pie safe

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Project by Oldelm posted 07-01-2012 05:17 PM 1669 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this project a year and a half ago. It is smaller than usual size to fit specific place, 36” high x 30” wide. I made it using a circular saw, a drill, and some ground down punches to do the panels. M & T joinery, planes and scrappers for finish. It is oak and oak veneer plywood stain and minwax poly finish. I have more tools now to make things easier.

-- Jim, Missouri

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#1 posted 07-01-2012 05:32 PM

Wow that looks spectacular Jim. The punches look so nice and clean ,what did you use to punch it with.

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#2 posted 07-01-2012 07:04 PM

Great Job Jim,
I built my first pie safe with very limited tools as well. I used on newpaper print tin what type did you use?

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#3 posted 07-01-2012 07:58 PM

Your pie safe looks great. Especially to have been made with a limited selection of tools. The first items I made weren’t as nice as this for sure.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 07-01-2012 08:15 PM

I am sorry if I gave the impression that this was a first project. What I intended was to say that as far as power tools that is what I had available to use at the time. I do have a lot of woodworking experience from years ago and learned from some old time finish carpenters. I talking in the years before nail guns or mitre saws were around much. I also wanted to encourage those who don’t have the budgets to support large tool purchases that it is possible to do some nice work with a few less expensive tools.
There was also a question about the panels. They are aluminum my wife wants them to stay bright for the long run.
Thanks again for the commients

-- Jim, Missouri

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#5 posted 07-02-2012 12:26 PM

last time i did one , i cut the head off a nail an chucked in drill press then pressed into the tin


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#6 posted 07-02-2012 12:53 PM

I punched the aluminum with an awl, an old nail set ground to a diamond shape, a small cold chisel ground to an arc,(for some of the border), and a steel rod drilled in the center and cut half away, approx. (for the arcs and the flower center) I screwed the panel to a piece of 1/2”ply (it try’s to curl after you get some holes punched) it does take some practice because it is a one strike deal to get the punches to be about the same.

-- Jim, Missouri

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