Safe cabinet

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Project by BTimmons posted 749 days ago 1713 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My parents’ house was robbed a while back by a jewelry thief, so they have since installed a security system and I built a cabinet for a safe in their garage. I know it isn’t exactly Fort Knox, but it will at least slow anyone down if they try to get into it.

The safe is bolted to runners that are lag bolted into concrete, and I built a frame around that as well. It’s framed with pine 2×4s and the outer shell is maple plywood. The face frame is done with pocket screws, and lots of other countersunk screws all over the place to tighten things up. Once it’s painted it’ll look just like a garage cabinet for storing tools or whatnot. The most exacting part was definitely the door, and making sure that there’s enough room for the interior drawer to pull out.

-- Brian Timmons -

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Don W

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#1 posted 749 days ago

Its good you didn’t actually show the booby trap.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 749 days ago

Ha! However, I did replace the door frame that they kicked in. Traded old pine for solid oak reinforced with steel all across the frame. Anyone that tries to kick in that door again is going to the hospital with a broken foot.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 749 days ago

now see, your not suppose to give those secrets away.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 749 days ago

Good idea! I have something similar. I subscribe to the “security though obscurity” methodology. If someone see’s a safe, it is a good assumption that there is something very valuable in it.


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#5 posted 748 days ago

I put mine in in the floor under a cabinet bottom. It a pain to empty out the cabinet to get to it, but, I maybe only open it 2 or 3 times a year.

-- Richard

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#6 posted 748 days ago

Very interesting.

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