|Project by PurpLev||posted 07-01-2013 12:48 AM||1846 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
After getting into Airsoft (military simulation tactical sport using realistic replicas – look it up) and getting geared up I soon realized I will need a proper cabinet to organize and keep everything in a central and convenient location. I wanted a gun-rack of sorts, but also wanted drawers and additional space for all the extras that come with this sport/hobby and after a recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in NYC the design started to come together based on ye’old secretaries:
The top cabinet is the more familiar gun rack, but with a twist – the doors act as additional storage for magazines, shells, pistols, and the likes (still need to make custom shelves/holders for each of those which will be done in due time). I had the idea of utilizing the doors as additional storage since I saw “The Big Hit” many moons ago where he (Mark W.) has a much larger scale hidden storage cabinet in the garage where the doors act as storage as well (AFAIR). There are still to-dos on the top cabinet like the doors shelves/custom holders, and a proper dividers for the main compartment to keep each rifle in it’s dedicated spot without falling over to the side, but all in all the cabinet came out as expected.
Bottom Cabinet and workbench
The bottom cabinet contains 3 full extension drawers for gear/loadout/clothings/tools/etc. The cabinet itself is deeper than the top cabinet, and to make up for that difference there is a (secretary style) drop down small workbench for working on parts as well as additional storage cubby for holding ammo, cleaning supplies, chargers, and other commonly used equipment that should be at hands reach.
I took 2 days off from work to get this done and the cabinets constructions took just that much. trimming and fittings took another half a day. I didn’t realize this cabinet will be this large. it is over 7’ tall. I designed each component (top cabinet, each drawer) with specific sizings to be able to accommodate things that I need stored, and never really grasped the total overall size this would account for. It is currently in the basement where it just misses the ceiling joists (open ceiling) by 3/4”!!! this is also the reason for the less than perfect pictures environment and backdrops :) so excuse me for that.
Currently unfinished as I want to give this a whirl and see how it functions and may or may not touch up and customize some parts (thinking of possible inlays and some additional trimmings). once I decide it is fully done I will probably give it a waterborne spray treatment of several coats as I want to preserve the white look of the birch/maple which I really like.
Thanks for reading.
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