|Project by johnzo||posted 01-26-2015 08:11 PM||2062 views||29 times favorited||12 comments|
As the grandfather of quite a few inquisitive grandkids and a responsible pistol owner, I’ve been searching for a kid-proof and yet instant access safebox for my gun. I’ve looked at all the biometric pistol safes, but didn’t want to bother with batteries or complexity. I also wanted it to be permanently attached to a heavy piece of real estate just in case an intruder found it and tried to steal it. After seeing what some LJ members have conceived, I came up with a safebox that I’m totally comfortable with.
It is bolted to the back of a bedroom dresser that I built a few months ago and it’s hinged door is actuated by 3
rare earth magnets that are glued into a wooden plaque. I mounted a canoe to the plaque so that it looks like a dresser top display decoration.
When I want to access my pistol, I simply place the plaque squarely onto the top of the box which is out-of-sight, behind the dresser. The 3 magnets align with 3 ferrous slugs which were engaged into 3 holes in the door. The slugs are attracted to the magnets and the door is free to open. I made the box and plaque out of maple and used glued dowels for all joints. I then lined the box with adhesive backed felt for protecting the pistol finish. I’ve made about a half dozen so far that I’ve given away to gun toting friends and family members. So far the safeboxes have been very reliable and thank god – kid safe!
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