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pew bench

Posted by sunnny (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 4, 13 at 16:29

Hi everyone! I don't think I've ever posted on the woodworking forum before but am an old timer to GW. I'm hoping someone might have some ideas or suggestions to help me with a project. I want to re-purpose an old pew bench that's over 100 years old. It's from the old church my great Grandfather built. There's no decorative wood and it's a PLAIN JANE. It's about 16 feet long with a totally straight back and seat that is an inch thick. The legs are just slabs of 2-3 inch thick wood. The wood may be pecan. I'll try to post a pic later.
I'd love to have a table top made for a dining table and DH wants to cut it in half, paint with decking stain or marine paint and use them in an outdoor setting. They are NOT comfortable so I think even with cushions our tushies won't be happy. What ever we do with it I love the idea of having it in whatever form since it's part of my heritage.
I've researched for re-purposed church pews and haven't found much other than a headboard. Does anyone have ideas or links where I might find inspiration?
My dad is a great wood man with every tool and has built nightstands, end tables, cabinets, etc and does beautiful work so he'd be my wood man if I can come up with an idea or design.
Thank you!

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RE: pew bench

One HGTV show had a church pew as seating for a dining room. Another show Junk Raiders made a table from church pews.

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