Church Pew to Mud Room Bench11:57 AM
Thanks for all your comments on my last post!
You're all so encouraging and it seems like there are many who also find it challenging to balance a blog with real life. Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate them.
solid oak 11 foot church pew cut down for a 4.5' wide bench for our mudroom!
SOURCE: found the 11' center pew on craigslist.
It was from an older church in our area that was remodeling.
The estimate was it's around 60-70 years old.
METHOD: Used masking tape to mark 3 different sections for 3 different projects.Husband used circular saw to cut it into three hunks.
I took the original ends off one hunk to attach it to the longest piece to re-create the original pew in a smaller bench.
Connected with glue/ pipe clamps and Kreg jig, pocket holes.
I didn't refinish the wood, just cleaned with Murphy's oil soap.
I think I'll get baskets for additional storage underneath too.
Debated about making a cushion, but decided to keep the original wood minimal bench for now.
We love the piece of history in our home, the solid construction, and hidden hymn book holders on the back.
My husband suggested I shouldn't buy any more junk before the moved, but this was my last purchase,
you just never know if you'll even find an 11 foot church pew for a good price.