build log (mini pie safe (small pastery storage)) #1: day 1 work in progress

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Blog entry by hobby1 posted 08-14-2013 01:33 AM 1123 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my build log (blog) for another project.

I was taking out some old pine cabinets on a job for a guy, and he said I could keep the boards.

I found very good pine shelving boards, already finished and varnished, they were very straight and flat, so I got three of them, to build some reproductive antique projects with them, to sell at an auction.

I decided to try to build another miniature pie safe, it’s too small for pies, but it could be called a small pastry safe.

First I cut the board into 1” strips, then cut a rabbet 1/4” x 1/4” on the table saw, and cleaned them up on my router table, to get nice rabbets to work with.

The rabbets are made to recieve the aluminum flashing that will act as punched tins.

Now I need to cut rabetts on the ends of the rails to fit inside the stiles.

now they can be dry fitted.

I want to try to make this build as simple as possible, so I can bang these out quickly.
So I used plenty of glue, and hammered in brads to assemble the rails to the stiles.

and clamp everything square and tight.

Next a routed a rabbet on the back sides of both panels to recieve a 1/4” thick plywood back.

Then it was time to build top and bottom frames so the carcass can be assembled, together.

so as to have a deep enough drawer at the bottom, required me to build another frame, and attach it to the bottom of the carcass, this will also be the base to recieve the feet for the unit.
also found some 1/4” plywood to assemble the back panel.

Now to build and install the feet.

and let them set while the glue dries.

then I took it back outside, to sand off all the varnish finish, to get it back to bare wood on the outside, I’m going to paint this to make it look antique somehow.

And now I started working on the doors,

That’s all for this evening next I’ll complete the doors, and work on the drawer and the top.

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#1 posted 08-14-2013 08:08 AM

Great work. This is going to be very nice. That is some nice pine you got for free.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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