Pie Safe

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Project by Mike posted 09-14-2011 09:09 PM 1777 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally screwed up the courage to post my first LJ project. This my interpretation of a classic pie safe. The style I would say is Mission…..ish?. The carcass, shelves, back are oak ply. The face frame, drawer guide, arched shelf support and doors are solid oak. The inside of the door was a tough place to make decisions for me. I went with what you see here, an oak cap frame to hold the tins in place and while the I didnt want the black frame outside the door, I feel it pulls nicely on the black inside. The copper tins were punched by hand and the patina turned out awesome(IMO). I was shooting for very old, found in a old home/reclaimed look. Just what I wanted but it took some trail and error to figure out how to get it just so. A very simple process all in all. Sprayed the tins with clear matte acrylic, and for the record when the say do not apply in high humidity they are not joking. The first coat turned milky white, an immediate recoat in the house fixed it. Whew.

My goal when this project started was to get a better grip on various techniques, I have never stained, used urethane, made a precision dado, a shelf mounted with pocket holes, or made doors. A lot of firsts on this baby. I learned so much I had to make a note book so I wouldn’t forget all the little things I learned. Not proud of that but…....

Of course now that its done I feel it turned out ok, although I made too many mistakes, none were complete ruination. As they say the journey was great and the destination ended up being a place I’m happy with. Thanks for taking a look,


-- Why measure twice when you can cut twice.

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#1 posted 09-14-2011 09:18 PM

mmmmmm pie :) Thats awesome! I love the design and the contrast of colour.

-- M.K.

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#2 posted 09-14-2011 09:28 PM

I love pie safes. I’m intrigued by the patina. It’s a very pretty piece.

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

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 09:36 PM

I really, really like this piece. Excellent job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 09:51 PM

Beautiful pie safe.

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#5 posted 09-14-2011 10:40 PM

Great job! I agree the color contrast is very nice. What did you use to patina the tins?
I’m right there with ya on the notebook, although i’m more of a post-it and old envelope guy myself;)

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#6 posted 09-14-2011 11:31 PM

Very nice piece that shows its creator has a sense of style.

Did you put edge banding around the solid rails and stiles of the doors?

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#7 posted 09-15-2011 07:05 AM

Cool Beans

-- Tim The Toolman Dayton, Ohio

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#8 posted 09-15-2011 08:10 AM

Thanks for the kind words! The patina is vinegar sprayed on tins, salt added, in a container filled with ammonia. I really liked the blue color, so that is what I went with. Here is a link I found that set me straight.

The stronger the vinegar and ammonia the quicker it works. Play with it till you find the right balance.

Yes I went with the edge banding because I was looking for more visual interest. The reveal line really appealed to me once I had it completed. I feel like adding detail is like adding salt when cooking, not enough is bland, too much spoils the soup. It is really hard to find the balance when your designing your own things. : – )

My project is not all that compared with all you great craftsmen/women out there but as a learning tool, Im happy. Thanks again for the kind words.

-- Why measure twice when you can cut twice.

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#9 posted 09-15-2011 12:03 PM

Great first LJ project….......... Don’t stop there

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 09-15-2011 06:20 PM

Love this piece! I especially like that you did not go with the miter corners! Great look and a strong presence.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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