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Classic pie safe easy to build

By DON and DAVE RUNYAN Special to the Times
Published January 27, 2007


Back when baking meant chopping wood for the stove and an "ice box" was literally that, almost every kitchen had a pie safe. A simple, free-standing cabinet, a pie safe held baked goods behind punched-tin panels that allowed air to circulate while keeping pests away.

Today pie safes, like wood-fired stoves and oak ice boxes, have become sought-after antiques. They often have elaborate and whimsical designs punched in the tin panels of their doors, a feature that has elevated these humble objects to folk-art status.

This version of a classic pie safe has three shelves behind a single door, and its convenient size and simple styling make it a good match for almost any decor.

The project offers simple construction techniques and full-size patterns. The plan includes two traceable designs for the punched-tin panels, but original designs are a popular option.

The pie safe measures about 40 inches tall by 21 inches wide by 13 inches deep.

The Pie Safe plan, No. 886, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step directions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions. The plan also includes a mail-order source for tin blanks.

A package of oak ice box projects, No. C58, is $21.95 and includes three other plans. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $2. Please include $4 for postage and handling (except catalog-only orders) and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o St. Petersburg Times, 15241 Stagg St., Van Nuys, CA 91405. To order by credit card, call 1-800-828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the Web at

[Last modified January 26, 2007, 21:17:11]

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