About three hours into the FIRST DAY! I figured we could disassemble them with cordless tools in the morning, and haul them all off before closing time. NOPE! Five guys. Three days. Lots of HEAVY lifting. Then I had to store all of these long planks with the foam and fabric on them. We eventually found some time to strip the foam and fabric off of them, but even that was a two day project.
It didn't help to learn that those good, God fearing Christians like to shove their chewing gum into the holes and plug up access to the screw heads either. We began by trying to unscrew the Bible pockets on the back. Shortly into the first day, I gave a guy a claw hammer and said, "Swing hard!"
When he began beating them off, the project moved more quickly. I still have all of them (about 300 of them) and believe it or not, they are still in great condition. I will be able to use the thin wooden planks for ... something.
So was the wood actually "FREE"? No. Not really. Five guys. Three days. Gas. Food. etc. About $2,000.00 total, to remove all of them from the church. Given TODAY'S wood prices though, I still believe I am ahead of the game.