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Forum topic by ILLBuilder posted 09-16-2009 11:02 PM 1110 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2009 11:02 PM

First post here!!!!

I am trying to plan a false faced bookshelf to hide a 10 rifle gun case. I was wondering if any of you old timers have had experience or have any good design ideas for a hinge system I could use. I am planning on using some form of oak hopefully. I have most of the size requirements already thought out but the idea of having an out swinging false face with shelves is racking my brain. Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

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#1 posted 09-16-2009 11:44 PM

...just had an idea and it most likely won’t work but… What about heavy duty full length slides that concealed on the inside and then the shelf unit could be pulled out 24 plus inches away from the back case for access…

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#2 posted 09-16-2009 11:54 PM

Is it a built in unit or free standing? Piano hinges would be my guess. Maybe a pivot hinge if it is built in.

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#3 posted 09-17-2009 12:42 AM

Ive actully thought about this one b4, for myself but never did it.
Try looking a soss hinges, totally concelled and work good . also look at a rev-a-lock , its a totally concelled latch that is operated by a strong magnet, look at revashelf to see the latch.

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#4 posted 09-17-2009 01:28 AM

I seem to remember someone on this site hiding a wine cellar their dinning room that worked really well. Try doing a search for that. (Sorry I’m not more help, but I’ll do a little digging after putting the kids to bed…) Also check hardware just to get some ideas. Something might occur to you…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#5 posted 09-17-2009 01:52 AM

this is a quick drawing I did in sketchup… actually it is pretty horrible, but I just drew it to get my idea across…

Basically build a bookshelf with a sliding cabinet behind it that will slide out to access your weapons. You could put small locking drawers in the bottom to house your ammo, and your rifles can go up top in a rack. Slide it closed and use a push latch to prevent yourself from having to use visible hardware. Maybe put a lock in the top of the bookcase to prevent little hands from discovering the hiding spot.

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#6 posted 09-17-2009 07:21 PM

Thanks for all the great ideas fellas! I am much more confident in this project now. I really your idea Interpim. I will do a little more drawing with these new ideas…....hopefully this will be the first thing I post in my projects. Thanks again guys, this place is awesome and full of great advice.

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#7 posted 09-17-2009 08:12 PM

i agree with Interpim! i have built several things like that in the past… not for guns but similar! heavy duty full extensions drawer slides work great for that concept… there is also other hardware out there for that but it can be expensive!
goood luck!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#8 posted 09-18-2009 02:22 AM

I’ve done a similar design as Interpim did in his drawing. It works great with HD full extension slides and it’s coming out from the side. (don’t have to worry about tilting).

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#9 posted 09-18-2009 05:41 PM

I’ve seen a pivoting false front bookcase that had heavy duty hinges on one side, and a caster on the other that rolled across the wood floor. It supported the weight and made the swing easy.

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