At a time when recycling has been become akin to sainthood in the eyes of the establishment it seemed a good idea to take on a job which involved converting five 100 year old twelve foot long church pews into rustic furniture for a cottage style house. The timber was primarily pitch pine which had been stained. This blog details the steps taken to complete the project. The picture above shows the pews as they were delivered to the workshop.
The first task was to break the pews down, denail them and see what could be salvaged to make furniture.
Following this the boards were sent away to be chemically stripped. Although the stripping only took a couple of days it was several weeks before the boards had dried out sufficiently to start work. The pic above shows pews after stripping and gives some idea of the variety of sizes and shapes finally salvaged.
The first piece to tackle was a dining table and the picture above shows the boards for the top in clamps. The
erest of the construction will follow in the next blog. Keep watching...