Pie Safe

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Project by Phil Brown posted 2651 days ago 1367 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In some earlier posts I’ve had comments about my use of recycled wood and how cost effective and environmentally helpful this practice can be.

This reproduction pie safe is made entirely from pine and spruce crate lumber from Sweden. I have dozens of these crates left over from the factory I worked in before it was bought out and dissolved.

I had this on display in a local boutique and the owner liked it so much that she bought it and embellished it with the little saying. The metal panels are from scrap aluminum sheet from the factory that I set maple leaves on from my yard and scribed around them.The metal is orbital sanded first which gives it strength, and after the leaves are added a process of antiquing with glazes of acrylic paint ensues.

The finish is a blend of stains designed to give an antique or primitive look, mixing puritan pine, special walnut and a hint of mahogany under a waterbase clearcoat which is steel wooled to a satin finish. Acrylic black and white paint is also ragged on to help the aged look.

This attractive and funtional piece sells for up to $675 retail, all from free wood.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#1 posted 2651 days ago

Wow this is beautiful. I feel you both got a good deal, you with the free wood and her with this beautiful piece.


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#2 posted 2651 days ago

Excellent recycling – you have just made me re-think about the 50 or so pallets I have behind the workshop – destined for next winters fuel source!

I guess you used a pin punch & Hammer for the Maple leaf design?

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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Phil Brown

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#3 posted 2651 days ago

Tony, the leaves are scribed into the aluminum with an aluminum scribing tool. The sheet stock is fairly soft and two or three passes with the tool will make a sufficient indentation. I use a rubber mat from the stuff diving suits are made of under the panels to scribe into.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#4 posted 2651 days ago

Nice piece, Phil.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 2650 days ago

I’m in awe.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 2650 days ago

A nice job Phil. That is a great looking pie safe. And to think, it is all done with free wood..amazing.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#7 posted 2647 days ago

Very cool Phil. I still can’t believe you do so well with that cheap crap. It sure come out amazing. jockmike.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 2647 days ago

This is a great pie safe Phil. Good job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#9 posted 2647 days ago

This is very cool woodworking art Phil. Great workmanship shown here.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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