Reused oak pew picture frames

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Project by hobobanned posted 03-16-2013 11:18 AM 1365 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started out with oak pew kneelers from an abandoned church built in the 1850’s. I stripped and sanded them down but left the old screw holes unfilled.

I planed them down as they were pretty warped from 150 years of prayers, cut them to width and length and mitered the corners making sure to label the pieces so each frame would come from the same original board. I ended up with 12 frames total.

Cut rabbets for the art and rounded over the inside with my router. Then glued them up and started sanding. I was making them for sale at a fundraising event for the church they were removed from so I wanted to keep with the restoration/reuse theme and used glass from old window sash I cleaned and cut myself. I also wanted to have a wide variety of finishes and colors available to appeal to as many people as possible. Some were just oiled and waxed, some were stained and shellacked or polyed. I filled them all with posters from the event and sold every one for the benefit of the non-profit group that owns the church.

-- hobobanned

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 01:23 PM

Well done!! Great recycle project. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 04:20 PM

Great looking wide selection of frames. Great way to preserve and display the event posters. Well done!

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