Old Fashioned Pie Safe

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Project by Randy Moseley posted 02-01-2012 02:52 AM 3195 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This pie safe is for our local nursing home’s Alzheimer’s unit fund raiser and is to be raffled off. Proceeds go to activities for the residents such as lunches and bringing in entertainment for them. The pie safe is made of red oak and walnut. The two shelves are adjustable. The fronts are punched tin (I bought those). The post halves on each side of the face frame are walnut with two 5/4 pieces, laminated with a piece of notebook paper in the joint. I used filament tape around the post while turning in case the joint came loose. Once I was satisfied with the post, I took a chisel and gently tapped the joint and the post splits perfectly by pulling the notebook paper apart. I then glued and screwed half to each side of the face frame. The top is laminated strips of 45 degree slanted red oak glued onto a plywood base, with walnut rails around it. Drawers are maple/walnut with box joints on the corners. The legs are red oak turned in the lathe. Finish is two coats sanding sealer and two coats lacquered, sprayed.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#1 posted 02-01-2012 02:55 AM

That looks superb, I like the combination of colors in it. And it has an authentice old-timey look.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 02-01-2012 03:25 AM

an awesome build. very nice project. good luck with the fund raiser

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 02-01-2012 03:29 AM

Really nice piece!!!!!!!!!!!

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#4 posted 02-01-2012 03:42 AM

This is one cool pie safe,nice work.


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#5 posted 02-02-2012 02:32 AM

I love this idea that was based on very practical need to keep the flies off the food in the summer kitchen. I have been wanting to build one based on one that has been in my family for a few generations. I like the detail of the split turning. Very nice of you to donate it to a charity. I hope you signed it!

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

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#6 posted 02-02-2012 05:21 AM

Nice pie safe!

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