Just a simple cherry pie safe

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 08-19-2009 05:31 AM 2592 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For some reason I’ve always liked these old pie safe designs – something simple, functional, and back to basics. Mortis & Tenon joints, floating panels on all faces, wood slide drawers. The punched front door panels are copper – we do them periodically ourselves but found that it’s best to let the experts do their work and we outsource them at this point.

Material is solid cherry except for the shelves and the back.

Finish is natural hand rubbed Waterlox tung oi.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 08-19-2009 05:42 AM

Very nice, the copper fronts are a nice addition.

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#2 posted 08-19-2009 06:43 AM

Great pie safe. Who do you outsource the punched tins to if I may ask?

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#3 posted 08-19-2009 07:12 AM

Sorry forgot to post that – thought I did, well intended too – but net result I guess I didn’t!

These guys will punch tin, copper, brass, sheet steel, stainless steel, aluminum, etc. Gives some nice options for changing up from the normal tin. I liked the choice of copper with the cherry too, really made the piece stand out.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#4 posted 08-19-2009 12:40 PM

well, it’s just simply beautiful!

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#5 posted 08-19-2009 01:32 PM

do people still keep pies in these?

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#6 posted 08-19-2009 03:37 PM

Awesome. Looks great.

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#7 posted 08-19-2009 03:38 PM

Eric, Fantastic piece!

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#8 posted 08-20-2009 01:19 AM

nice one

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#9 posted 08-20-2009 06:26 AM


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#10 posted 08-22-2009 01:56 AM

They still function to keep pies – “IF” you turn the punches with the sharp edges facing outwards. Many people now choose to switch them around as the sharp edges can cut little curious finishes.

The functional configuration was to setup so the holes were smaller than the average house fly with the sharp edges out – thus unless the fly wished to give itself a vivisection it would not enter the cupboard, so your pies would be safe. In the reverse state they can actually trap the flies inside …

I see people from time to time using them for pies, bread, other baked goods to allow circulation without the annoying bugs joining the party for a meal.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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