Gun Safe Mantel Clock

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Project by Fridgecritter posted 08-15-2014 05:48 PM 3234 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve seen a lot of these online, but most of them looked like cheap pine models with thin wood. This one has a Maple body, Walnut decorative piece in the front and Cocobolo keystone on top.

I tried using a large forstner bit to drill the hole for the clock but my cheap Ryobi drill press didn’t have the guts to do it, so I thought of the keystone feature on top which allowed me to just cut the hole on the bandsaw. I was going to give up and drill and hole, cut with jigsaw but I thought it would look better with the keystone accent.

I like the contrast in colors of the wood, and I finished it with just some butcherblock conditioner (bees wax and mineral oil mixture). It will fit a full sized handgun with holster. The clock insert I ordered from eBay because I wanted Roman numerals and not the Arabic. I used a cabinet pressure latch to keep it closed.

This one went to Arizona to an auction to be sold for charity.

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 08:44 PM

Very well constructed and finished
Brilliant choice of contrasting timber
Got to acknowledge the thinking on the clock insert hole as well a great idea and result
Mind you you pushing a big forstner bit there

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 08-15-2014 08:54 PM

Cool project. I’ve often thought, the best place to hide something is in plain sight.

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#3 posted 08-15-2014 11:28 PM

Looks good … only thing I would do differently is hinge the back. The hinges on the front is a “giveaway” that it opens to hold “something”.

If they didn’t see the hinges, they might just walk by it. If they see the hinges, they’re gonna want to open it up and take a peek.

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#4 posted 08-16-2014 12:55 AM

Never seen one. I like it. Beats the cupboard.

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#5 posted 08-16-2014 01:23 AM

That is really cool. Love the design and the keyhole you came up with to solve your problem is really cool. Here is a link that you may find helpful to order clock stuff. Great folks to deal with and have something to fit every budget. Great job

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#6 posted 08-16-2014 01:33 AM

Nice. But there can be only one fridge…

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#7 posted 08-16-2014 12:12 PM

That’s really cool. hopefully you didn’t send it to auction with the gun in it!

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#8 posted 08-16-2014 03:26 PM

Nope. Need to hold onto that for a while. Thanks all for the comments.

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