAAune posted 630 days ago 967 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is part of a commission I’ve been working on for the past month as a result of a business venture I’ve started this year with a partner.

This is one of two pews (the other is longer and only has one kneeler) built for a tiny chapel. Since the room is so small and the client wanted to fit as many people as possible these pews were designed to require minimal space yet remain comfortable.

The seat and back angle use proper anthropometric data so people won’t slide forward while seated. The unusual kneeler design prevents people sitting in the front pew from kicking them down despite the narrow width of the pews. Narrow pews permit 36” spacing between pew to pew without making it too hard to walk between them. Short kneelers make it easier for people to move in and out of the pews even when they are being used by others.

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#1 posted 630 days ago

I have always been amazed at how well built pews are. And it is obvious that you have carried on that tradition. Good Job!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 630 days ago

Wow… Nice pew.. I always hated as a kid traveling to different older churches with awful kneelers and pews. I’ve been over six feet tall since middle school so squeezing into some old churches wasn’t fun!

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#3 posted 630 days ago

That’s cool nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 630 days ago

Excellent work, keep up the tradition!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 630 days ago

Looks beautifully, and thoughtfully, made !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 630 days ago

Really incredible build. Beautiful

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#7 posted 630 days ago

great work. The pews look very nice and expertly constructed.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 629 days ago

You’d think there’s not much could be done with a pew, but this is great, elegant but robust, a modern update to a traditional design. Absolutely stunning and pefectly executed. Thanks for posting.

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#9 posted 629 days ago

Thanks for the compliments.


Yes, a lot of older pews aren’t friendly to tall people (people were shorter then or something?). When I designed mine I had three people well over 6’ tall try out a mockup before committing to final dimensions. All of them were satisfied.

As a bonus, someone under 5’ tried one out and was comfortable as well. That’s likely due to the shorter than normal seat height. It’s about 16.5” between the front edge of the seat and the floor. For some reason the short height doesn’t bother taller people so long as the angles are right. I learned that from an accomplished chair-maker.

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#10 posted 629 days ago

Wonderful work and pictures.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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