Pie Safe / Secretary Desk

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Project by simarilan posted 05-30-2013 11:18 PM 1745 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pie Safe with a secretary style desk on top. Made from Pine, stained and finished with lacquer. I included a stained glass pen holder and box to hold 4” x 6” cards. Just put it in the coffee shop and hope it finds a home as quickly as the other one did.

I had a issue with the last pie safe I made. When I punched the tins for the door panels, each hole left a sharp edge on the inside. I ended up covering the inside of each tin with a piece of thin pine to cover the hole edges. When making these tins I used a spring loaded hole punch, the spring was strong enough to make a nice indention in the tin, but not strong enough to make a hole completely through the tin. And the spring hole punch made the process of punching the tins go a lot faster.

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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#1 posted 05-30-2013 11:48 PM

Very neat combination of functions.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 05-31-2013 01:09 AM

Pretty neat project. Are those tins 12×12?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 06-01-2013 11:45 PM

Did this pie safe already have the secretary attached? You did a lovely job on it.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 12:50 PM

The tins are about 8” x 8”

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#5 posted 06-02-2013 12:59 PM

I attached the secretary style desk after I had built the pie safe base. The last pie safe I made was larger and I made a hutch that sat on top of it and I wanted something a bit different this time.

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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#6 posted 06-02-2013 01:17 PM

I like this design and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 06-03-2013 04:44 PM

Very pretty and functional project! Like the design and the stain. I’m sure it will find a great home.

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