Tacticab - A Tactical Cabinet

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Project by PurpLev posted 07-01-2013 12:48 AM 3753 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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:

Top Cabinet:
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.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 01:59 AM

Wow, quite an undertaking. (Translation: “This ain’t no pen holder!) Nice job Sharon. It has crisp lines and a very professional look about it.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 02:00 AM

very nice cabinet,great work and functional design.i’ll have to look up airsoft,to see what its all about.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 02:01 AM

Great looking cabinet, Sharon! And all this time I had you figured for a peacenik. :-)

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

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 02:15 AM

ha. thanks!

yes, it is a bit larger in scale than the rest of my current project sizes – simply don’t have time to devote to being in the shop for a long period of time – hence my taking days off from work (have to use them or I lose them). it has most definitely been a condensed and intense project, but a fun one mostly.

Charlie – I am not a peacenik – just a keeper of the peace – mild difference…. mild….(in all seriousness though -I will avoid a fight and will always try to find an alternative, but if all else fails – I’ll be ready for what’s coming)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 10:56 AM

Really cool cabinet, Sharon. I love the simple birch/maple look.
However… I don’t think you’ll be protecting much with airsoft… maybe the entire world should be equipped with them instead of real guns!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 12:59 PM

Thanks Ellen.

Yes, if only everyone would just use airsoft – I’m definitely up for that.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 01:47 PM

Nice work…..I’m not into Airsoft, but I would use that cabinet in my shop all day long. As usual, well thought out and well executed.

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 03:33 PM

Nice cabinet it does have nice lines and will accommodate your needs!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#9 posted 07-01-2013 03:34 PM

Nice and clean looking cabinet Purp. Great job.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 07-01-2013 04:41 PM

Fantastic cabinet… Certainly a top method for storing your Airsoft gear… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#11 posted 07-01-2013 04:48 PM

Sharon, you’ve done this cabinet very nicely and it will serve you well after you get all of your equipment in it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 07-01-2013 08:00 PM

The display of craftsmanship and attention to detail is amazing! Way to go.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#13 posted 07-02-2013 01:04 AM

Nice work! Shouldn’t the gun tips be orange? I wouldn’t want Barney Fife getting confused.

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#14 posted 07-02-2013 01:26 AM

Thank you.

And as for the orange tips, they are mandatory when shipping and a good idea when transporting/carrying these out in the open – but then again, even with orange tips they aren’t the best thing to be carrying around just like that. I transport these in a proper case just like any real steal equivalent in which case the orange tips are not required.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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