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Forum topic by Buckeyes85 posted 12-23-2013 03:28 PM 1391 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2013 03:28 PM

I am making my first gun cabinet and the ones I’ve seen the “nests” where the rifle stocks rest are flat. It seems to me that it might helpful to have them sloped to the back to aid gravity in holding the barrel in the upper rest. Looking at guns in racks at a store the rifles seem to be tipped up the edge of the stocks so they stay in the upper rack; why not slope the bottom 5-10 degrees to help that? Would appreciate any thoughts on this. Thank you.

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 05:18 PM

I have done that. Can’t recall the angle, but you can get that easily enough. I remember it was fussy making a template to rout the depressions for the butts. But once you have it, they’re fun.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 09:28 PM

Sorry but those cabinets offer no security against theft. Buy a heavy locker or safe and box it in with cabinetry.

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 10:55 PM

The butt of the rifles should be more toward the front(closer to the door) and the barrels against the back of the cabinet,10° slope sounds about right ,don’t forget to allow enough height inside the cabinet to store rifles with longest barrel you may buy in the future.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 12-23-2013 10:57 PM

Buckeye…I would agree with your desire to put a little “tilt” to the bottom. 10 degrees should be more than enough. Since I plan to build one also, I was thinking about a template that allow for a deeper cut at the rear then realized it is probably easier to machine the ovals flat and add the “tilt” by hand with chisels/dremel/whatever if desired.

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#5 posted 12-23-2013 11:06 PM

You might also consider some small flush-mount magnets to keep the barrels secured, if your design allows for it.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 11:18 PM

I did mine a.little different,

I’ve built it at least 20 years ago and would do it the same way if I had to build another.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 12:21 AM

Thank you to all for the replies so far – very helpful. I’m going to try a prototype and will post the results. The board with the nests is 9” wide and 3/4 thick. I am planning to cut the nests in that all the way through and then glue it to a board that is about 5/8” thick but re-sawed on about a 10 degree angle. I’ll test it on some scrap and post the results.

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#8 posted 12-24-2013 01:33 PM

Here are pics of the prototype. The shape of the nest is intended to model the shape of the tombstone arched doors on the cabinet. they are 1 7/8” wide and i used a 1 1/4” spade bit with the center down 1/4” from the shoulders. for the wedge I took a piece of scrap plywood and set the bandsaw table at an angle that would re-saw it from the lower left corner to the upper right corner of the board. then stacked the two halves. i think this is about 15 degrees.

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#9 posted 12-24-2013 09:23 PM

Sorry to rain on your parade, but …..............

Knothead62 comment #2 is telling you the truth.

I love weapons and for 25 years a had a very large glass door wood cabinet that held (approx) 10 shotguns, a dozen rifles, (some we used regularly and some were “put up” special…..... like my Grandfather’s 30-30 and the Luger my Dad brought home form WWII.

Also had space in half of each glass door to mount about a dozen or so handguns.

A friend of mine got burgled and lost ALL his weaponry.

I had the wood/class case gone in a week and had a pretty good size gun safe bolted to the concrete floor in the basement.

No worries now.

It is a sad situation, cuz I (personally) got a lot of “pleasure” just walking by and seeing the weapons in that wood/glass case. Usually brought back fond memories.

It was always a conversation starter.

But, I do not think it is prudent to do that anymore.

Additionally…........(and, NO I am not some nut-job finding threats everywhere) I have read how weapons stored in ease-to-get-into-gun cases had their weapons used against the owners. I think that is a little out there, but still within the realm of possibility.

I had NEVER stored ammo with the weapons, so that NOW makes me realize I was not threatened with that scenario.

And I absolutely LOVE my Barska Biometric Fingerprint Safe(s).

We have three of them scattered around the places no one would ever look…........and they are there for instant use by me or my wife.

We couldn’t use the fingerprint model as only one of us could access the pistol, so we opted for the finger-pressure numerical sequence model. VERY QUICK and accessible.
I wish

My wife and I both carry. Both are Rugers, but she carries the little LCP Lightweight .380 Pocket Pistol with the Laser (the laser I think would be totally stupid and useless if she ever had to “draw it” but she shoots targets almost perfectly using the laser,so I am glad that gives her confidence.

As for me, I am an ole’ timey special-ops-trained Instinct Shooter, and want (and can easily carry more weight than she can) and I prefer a little more fire-power, so I carry the Ruger LCP in 9mm.

I think IF IF IF you actually hit someone (in real life) either weapon will do the trick.

I also carried the old model Colt .45 for years. Same one I use in ‘Nam.

Still have it…........with several carry holsters of various kinds…........and carry it not-infrequently.

Had more than a little work done on it…......and now it is slick slick slick

Additionally, I have an unloaded shotgun leaning up against the jamb on inside of the front door.

One cannot leave our home without seeing it.

It is a break-open two barrel shotgun…...that has seen better days…........

And I have ammo for it that I can grasp (hidden very high up so not many people can even see the ammo out all….............and little the kids CANNOT get into it), so it is both a message and a protection item.

Mostly….....I like the message it sends.

I wish you the best experience possible with your case.

And, I hope you never have any security problems with all those weapons being on display.

I DO THINK totally “hiding” the contents from view… you are doing… a VERY smart way to go about it…........if you are committed to going that way.

And, as Knothead62 said, building cabinetry around a safe would be a great way to go.

Best to Ya….............Bruce.

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#10 posted 12-24-2013 11:17 PM

I built my gun cabinet (quite a few years ago) with a sloped floor and no guide blocks on the bottom. It’s 4’ wide, with a stack of shelves up the right side for standard US Army ammo boxes.

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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