Every once in a while you find something that isn’t as simple as it looks. Not extraordinary or amazing but still interesting in its own right. This is such a piece:

Looks fairly straightforward.

Looks fairly straightforward.

Seems to be a simple church pew. Then you look a little closer and see the first slightly odd thing.

Slightly more interesting.

Slightly more interesting.

Back leg appears shorter giving the pew a backward tilt. Having a phone with too many apps, I determined that the sides were 8° from vertical. Might be a reasonable way to get an angled seat without too much effort. Then I looked at the seat:

Again, not simple.

Again, not simple.

The seat is not perpendicular to the front edge of the sides. The seat is 4° from horizontal and 4° from perpendicular to front edge of the sides.

Surely the back is parallel to the edge of the sides. No, it’s not.

Even less simple.

Even less simple.

The back is 14° from vertical and 6° from the edge of the back, 10° from perpendicular to the seat. Not a complex pew but not trivial. Some thought required before cutting your dadoes and grooves.

Not the simplest way to achieve a pew but one with some visual interest.