Assembling The Safe

Shaker Pie Safe Woodworking Plans

A ledger strip is fastened to the back bottom rail of a pie safe. Once strips have been attached to all four bottom rails, the bottom panel will be screwed to the top edge of the strips.

Once all the floating panels are ready, it is time to glue the frames together. Start by fitting the panels into their frames, as shown below, then glue up the rails and stiles, forming the sides of the cabinet (page 98). The next step involves installing the back panel on the frame (page 99).

The pie safe featured in this chapter includes two of the few decorative touches found in Shaker furniture: crown molding and cockbeading around the inside edges of the door openings in the front frame. The molding provides a smooth visual transition from the front and sides to the top of the safe. Although molding might appear to be an extraneous embellishment, the restrained, unadorned design shown is entirely in keeping with the Shaker ideals of simplicity and harmony.

A ledger strip is fastened to the back bottom rail of a pie safe. Once strips have been attached to all four bottom rails, the bottom panel will be screwed to the top edge of the strips.

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