Entertainment Center with Hidden Gun Storage

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Project by Michael posted 03-22-2015 01:00 PM 3086 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one had been in the planning stage for about a year. My initial drawing had Jan 2014 on the top and I just started cutting wood for this in February this year. I only keep a few guns in the house but grew tired of dust gathering in the scope, hiding them under beds, behind clothes etc and needed a secure yet secret way to store them. Top to bottom-the top is walnut with white oak center and an American chestnut inlay. You can see the dovetail splices on the ends.
Middle portion is typical rail and stile construction with 5/16 dowels, same for the sides. Doors and drawer faces are all half laps with the walnut cores slapped into a 3/8 dado in the back. Approximate WxHxD of 60” x 34” x 20”. Topped off with four coats of Deft water based poly, highly recommend but you must be patient.
Gun drawer is 50” x 4.5” x 16”. At some point I will add a stacking provision to have two scoped rifles in the bottom and two shotguns on top of them. I’ll have to wait until I have about $1K to buy that Browning A5
Woods used: red and white oak, hard maple on the back, black walnut, cedar wedges in the through tennons, american chestnut, poplar

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-22-2015 01:22 PM

Beautiful piece. Love the design.

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

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#2 posted 03-22-2015 01:48 PM

beautiful work looks like mine.

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#3 posted 03-22-2015 02:32 PM

Nice. Is there anything to keep the gun drawer closed? Or is it just a drawer that pulls open? Any concerns for kids finding the guns?

-- tel

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DeLayne Peck

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#4 posted 03-22-2015 06:44 PM

Tremendous amount of top quality work. Excellent!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#5 posted 03-22-2015 07:30 PM

we know secret now

-- Gintaras,

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#6 posted 03-23-2015 12:43 PM

Gittyup, yes I do have that concern although there won’t be any kids here until mid summer that I’m aware of. I found a pin keyed lock that will work well for this but I’ll have to order it and weld an extension on it.

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#7 posted 03-23-2015 01:57 PM

This is a very nice and practical project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 03-23-2015 03:05 PM

Very nicely done and most attractive.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 03-23-2015 03:55 PM

Outstanding project. I like your choice of two colours of woods. Small windows/doors are so magnificant.
High five for hidden gun storage!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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