Sconce Table with hidden gun storage v2

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Project by OregonWoodRat posted 07-15-2016 06:12 PM 2038 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a blog post where a man showed several pictures of a table he built to hide his gun. I have since been unable to find it again so I cannot give it as a reference. My first one was made like this man had made his with the release on the top. I have since changed the release to a horizontal latch. To release it you just push the dowel on the left side in and the center releases. The latch is a piece of metal bent to form a hook and a bit of plumbing strap bent to make a catch. There is a spring on the dowel and one at the bottom of the center part to help push the center arm out. There is no way to grab the center part to force it out so the spring and tension on the center arm needs to be enough to move it.

There are other dummy dowels on each side so to not make the latch dowel obvious.

I built it to accommodate my M&P full size. My first version was built to fit a SW 642 or M&P Shield. It is designed to hang on the wall by using a cleat. I put one screw on the very bottom to keep it from being lifted off the wall.

The table is made from Deodar Cedar and Old growth pine for the back. The stand is from Pine that I found free next to the road.

The top is 23 inches wide and about 13 inches deep and 1.25 inches thick. The lower part is 16 inches tall and about 4 inches wide. The backsplash is about 3 inches tall.

I built a stand so I can hang it and move it to other places to see how it looks or temporarily. The cleat on the stand is adjustable so I can easily change the height.

The finish is Minwax Polyurethane.
It is very important to note that this is not a gun safe.
It is designed to conceal not secure. Hide in plain sight. With this in my bedroom no one would think too much of it.

When I find time I will post put up my first build of the table.

I put this up to help others generate an idea for concealed storage. I would like to see someone else build one to see what someone would come up with. The latch might not be very fancy but it does work.

Please let me know if there is anything I need to clarify.

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

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#1 posted 07-15-2016 10:46 PM

With this in my bedroom no one would think too much of it.
- OregonWoodRat

One would probably think “what the hell is that?”

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#2 posted 07-16-2016 01:36 PM

Wow. That thing is slicker than wet cat poop !

VERY cool !

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#3 posted 07-16-2016 01:48 PM


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#4 posted 07-16-2016 05:10 PM

I love secret compartments! Very ingenious use of a spring catch. I can see this design being easily adapted to hold other things (jewelry, cash, spare keys, etc.). But I have to ask the obvious question – Did you make a matching one to hold the ammo?

Thanks for posting

-- Leafherder

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