Free Wood #3: This Wood Won't Smell

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 05-13-2016 12:35 PM 1209 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My church had two pews in the narthex that were starting to fall apart. I had repaired them a few times, but there’s only so much you can do without just taking them apart and restoring them. I was starting to make plans on replacing them with plywood benches, but this week the church got a hold of some reception are chairs for free.

So now the pews are spare and I’ve offered to take them away. They are each 12 feet long and made (I think) of maple. I’ll have to cut the long pieces in 1/2 to get them home, but that’s still 6 feet of 3/4 inch maple. Some pieces may be 1 inch.

Where am I going to store this?! I’ll find a place, don’t you worry!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 05-13-2016 12:44 PM

Those unused pews will yield some very nice wood. The uprights look to be at least 8 quarter, you’ll need to find a nice project requiring thick stock. Enjoy.

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#2 posted 05-13-2016 06:19 PM

The uprigghts are thick and solid wood, but the middle one especially has a few splits in it.

I’m open to suggestions as to what I might make with this wood. I’m thinking along the lines of mid-size or small projects instead of just one big project. One of the pews has many splits along its length, so unless I joint and re-glue them we’re talking narrower lengths.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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