Gun safe puzzle chest

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Project by Cedar Furniture Lodge posted 06-07-2014 06:07 AM 8093 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was approached a few weeks back by a customer about building a gun chest. The customer requested it to be made from cedar, and instead of a visible latch, he wanted it to be a hidden latch and drawers. He requested no progress pictures and he does not want me to show him how to open it, he wants to see if he can figure it out. This project was a lot of fun! The chest is 26” wide 4’ 6” long 22” tall and weighs about 150lbs and holds five long guns. We took a piece of top trim and made it removable but not so you can notice, we even put dummy screws in it to look like it’s screwed to the box. That trim has a piece of 5/8 dowel that go’s through the side and to a block that is attached to the bottom of the lid. Once you open the lid there are two dowels that go through the sub floor to the locking blocks of the drawers, that what locks the drawers so you cant open them. you just pull up on the dowels and it releases the drawers. Like I said a lot of fun and I have had several people try to figure it out and no one has yet, can’t wait for the customer to try.
06-07-14 Update; The customer came to p/u the chest and was amazed! I love happy customers, he could not figure out how to open it.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#1 posted 06-07-2014 06:20 AM

VERY INGENIOUS Todd. That wood is spectacular and I love the finish.
Let us know what your customer thinks.



-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 06-07-2014 06:43 AM

Awesome work Todd. Great looking piece.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 06-07-2014 09:08 AM

Hello Todd, a project of great talent, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#4 posted 06-07-2014 02:37 PM

beautiful piece as always todd.sounds like a lot of thought went into the locking mechanism,very clever.i’m sure the customer is gonna love it!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 06-07-2014 03:34 PM

Wow, what a neat idea, and very well executed.

-- Semper Fi BDA

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#6 posted 06-07-2014 03:45 PM

Awesome job buddy. LOVE it!!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 06-07-2014 06:40 PM

No one will be the wiser! To anyone that visits, it’ll just look like Grandma’s old hope chest full of quilts and blankets sitting there!

Very nice!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Cedar Furniture Lodge

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#8 posted 06-07-2014 11:02 PM

Thank you every one for all your kind words.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#9 posted 06-08-2014 12:43 AM

Todd, This is one of my all time favorites! The wood and finish are beautiful but the hidden lock design is masterful. I would love to figure out how you did this one.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 06-08-2014 04:02 AM

Any chance of a video and how it works?

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#11 posted 06-08-2014 06:17 AM

Very Nice Work Todd. Well Done! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#12 posted 06-08-2014 10:21 PM

Very nice chest and good idea for hidden locking!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 06-09-2014 10:51 AM

Rather unique piece of furniture or wood crafting, however you want to describe it. But, it is not theft-proof. For a determined thief, the hidden lock would only delay them a couple of minutes. You would find a bunch of splinters on the floor. It might be seen as a piece of furniture but curiosity would make them think, “What is in it that it needs to be locked?” A heavy steel locker or gun safe is the only way to go.

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#14 posted 06-09-2014 06:13 PM

I am guessing those pictures were meant to give hints on as to how to open it. If its what I think its hidden well.

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#15 posted 06-11-2014 01:24 AM

Oh yes yes yes!!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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