You'll need a biscuit joiner, a tablesaw set, a router with a 3/8-in. rabbeting bit and a jigsaw to complete this project. With the exception of the drawer bottoms and back, the whole cabinet is made of solid cherry. One of the tricks to using cherry is to be fussy about your lumber. The color of cherry can vary greatly (that's why it's often stained dark by manufacturers). Select boards with uniform color or ask that the wood you order come from a single tree.
We spent about $800 on this pie safe. You can shave off some of that cost, (as much as $180), by punching your own tin (see sidebar on p. 77). Now, let's head for the shop.
ART DIRECTION: JOEL SPIES • PHOTOGRAPHY: BILL ZUEHLKE • ILLUSTRATION: EUGENE THOMPSON
FIG. A Cherry Pie Safe Exploded View
OVERSIZE CLEARANCE HOLE -v.
5/16" DIA, HOLE
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