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12-18-2014 02:09 AM

So, I haven’t posted in a little while but I still visit every day and read up on a lot of things. I’m still very new to everything, and have had some changes with work and whatnot, so haven’t had a whole lot of time lately. However, my life is about to be simplified a bit (thank goodness), so I am ready to take on some projects soon, or at least look into plans.

I am getting some cedar milled up next week (from trees 14-18”), some into live edge for my cedar coffee table(s) and I think I want some milled up into dimensional lumber to make myself a cedar gun cabinet. I figure its time to create a good place to store them all.

So, does anyone have a free plan or know of any members who have done such a thing? I want to keep that rustic cedar look as well. Thanks!

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.


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#1 posted 12-18-2014 03:00 AM

No plans here, but check out Monte’s gun cabinets. Seem to fit your live edge motif. Monte builds with beetle killed pine, but I believe it would look good in ERC. Monte is a friend of mine and I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if you copied.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/102623

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 03:29 AM

Wow, yea that’s definitely my style. I really like everything he does. Is he from our area?

Also, when the time comes, I will need help with the glass. I haven’t a clue how to lay glass into grooves like that. Or rather I should say, I don’t know how to make the grooves.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#3 posted 12-18-2014 03:43 AM

Not exactly, Monte lives in South Dakota.
Typically you don’t want to put glass into a groove, but rather a rabbet where the glass is laid in there and then a piece or retainer clips are put in behind the glass to hold it in. This is in case the glass breaks and needs to be replaced. Think of an old wooden window.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 12-18-2014 03:48 AM

Oh ok gotcha. I think I can envision that. I guess I don’t really need a plan per se, but it might help guide me. Can you tell what dimensions his main carcass is made of? Iwas thinking 1×6’s or 8’s.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#5 posted 12-18-2014 03:56 AM

The back is definitely 1×8 or so. The sides it’s hard to tell. He mills all of his own lumber and a lot of it is very wide, but I would say the sides are 1×12’s and he says it is 24” deep. I can ask him or direct him here.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 12-18-2014 04:18 AM

Yea sure bring him on over. I guess buiscuits are the way to join 1” lumber? Or is dowelling still doable?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#7 posted 12-18-2014 06:55 AM

If you mean edge joining to make a panel, nothing but a good straight jointing pass. Some like the middle hollowed out a few thousandths to pull the ends together. Biscuits or dowels add nothing for panels.

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#8 posted 12-19-2014 01:21 AM

Yea, like taking say, 4 1X8’s and forming a flat panel with them. Or a tabletop for that matter. Can you explain that a bit further please?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#9 posted 12-22-2014 03:42 AM

Going to the mill tomorrow with these and another one that is thicker. I think I will live edge them all, two of the logs 4/4 and one of them 8/4. Then, resaw them later. The thicker one is going to be for coffee table(s).

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#10 posted 12-22-2014 05:48 AM

Joint he edges of the boards and edge glue them. I use clamping cauls to make the glued panel flat as possible, and various clamps to pull the boards together. Does that answer your question?

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#11 posted 12-23-2014 06:38 PM

Make sure the cabinet is tall enough…
I built one and my model 12 shotgun was too long. I ended up drilling a hole in the top of the cabinet.
You couldn’t see the barrel sticking out when looking at it though.

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#12 posted 12-23-2014 08:02 PM

I built mine from a plan out of a”Popular Mechanics ” If you search for it I’m sure it will come up. Not quite that style, but you can change just use the basic plan. Hers the link. http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/woodworking/1273026

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#13 posted 12-24-2014 05:57 AM

Thanks for the tips guys. Greatly appreciated. I’ll take a look at that plan. How tall is yours gentile?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#14 posted 12-24-2014 09:22 PM

Missouri-
It was 4’ tall the shot gun is about 3 or 4 inches taller…
Overall height was about 5’ with drawers on the bottom…
I gave it away as I came up with a different system.
I’ll track down a photo…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#15 posted 12-24-2014 09:59 PM

Here’s a couple of pictures, very poor quality…
It should give you an idea though
I built the cabinet to sit on a short dresser.
One thing is that, it got too small…
Sorry they are sideways can’t figure that out…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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