Safe Cracking #2: Door, Panel and Drawer work

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Blog entry by Milo posted 06-26-2012 02:16 AM 2816 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Pie Safe Adventure Part 2 of Safe Cracking series Part 3: Cosmetic Repairs to stoopid mistakes »

Hey gang, here’s an update on my pie safe adventures…

I worked on the raised panel side of the safe. There are four of them, and I used my snazy new horizontal router to do them.

Lemmetellyasum’n. PRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTIVE with your router before you do the real doors or you’ll tear them up!!

You MUST make multiple passes and take your time, or you just make mince meat of your boards. I was farily fortunate and was able to repair most of the damage I did to my boards before the final product, but in this picture, you can see a gouge I made that I wasn’t able to smooth out…

See the dip in the wood above the knot? That kind of thing happens. I am also making a decorative repair in the knot because the router ate that too. The wood is kind of brittle. Another reason to take your time with the router.

Here is a panel in the door. I am considering lightly staining the carcase of the pie safe differently than the panels for contrast. What do you guys think? Any suggestions?

Here is another panel repair I am having to make. Poor planing decision on my part caused this. It should be ok though if I am PATIENT with the router. I will have to hand paint the colors in to make it match though. I will try to remember to post a picture of the final repair on this panel.

Here is the front door and the future top. I am pleased with how the door is turning out. The molding doesn’t look half bad, though I am going to color it so it matches better.

I’ll have more later. I hope to have the drawers done by the end of the week.


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#1 posted 06-26-2012 03:41 AM

Looking good!

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 11:56 PM

Looks great!. In my opinion, don’t stain it. Or stain it all the same color.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 02:33 AM

Looks great, I love the wood. I’d just put a clear finish on it all and let nature take care of the color!

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#4 posted 07-01-2012 07:53 PM

Wet it down with mineral spirits to get a preview of what it will look like with only a clear coat. Only you and SWMBO can decide if you like it that way.

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#5 posted 07-01-2012 08:51 PM

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