I really wanted a church pew for my bedroom but I didn’t want to pay $400-$500- currently that’s all I can find on Gumtree or ebay! I was also after a certain style and size of church pew. So I decided, why don’t I just try to build one. 😂
When I build any type of furniture, shutters or fix things I always work within the per cut measurements of the timber available. This cuts down costs and saves on wastage.
Step 1:- find your timber…
✖️I went searching in bunnings and I found this sheet of 30 x 900 x 2100mm – this would work out to be the cheapest option plus it was the thickest board I could find! It also had a nice grain to it , at one stage I was thinking of staining but later changed my mind and painted my church pew….
✖️This piece now determines the size of my pew, so I made it 200mm shorter in length so I could cut and make the church pew out of this one piece of timber $99…
✖️1m high – 1m in length for back and seat pieces ( over all length will be 1060mm – thickness of ends is 30mm on each side)…
✖️hight of seat is 400mm from the ground. ( majority of sits run 400/450mm off the ground )…
✖️seat piece is 400mm wide and back piece is 200mm wide….
Step 2:- Make your design
✖️I used a 4L paint tin to make my design and then drew the remaining by hand 😂
Step 3:- cut your design
✖️cut out your design using a jig saw! When you mark out your design use half the board to one side – eg. Draw both to the left of the board running the length! ( cut one out and use as template for your second side)…..
✖️the other half will be used for your back and seat brace – running 2100mm which you will cut down to 1m each at 400mm wide….
✖️I used timber I already had as my brave pieces for attaching the seat and back to the sides of the church pew but you can cut from the same timber as the church pew – there is enough –
seat brace is 380mm length by 30mm side x 2 – back brace is 180mm length by 15mm side x 2…
✖️Screw the seat braces on first at 400mm from the bottom of church pew to the top of the brace – ( look below )
Step 4 : – screw the sit on
✖️with this church pew I just screwed the seat piece straight into the side braces ( you can hide the screws and come from inside the church pew instead)….
✖️ repeat this step for the back piece – I just measured where I liked it from a visual perception – then made sure that all the measurements were correct on both sides.
This church pew was a quick and simple project! I went with what I liked from a visual perception, didn’t plan too much and worked within the measurements of per cut timber. The next one I will be building for our formal dining table will be more detailed and built definitely! 😊
Total cost $99!