Bar - Gun Cabinet - Hidden Room

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Project by ND2ELK posted 03-27-2008 07:30 AM 28584 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did these cabinets a few years back. A gentleman wanted a bar built into a double closet in his rec-room. He also wanted a gun cabinet built in the same area. There was a door way on the same wall as the bar for a walk in closet. I came up with the idea of building the gun cabinet into this door way. The gun cabinet sides were angled and it was hinged in such away that the hinges could not be seen from the outside. In order to get into the hidden room you had to open the gun cabinet and pull a hidden latch. The man kept his wifes good jewelry, extra cash, coin collection and other valuables in the hidden room. When he went on vacation he would put his guns in there for safe keeping while he was gone. What was really neat about this job was that they were robbed a year later after putting in the hidden room and the crooks did not get anything of great value! He called me up and thanked me for talking him into putting in the hidden room.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 03-27-2008 07:42 AM

Those are some nice cabinets! I like the built in gun cabinet.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-27-2008 11:21 AM

The cabinets are beautiful. I love the floor to ceiling wall paneling as I am a firm believer that you can’t put too much wood into a house.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-27-2008 11:29 AM

Nice story!


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#4 posted 03-27-2008 12:01 PM

great looking bar . ive been known to build in hidden spaces sometimes also . i like the idea . great job !

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#5 posted 03-27-2008 02:16 PM

that’s awesome, I love when people add secret rooms.
I so want one!

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#6 posted 03-27-2008 02:53 PM

Outstanding Project – craftsmanship and attention to detail are fantastic – Ingenious idea for the “safe room” – keep both guns and valuables away from the “bad guys”!

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#7 posted 03-27-2008 03:00 PM

Being from the south, nothing goes together for me like bars and guns! <grin>

(Just kidding… really nice work.)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 03-27-2008 03:43 PM

As always, a creative project expertly executed with flawless results. I like the tray you put in the back of the bar top. Good story,
thanks for sharing this project with us.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 03-27-2008 04:04 PM

This is a fantastic job. I thank you too!!!! It means one mor unhappy thief. Good job ! I love secret
hide-aways !

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#10 posted 03-27-2008 05:08 PM

Really nice! Thx for sharin

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#11 posted 03-27-2008 07:37 PM

awesome looking project and a great story too. Thanks

-- Hope Never fails

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#12 posted 03-27-2008 11:56 PM

I could use a hidden room, definetly if it had those cabinets, nice work

-- Stuart, North Dakota

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#13 posted 03-28-2008 03:56 AM

Ooooo, soo smooth!
VERY pretty ( yeah, a guy said that, so what!)
Having put “seamless” finish grade burch up in my house in the office, down the hall and to the latter half of the living room, I really, really dig all that wood action! You’ve created an absolutely artistic little niche for entertaining. Aside from all that, the Gun cabinet is a very nice touch; is there a light in it down below or up above for a nice ambient night light glow? The idea for the hidden room was ingenious! Especially to have stuck it in behind the gun cabinet, usually one would expect to find that behind a book case or the like… here, though, the downstairs bathroom vanity with an attached mirror isn’t even attached to the wall. Some of our friends have almost “complained” about how since we like to get the most out of a space, why does our downstairs bathroom have so much open floor space…? A Great job by an obvious master craftsman.

-- Sometimes my wife wishes that she was a block of wood... ;-)

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#14 posted 03-28-2008 10:38 AM

Beautiful! That is some fine workmanship. That hidden room really paid off.

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#15 posted 03-28-2008 06:15 PM

Very nice… great story.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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