Pie Safe By My 17 Year Old Daughter Finished!!!!!!!!

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Project by scamp238 posted 02-11-2013 06:32 PM 2882 views 2 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter chose to do this pie safe for an FFA project. She started on this just before Christmas. It took a while because she is in school still and I have to work full time. She is 17 and a senior in high school.

She had little experience before this. She has helped me some down in my shop, but just a few cuts here and there. We looked at a bunch of pictures on the net before deciding on this particular design. It had to be modified to suit what she wanted to do. She decided on 2 smaller doors at the bottom and a bread box opening instead of drawers for the top.

The main part is pine with 1/2 inch birch ply for the side panels and 1/8” ply for the bread box door panel. The sides and doors are done with stub tenon and groove joinery. The shelves are fixed with pocket hole joinery from the underside. The back is 1×6 tongue and groove pine. It was sprayed with tea and fumed with ammonia. The finish was 3-4 coats of semi-gloss water based polyurethane. The handles were shaped with the router and cut free on the table saw. The panels on the lower doors were punched with a sharpened nail and a hammer.

I supervised her and made sure that she didn’t remove any body parts with the tools. I also helped her lift and clamp the pieces, but she did all of the principal work. I hope everybody likes it. It is being entered into the competition tomorrow to be judged. I hope she does well.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 07:05 PM

Looks like an awesome job to me, love I love it when my daughter comes to the shop, make, you let us know how she does

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#2 posted 02-11-2013 07:07 PM

Thanks, I will post how she does. I may not be able to post until Wednesday, but I will try to post tomorrow.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#3 posted 02-11-2013 07:27 PM

She did well regardless of whether it does well. That’s a piece of furniture to be proud of.

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 07:32 PM

Thank you. I told her that regardless of how it did, that it was nice. Doing well would be nice as well.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#5 posted 02-11-2013 08:30 PM

Wonderful project! It’s a “winner”, no matter what. (I thought kids didn’t finish stuff.)

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 08:40 PM

It took some prodding for her to get it done. Be sure of that. But ultimately, she finished it. I wish more kids would find an interest other than games or the internet. Kids can’t think for themselves nowadays.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#7 posted 02-11-2013 08:46 PM

looks great. even better that she was involved with the build! a family piece with soul in it (in more than one way)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 02-11-2013 08:59 PM

Thank you.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#9 posted 02-11-2013 11:15 PM

great looking pie and your daughter did a nice job.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#10 posted 02-11-2013 11:26 PM

Everything about this project is fantastic.

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#11 posted 02-11-2013 11:33 PM

Thank you everyone. It is a real boost to my daughter to see such kind comments about her project.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#12 posted 02-12-2013 12:49 AM

Very, very nice. Great job on the tin panels. Beautiful piece of furniture. Good luck in the competition. Sure hope your daughter now has the itch for woodworking. Wish I would have started back when I originally got the itch. Married a man with 4 kids instead and didn’t get started woodworking until 10 yrs later. This is a wonderful hobby for your daughter to have, especially since she has a good teacher!

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#13 posted 02-12-2013 12:53 AM

Thanks Dee. She has said that she wants to do more projects after this one. This project has shown her that she can do something like this. I would like for her to help me do some small projects to earn some money for her college.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#14 posted 02-12-2013 12:56 AM

Awesome project! The breadbox opening at the top is a great idea! I’ll have to do that on a future project too.
Good job!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#15 posted 02-12-2013 12:57 AM

VERY NICE!!!!!!!

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