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Recently I went out looking for a wholesale that creates church pews to hand out as presents since my church needed some extra benches.
I was disappointed to hear that many of my chosen designs were way too expensive and smaller in size than I imagined them to be.
Later in the day, I found some videos and instructions on how to do it yourself, and immediately the idea came out.
Picking the features that I admired, I started from scratch following the instructions step by step until it was done. Here I will show you easy steps on how to create a church pew.
1. Gather all your materials
The first step in starting your own project is making sure all the required materials are available on site. You don’t want to start searching for a hammer when the project is already ongoing.
Make yourself comfortable and ready with the most important part being observing your safety measures.
In my design, I created a 60 inch(wide) pew but you are always allowed to remove or add any measurement you want since the creativity is yours.
2. Starting point
After confirming that all materials are on site, pick one large piece and a small one and lie them facing each other. Here you should be careful with your picks.
You have to figure out the shape of your pew, the gap on the legs, and how you want the outcome to look.
You are advised to sketch different designs on a rough paper to help you choose your final pick.
3. Drilling process
Using a Kreg, carefully drill small holes on the two pieces of wood and screw them up. Be careful in making small holes for a more accurate outcome.
Screw them together while using screws approximately 3 inches. Make sure they perfectly fit each other for a stronger and lasting usage.
4. Cutting the material
After completing the first three steps and reaching this step means you have completed the first phase of the project and you should give yourself a thumbs up.
Pick up the jigsaw and use it in cutting the piece of wood to the design of your choice.
Remember to take the pew that has been cut out at the end and go ahead in placing the holes to face each other so that all the holes made are under the bench.
5. A matter of putting them in place
Use 3 pieces of wood both one times six wide mainly for the back, add another one times two pieces on top to finish the upper part.
This measurement also applies to the back sideboards with all the heights being of the same size.
After that, you are allowed to attach the two materials together carefully at an angle to ensure comfortability once someone puts some weight on the pew.
6. Screwing them together
After seeing how your project might turn out, you have already decided on what pieces are blending together.
Without wasting time, start screwing the back pieces together carefully using a wood screw to avoid minor injuries.
The process should be repeated a couple of times as you keep on attaching the boards in the back together. Also, keep stacking them while screwing the boards from the back.
7. Almost complete
Almost at the end of my project, I decided to be creative and add a piece of wood on the scalloped end of the edge towards the front side of the seat.
By first cutting paper to trace in the pattern that would fit. Always have a habit of confirming and not assuming.
I decided on a one-time three-piece which I went ahead and cut the design with the use of a jigsaw.
Add some glue on the board trim of the seat and with the full concentration required, pick up a nail gun with eighteen gauges and use it to slowly fix all edges in the seating boards.
8. The outcome
The scalloped design on the edge came out perfectly giving the whole pew a nice vintage look. The outcome of my project was lovely with me enjoying what I had created.
If you have followed these few steps alongside without making errors, you sure expect to have a nice outcome.
Creating your own church bench isn’t hard but definitely not impossible. Doing it yourself makes it even more fun and educative with you getting the real experience unlike hiring a skilled person for the job.
Hiring skilled personnel isn’t a bad option but if you are looking for a cheaper way to handle your problem, doing it yourself is the solution. With you having to save a lot on the cost of labor.