Pine Pie Safe

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Project by ChuckV posted 04-03-2010 01:14 AM 12186 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this pie safe for my wife using a plan published in Woodsmith Magazine in 1998.

This is the first project that I have built from pine. I enjoyed the challenge of working with the knots. The pine is from a pile of left over shiplap siding from when we had our barn resided several years ago. One side is very rough and after both sides are planed smooth, it is 3/4” thick – just what I wanted.

The only real change that I made from the plans was to cut dovetail joints for the drawer fronts instead of using rabbets. I took the easier route and bought the tins pre-punched. Just trimming them to size was enough to draw some blood! There was a section in the plans on “distressing” the piece to make it look old. I decided to skip this step, confident that my six and eight year-old boys are more than up to the task. I did, however, use square pegs through the mortise and tenon joints and wrought head nails to try to give it an older look.


I like the way that the two adjustable shelves work. There are four vertical standards with 45-degree notches cut every three inches and four matching supports. Here is a photo of one of the supports in place:


The back pieces are joined with splines glued into every other groove to make it like tongue and groove.


The pie safe is finished with shellac. I made a mixture of clear and amber, about three parts amber to two parts clear.


-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#1 posted 04-03-2010 03:12 AM

beautiful work!

and the pie looks good too :)

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

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#2 posted 04-03-2010 03:15 AM

Beautiful pie safe.

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 05:33 AM

FAN tastic.. I love it.. while being new, it has old world charm… so cute.. you make me want to build one!

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#4 posted 04-03-2010 06:04 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 04-03-2010 07:03 AM

Great looking pie safe


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#6 posted 04-03-2010 07:28 AM


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#7 posted 04-03-2010 06:34 PM


-- Big G

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#8 posted 05-02-2010 03:03 PM

Robin sure is lucky to have a woodworker around for all her preserves Chuck.Nice job on the pie safe.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#9 posted 05-06-2010 11:35 PM

Hi Chuck. I haven’t been too active for awhile and I somehow missed this. Your wife mentioned it on one of my posts on Garden Tenders. Great build on the pie safe. I like those adjustable shelf things. I remember an article some time ago in FWW mag. on different ways to do this and I think yours was one of those ways. I guess your kids are busy distressing it by now. You might want to post it again when they get finished so we can see the completed project LOL.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 07-31-2011 09:06 PM

What can I say, Chuck! WOW!!! That’s dynamic. Love your reasoning for not doing the distressed look yourself. I’ve seen Robin’s pies on Gardentenders. I’m sure they do not sit on the shelves too long. Pam and I are certainly coming for a visit!

-- Harold

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