My first posted project, Oak Pie Safe

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Project by piesafejim posted 06-21-2011 03:08 AM 3012 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well let me first say i am sorry for the poor picture quality. I have been frequentng the site here for a couple of months and finally decided to post this project. It was a Father’s Day gift i made for a cousin of mine for his dad. I wanted to make this as close to an original reproduction pie safe so everything started from east tennessee red oak. The corner posts were from some wonderful 8/4 and the rest from 4/4. All of the joints are mortise and tenon my first ever such undertaking and i was pleased witih the outcome. In the past i used pocket screws. I resawed the end panels and glued up the top. The tins were treated in Muratic acid and then stained over. I wanted to do something a little different, sort of a signature, so i put walnut splines in the tops of the doors. The finish is just a simple laquer finish rubbed between coats, over Privincial from Minwax. I look forward to your comments and i will be posting some other projects in the near future. Thanks for your time.

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#1 posted 06-21-2011 03:15 AM

Nice looking pie safe.

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#2 posted 06-21-2011 03:20 AM

Great looking pie safe, cant wait to see more of your work!!

-- Jonathan- Scottsville, KY

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#3 posted 06-21-2011 03:59 AM

Awesome…I really like the back of the pie safe.

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#4 posted 06-21-2011 04:08 AM

Thanks for the positive comments. Slice you wouldnt believ where i got the wood for the back. On th other safe i made i resawed all of the panels and it was pretty time consumng. We were out driving one day and we passed a pallet company close by and i stopped in and after small talk witih an employee i asked about the strips that g on top of the pallets and he gave me a stack so i brought them home and “stuck them for a few days before planing them down and i must say it saved alot of time and the price was great and he told me that if they worked i could purchase them cor .27 per. I have a feeling i will be going bak to the pallet store.

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#5 posted 06-22-2011 03:55 AM

I prefer local and found wood. Like your panel layouts for grain. Thnks for the post. steve

I have a difference of opinion going on the direction of the piercings on the tinwork. A well respected authority (my opinion) claims the holes should be made from the inside out to serve its purpose of keeping the insects out. Does anyone have comments or a better authority? Thanks, steve.

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#6 posted 06-22-2011 03:29 PM

Well Steve, it is funny that you mention that lol. I have loooked at hundreds oof pie safes all over my region if east tn and southwest va and estern nc and i have seen very very few with the piercings turned inside. like you i have talked to som “authorities and the one that i would consider the authority agrees with you and she said they turned the piercings turned out kept the flies from lighting on the surface. The most unique tins i have saw were a punched tin also but there were no piercing bumps it had been smoothed back down i have seen 4 oro 5 of such and i could never et my hands on one… and thanks for the positive comment. the wood for this project had some good grains in it to work with.

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