build log (mini pie safe (small pastery storage)) #3: Day #3 finished project.

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Blog entry by hobby1 posted 08-21-2013 05:17 PM 2091 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I painted this with an “Antique White” color.

Thanks for following along.

Have fun in the shop.

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#1 posted 08-21-2013 06:24 PM

This came out really well. It has a lot of charm. Were you able to punch the holes stacked or did you do it one-at-a-time?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 08-21-2013 08:38 PM

Hi Mike,
thanks for the complement,

I did them one at a time, only because I was using a scratch awl, because of the taper of the point I had no other choice.

But now that you brought up this question, there is no reason why I couldn’t stack them together, and use a small drill bit, I think the effect would be just the same, If I used a small enough diameter bit, thanks for bringing up that question, a simple solution to doing them quicker, that never entered my mnd, because I was so focused on punching holes, as the only method.

Have a nice day.

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 09:14 PM

Beautiful work!

For a punch you could get some of the cheap dental picks at HF or a flea market or on line, cut them in half and chuck them up in the drill press.

Not sure I would gang punch them as that would tend to lose some of the authenticity in my opinion.
The punch marks were a part of the charm. Drilling the holes might take away from that.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 08-21-2013 10:56 PM

Thankyou :
Dallas for the nice complement,

Yeh, I do see what your saying, the punch through gives it an indentation along with the hole, like you said, it makes it more authentic.

Thanks for that good input,

Also, I like your idea of putting a punch in a drill press to punch through, I did all that by hand, and took a long time, I could use the drill press as a manual punch press.

Thanks again.

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#5 posted 07-03-2014 03:46 AM

Great job there! I have been wanting to have a similar storage cabinet for my shoes that can be easily moved around should I need to rearrange the house. I like how you decided to use a simple white finish to have a neat and clean outlook. The one thing good about DIY products is that you are able to customise them according to your preferences and have them changed as many times as you like without the need to spend much money. Therefore, you can easily match and complement your other furniture anytime.

-- Cameron Robertson, Manager of storage Dee Why -

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#6 posted 07-03-2014 04:40 PM

Thankyou for the complement, it is greatly appreciated.

Have a great day.

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#7 posted 09-26-2014 08:09 AM

The main attraction factor of this storage cabinet is definitely the punch holes. They add a touch of class to the doors and make this furniture piece unique and one-of-a-kind for sure. I don’t think I would have such a high patience level to go through each metal disk one by one. So, kudos to you for all those hard work! They really paid off well in making this piece a charmer.

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#8 posted 09-26-2014 08:01 PM


Thankyou for the nice complement.

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