|Project by Tyler||posted 08-05-2012 04:57 AM||3200 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
About a month ago, my best friend asked, “Ty, how hard would it be to make a gun cabinet,” to which I replied “Probably not that bad.” Now I don’t think it was necessarily hard, but boy, did I learn a lot. This is a solid cherry ten-gun cabinet that I designed and built from scratch, using only a few preliminary measurements from our own gun cabinet. It is probably my biggest project so far, and I think it came out alright for a prototype.
My first lesson learned was in squaring out the rough-cut lumber; use the JOINTER first, then the planer haha. This was also the first time I used a biscuit cutter between the boards I was gluing together to make the tops, sides, etc. I also learned to use the face clamp you can get with the Kreg jig to keep your pocket-hole joints nice and flush. I used the Kreg jig to assemble the face frame and to attach the top sides to the face frame. After I got the body together, I went to work on the drawers, another first for me. After a look at the assembled drawers, a family friend pointed out that because of the drawers’ deepness, things would just get piled in there, so I added the sliding shelf in each drawer (picture 5) to try to keep it organized. I figured the bottom of the drawer would be perfect for ammo storage, and the slider would be good for smaller things like calls. So after all that, I had to educate myself on the selection and installation of drawer slides; this went relatively smooth. My next seemingly daunting task was the six concealed hinges I needed in those big doors… BUM BUM BUMMMM. They turned out to be probably the easiest part of the project haha. After installing the door knobs, pulls, and locks, I went to work with that crown moulding (picture 6). I ended up gluing together two pieces of wood with a Roman ogee edge, and actually liked how it looked in the end.
After putting a darkish stain on all the cherry, I finished it with four coats of brush-on lacquer and a good hand waxing over the whole thing. Critiques and comments welcome… thanks for looking!
-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"