Church Pew

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oursalvagedlife added on 6/3/2016

Rustic church pew. Hand-crafted pew inspired by the old southern church pews of the past. The finish is distressed and chippy to replicate the years of sermons, stories and songs its heard.

Directions

Follow the steps below to complete this project.

1

Initial cut of side panels

Cut 2, 22" x 37" side panels from the plywood with the circular saw. Use your 1st cut as a match for your 2nd cut to ensure they are equal size.

2

Drawing the pattern

Measure 10" of string & put one end of the string at the top of the board on the edge. Hold the other end of the string down the edge of the board. Hold a pencil against a string at the top of the board and draw a quarter circle. Measure 6" on the string. Place one end with your pencil at the end of the 10" quarter circle. Hold the the other end of the string perpendicular and draw another quarter circle. Measure 7" on the string. Place one end with your pencil at the end of the 6" quarter circle. Hold the the other end of the string perpendicular and draw another quarter circle.

3

Detail cut of side panels

We chopped off our excess corner with the circular saw to make it easier to cut the detail out with the band saw. Follow your pencil line and cut out the curve using a band saw or jig saw. Once you cut your first panel use that as a guide for the 2nd panel. Trace the pattern and cut as you did on the first panel.

4

Guidelines for the seat

On the front side of the panel (the shorter side after the cut) measure 18" from the bottom of the panel and make a mark. On the back side of the panel measure 17" & make a mark (this gives it a slight slant towards the back). Then draw a line between them. This will be your guide for the placement of the seat. Then measure 4" from the from the back along your line. Draw a straight line from that point to the upper back corner. This will be your guide for the placement of the back of the seat. Repeat for the other side.

5

Building the frame

Follow the Kreg Jig guidelines for the proper settings for a 2 x 4. Drill 2 holes in each end of both 13.5" 2 x 4. Measure and mark 16" from each end of both 4' 2 x 4. Attach each 13.5" 2 x 4 to the 4' 2 x 4 at the 16" mark. The 13.5" 2 x4 should be perpendicular to the 4' 2 x 4. Attach the other side of the 13.5" 2 x 4 to the 2nd 2 x 4 at the 16" mark.

6

Attaching the frame

Using the Kreg Jig drill 2 holes on the inside of each end of the 4' 2 x 4. On the side panel, draw a parallel line 3/4" below your seat guideline. Lay the side panel flat on your work surface. Stand your frame up on top of the panel. Both legs of the frame should line up with parallel line drawn in the previous step. The back of your frame should align to the seat back.

7

Attaching the seat

Using the Kreg Jig set to a 3/4" board, drill 3 holes into each end of the 1 x 6 boards (you will have 3 boards total). Attach the 4' 1 x 6 board to the side panel using 1" wood screws in alignment with the frame.

8

Attaching the back

Using the Kreg Jig set for a ¾” board, drill 2 holes at each end of the 1 x 3’s & the 1 x 4 (you will have 7 boards total). You will also drill one hole in the middle of each of the 7 boards perpendicular to the other holes (across the board). Using 1” wood screws attach the 4’ 1 x 3 to the side panels following your seat back guidelines. Use the 4’, 1 x 4 for the top piece. Attach each 1 x 3 to the board next to it by screwing each of the boards together with your middle Kreg Jig hole – making sure each board is flush with each other. This will help stabilize the seat back. You can add a 4’ 2 x 4 across the back of the pew for added support, if you like. We did not do this step.

9

Optional Diamond cut out

This is a total optional step. I used a diamond template, traced it on the side panel, drilled a large hole to fit the jig saw in. Jig saw the diamond shape out and sand.

10

Finishing

Sand all rough edges. I used Minwax Espresso stain over the entire pew. Then painted barn red milk paint in spots. Next covered the pew in grey milk paint. I sanded and distressed and added more layers of different shades of grey. The finishing is totally optional.

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 1x4, 96", Board  
(1) 3/4" Thick, Half Sheet, Plywood  
(2) 2x4, 96", Board  
(3) 1x3, 96", Board  
(2) 1x6, 96", Board  

Hardware/Supplies:

Parts/Cut List:

(3) Seat, 1" x 6" x 4'  
(2) Seat frame, 2" x 4" x 4'  
(2) Seat frame, 2" x 4" x 13.5"  
(6) Back , 1" x 3" x 4'  
(1) Back, 1" x 4" x 4'  
(2) Side panels, 22" x 37"  

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