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Project by Bertha posted 08-04-2017 02:18 AM 1626 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This isn’t entirely finished but I’m stuck at Reagan airport for the foreseeable future, so I’ll post this unfinished.

My pal, Matt, wanted to make a pie safe for his Wife’s birthday. I offered whatever help and tools I could provide. Matt doesn’t know yet that I absolutely hate oak. Anyhow, it was a fun project and I enjoyed the company.

He wanted to build a traditional pie safe and had downloaded a plan that featured biscuits. I talked him out of that and we built the case as it came, story sticking, and measuring to fit. Started with a bunch of oak, 3/4 inch dimensioned, home center type. We chose the show faces early in the process.

Matt doesn’t like his picture taken, so there won’t be any of him here. Basically, just re-jointed and glued up all the carcase panels.

rebated the top (or really sub-top) and dadoed for all the shelves/horizontal dividers. We’re going to use a face frame (which I never do).

The legs are continuous with the side panels.

The rear of the case is let in with a 1/2 inch rebate to accept the back.

The “true” top is breadboarded.

<this> I don’t see anything weird.

1/2 blinds on the front, fulls on the rear with a 1/8 (total) taper in width back<front>ll fill in these photos if I ever make it home.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog





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Bertha

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#1 posted 08-04-2017 02:20 AM

whoa. I’m missing about 20 photos I just posted.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 08-04-2017 03:30 AM

What? Eff it? No way!!!!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 08-04-2017 10:34 AM

I like the oak. But then I like oak. But I guess it’s really up to Matt’s wife. I think she’ll love it!

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 08-04-2017 12:46 PM

have never done much in oak, but you may have persuaded me otherwise. nice looking piece, if you find the missing photos i hope you will add them. thanks for the details on the build as well; i enjoy the lessons as much as the inspiration!

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#5 posted 08-04-2017 12:48 PM

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 08-04-2017 01:07 PM

Nice design and build. The tin plates are nice…did you make them?

I like oak and build with it a lot. I get mine at a small sawmill and build mostly with quarter sawn red oak because it tends to warp less. The only draw back with quarter sawn is that you can not get as wide of pieces.

A coupe of suggestions.. For side by side drawer fronts like at the bottom, I use a continuous board so the grain flows from one to the next. IMO there is no need for the F word in one of your replies.

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#7 posted 08-04-2017 01:13 PM

^ I spy, with my my little eye, Tony circling a mallet.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#8 posted 08-04-2017 02:02 PM

What I see I like. Thanks for posting what you have. I have an imagination , and the steps in between I van fill in when looking at the assembled pie safe ! Excellent !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#9 posted 08-04-2017 02:04 PM

You did a very nice job on this and it looks like an original. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 08-04-2017 02:55 PM

The “true” top is breadboarded.

<this> I don’t see anything weird.

1/2 blinds on the front, fulls on the rear with a 1/8 (total) taper in width back<front.

Did what I thought was a pretty cool thing – forstnered the ends of the stopped drawer dadoes.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 08-04-2017 02:57 PM

Did what I thought was a pretty cool thing – forstnered the ends of the stopped drawer dadoes.

worked pretty well. Cut the 3/8 inch dado with a straight bit on the table.

Made the drawers 3/8 solid out of cutoffs.

Shaker raised-paneled the face frame.

Started dry fitting.

tacked in face frame 18ga and hid holes.

Matt ordered the tin online and HAND PUNCHED all six panels in less than a week.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 08-04-2017 02:58 PM

Ordered some hand forged h-hinges online.

Natural danish oil – even on the tin.

blocked up the leg fronts (83 degrees).

Turned a bunch of knobs.

Prepared the ship lap.

Cut some cove molding.

Nice piece and heavy as the Mooch’s gold chains.

Unrelated:

Steak at the baseball park.

Found this at an antique store – a homemade Butcher chisel.

Thanks for looking. I’ll fill in these photos if I ever make it home.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bertha

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#13 posted 08-04-2017 03:11 PM

Missed one, Tony!

Thanks, guys. I don’t know what the hell is going on with the site. Is there a limit to the numbers of pictures you can post in line now?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 08-04-2017 03:27 PM

Is there a limit? Not that I’m aware. Thanks for completing to pictorial, and it’s good to see Steak out and about.

EDIT: And this one, too.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#15 posted 08-04-2017 03:29 PM

This is so slick:

Matt did a fantastic job punching that tin.

Steak is a pimp.

Dang, I did miss that one.

-- ~Tony

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