Hidden gun storage

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Project by OregonWoodRat posted 05-08-2015 05:25 PM 5914 views 20 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After almost 20 years of not having a gun my wife and I bought two. So to secure them I opted to conceal rather than a Fort Knox level of security. I made an in the wall strong box that is concealed with a sliding cabinet.

This will keep it safe from small children and teenagers. A determined thief can with enough time get into most safes. I am very pleased with how well it all works. I used a simplex cam lock to secure the lock box. The cabinet slides on 18 inch full extension drawer guides.

The lock box is made from ¾ inch plywood. The cabinet is made from Deodar Cedar. The finish is Tung oil. The pictures of it on the wall was a test fit before the finish was applied. The drawer guides are mounted to a frame that is screwed to the wall. then a piece of wood is screwed to the other half of the rail. The cabinet hangs on a French cleat. So just a couple screws secure it to the drawer guides.

I hope this helps others thinking of doing something similar.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#1 posted 05-08-2015 05:50 PM

Very cool!

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#2 posted 05-08-2015 06:04 PM

Pretty Slick!

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#3 posted 05-08-2015 06:11 PM

Very smart, brilliant idea!

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#4 posted 05-08-2015 07:18 PM

Good idea. Safe and yet easy to get to.
And it looks like you have enough ammo to hold off a band of robbers :-)

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#5 posted 05-08-2015 07:44 PM

Thank you all.
The Ammo is there until I make a better place for it. Most of it is 22LR.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#6 posted 05-08-2015 08:13 PM

If you have to try to open a safe when you need your gun—You probably will never need it again!

Hopefully you never need those in a hurry!

Yours is a much better solution than a safe opening in the dark!

Very nice idea and excellent work!

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#7 posted 05-08-2015 11:38 PM

Very nicely designed and built.

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

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#8 posted 05-09-2015 12:02 AM

That is a very clever design and well executed. Good job!

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#9 posted 05-09-2015 04:34 AM


A great idea!


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#10 posted 05-09-2015 04:44 AM

good idea well done

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#11 posted 05-09-2015 08:31 AM

It ’s cool Hidden gun storage. You have great design to make it.

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#12 posted 05-09-2015 12:31 PM

It’s very creative and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 05-09-2015 01:18 PM

On the topic of home safes for valuables: they don’t provide much protection in case of fire. Not for guns and not for papers. A fire will destroy them beyond recognition in no time.

Clever idea with the sliding cabinet. When I lived in Detroit we went lower tech: hidden compartment behind the toekicks below bathroom and kitchen counters. False fronts held in place with magnets.

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#14 posted 05-10-2015 02:51 AM

Great idea.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 05-14-2015 03:48 AM

Great idea and a clever design.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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