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19th Century Hand Made Pine Pie Safe with Punched Tin Door Panels

comments (6) May 20th, 2012 in Reader's Gallery

thepocketbookguy thepocketbookguy, member
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This is my design of a 19th Century Pie Safe that was built in Laurens County Georgia in the 1840's. Completely built by hand from reclaimed Southern Yellow Pine it's dimensions are:

Height: 49"
Width: 34"
Depth: 19"

All of the wood is hand planed using old stanley #5 jackplane for bringing to rough thickness # 4 for smoothing and a #7 for jointing. The door panels are antique copper with a fireworks design. The 3 fixed interior shelves are a full 17". The top is made from 200 year old reclaimed pine and is finished with boiled linseed oil to show it's natural grain then finished with hand rubbed shellac. Inside is painted with Olympic buttercream semi gloss paint. The sides & doors are also oiled then hand rubbed and finished with shellac. The back is 1/2" pine hand cut panels then ship lapped and nailed on to the cabinet with replica nails of the period.

Design or Plan used: My own design

posted in: Reader's Gallery, pine, tenons, rustic, shellac, cupboard, oil

Comments (6)

gstilwell gstilwell writes: The more I look at this, the more I want to build one. I do have some antique Pine from an old Ohio barn, but not enough-can get more. Could you please provide a cut list? I would really like to duplicate what you've done here. Any other instructuions would be greatly appreciated. My set of Stanley planes are sharp and ready to go.--
Posted: 9:28 pm on September 12th

gstilwell gstilwell writes: this thing is beautiful!! Nice to see someone really appreciates the finer art of working with hand tools
Posted: 9:17 pm on September 12th

thepocketbookguy thepocketbookguy writes: Joe,

I used 3" hand hammered H hinges
Posted: 11:53 am on May 23rd

Joe Scannell Joe Scannell writes: Beautiful piece. I've had one on the drawing board for some time - still waiting for the round toit. In terms of period authenticity, what did you use for hinges?
Posted: 9:57 am on May 23rd

thepocketbookguy thepocketbookguy writes: Not so good at making pies unless they have pizza infront of them!
Posted: 8:17 am on May 21st

stoptheinsanity stoptheinsanity writes: Really nice work especially as it is a hand made replica. What about the pies? Are they worthy of this piece?
Posted: 5:41 pm on May 20th

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