Free Wood #4: The Pew Report

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 05-14-2016 11:36 PM 1403 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As mentioned previously in this series, I got possession of two old church pews that my church no longer needed. Today I disassembled them and cut the long pieces in half crosswise to fit them in my car. Because of the splits in the wood, I ended up with many 1×4’s and a few 1×6’s. One seat stayed intact, but it has a split. I’ll have to break it anyway to fit through my thickness planer.

I cleaned the wood up, taking off any molding so that it would fit better on my wood rack without slipping off. I have not planed any of it yet. I’ll save that for a nice day outdoors. I did however scrape and sand a section to help identify the wood.

The chaps in the Wood and Lumber section say this is mahogany (yay, not pine!) I don’t have any projects in mind for this yet, but I’m sure I’ll find something. I’ve got over 9 board feet of mohogany to play with.

Enjoy the pics below.

[Below] My stash of mahogany is just above the spring clamps and standing up next to the wood rack.

[Below] This doesn’t include the thick supports of the pew. These are actually two boards glued together. I also got the ‘hymnal’ racks that were screwed on under the pews. Same wood, but thinner pieces. I haven’t found a home for these yet.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 05-15-2016 12:06 AM

Nice volume of wood in the stash, now find a good project for it.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 05-15-2016 11:25 AM

Nice volume of wood in the stash, now find a good project for it.

- Oldtool

I have one small one in mind at the moment, the four pastoral assistants could use a shelf to keep their hymnals handy and apart from the choir hymnals.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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