Church Pew to Kitchen Bench

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Project by SeaFarin posted 02-21-2013 11:38 PM 14925 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Way back in 1994, my wife and I built a new house. As a house warming gift, some friends gave us a 10’ church pew from a 100 year old church near Lincoln, Nebraska. Fast forward to 2003 when we moved out of that house and into a smaller fixer upper. We discovered we did not have any room large enough to put our beloved 10’ church pew. My oldest daughter purchased her first home 2004 and was in need of L shaped kitchen bench for her three boys. So I started drawing up some ideas on how to get a straight 10’ church pew into an L shaped bench. If you look closely, I made it into three stand along pieces. A small center bench and a left and right return. Cutting it half was the hardest! If this pew could talk it would some real stories. On the center bench, I did not want to mess up the compound miter, so I compromised by adding the peice of oak plywood for the back.
I have other pictures of the bench and wil post them once I find them.

-- I'm Chuck and I wood not chuck wood cause I keep finding uses for it!

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 02:38 AM

Great save that will sure to be enjoyed for years to come….

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 02-22-2013 03:23 AM

nice job! What kind of wood is the pew? I just salvaged 10 of them from a church, some white oak, some Butternut

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#3 posted 02-22-2013 03:29 AM

Mike, Not sure what kind of wood it is, but will try to figure it out.
It’s not oak and is very dry!

-- I'm Chuck and I wood not chuck wood cause I keep finding uses for it!

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#4 posted 02-22-2013 02:33 PM

I have a clone of that pew… at least one 5 foot piece made of oak that came out of a Kansas or Nebraska church. Ours flew out of a truck on the interstate, so I put the pieces back together.

We’ve had it for 40 years… and it usually was in the front entry hallway to catch coats, books, grocery bags, etc.

Glad you kept yours in the family and it serves a use.

Well done.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 02:24 PM

Like the look of those benches, very sturdy and functional. Great idea to make it into 3 pieces and L shaped. Great job!

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