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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 07-07-2009 03:21 AM

Glenn, they will yield some wood but as Jim said how useful the wood is going to be depends on how you are going to use them. I have a pew that my wife just had to have when she heard our church was giving them away (one of her many projects that she has “commissioned” me to do). It was 16 feet long and I had to cut it half to get it in my truck. The wood is maple and varies in thickness from about 13/16th to about an inch but very little of it is flat since it is curved to make the seating comfortable.

Getting flat stock to work with is going to require some planing so some of the thickness is going to be lost in the recycling process. Just looking at my pew for lumber I would be satisfied to get 1/2 inch thick stock out of it by the time I finished planing it. This would be good for boxes or drawers but for furniture it would have to be laminated. Now the ends of the pew, that I am working on, are about 2 inches thick but are painted. So I am not sure what type of wood is there but these should yield quite a bit of lumber that would be useful for furniture.

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