Kids lockable Gun rack

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Project by Mijohnst posted 04-28-2021 02:28 PM 925 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our son is a gun nut and so we bought him his first .22 for his birthday. I knew this was going to be a great father-son project, and it was. And yes, I had some bad dad moments where he wasn’t wearing eye protection and mask and I didn’t notice. Bad Dad! Bad Dad! Other than these few pictures, he was wearing his Dewalt eye protection most of the time.

We didn’t have one plan to follow other than taking the measurements of different ones that I found on the internet and here. I just combined them into what we liked. We wanted a security bar that locked with the cabinet door. We added a top shelf just because why not. I ordered a 1/2 roto-Hinge for the security bar for $5 online and a set of Blum 110 degree cabinet hinges for the cabinet door. On the backside, I installed 1-inch Mortise Type Metal Keyhole Hangers because I wanted it to sit flush with the wall. I considered a french cleat but I didn’t want the 1/8 gap to the wall. We used a black backing with his name cut out because I thought it looked better than just showing the wall behind the rack. It’s amazing what you can buy on Esty for $20. I hope when he’s as old as I am, he’ll look at this and remember what a great time we had and all he learned.

Our only regret is that we made it out of poplar instead of a hardwood like oak. I hate how the stain came out, especially having to use different cuts of lumber. We had to re-sand a few times to try to get the stain right, but it just didn’t come out as I wanted. Lesson learned…even though lumber is crazy expensive right now, it’s worth paying more to get what you want.

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#1 posted 04-28-2021 03:54 PM

Nice job, and even a space for the 20 gauge and a 30-30?
You know if it was all perfect a machine probable made it :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 04-28-2021 05:28 PM

Looks like a well designed project, great that the two of you could work on it together!

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#3 posted 04-28-2021 06:48 PM

that’s phenomenal

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#4 posted 04-28-2021 07:49 PM

Very nicely designed and executed as well.

There is a special joy in using your own modification’s and seeing it come the way you wanted it!

Patterns are like food recipes—a PLACE to start from.

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#5 posted 04-28-2021 10:56 PM

Great looking gun rack. To me it looks great. Nothing wrong with popular in my opinion.
And btw we aren’t “gun nuts” we are freedom loving second amendment enthusiasts.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#6 posted 04-29-2021 12:05 AM

That’s a great looking father and son project.

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#7 posted 04-29-2021 01:39 AM


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#8 posted 04-29-2021 12:54 PM

Great build together, nice project.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#9 posted 04-29-2021 08:48 PM

Thank you all for the kind wods. Proves that woodworkers are the best kind of people. :)

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#10 posted 04-30-2021 01:38 AM

Nice job! The best time in my shop is time spent with my son. He just walked into my office while I was looking at your project and said “Hey that was made for me”!

My Cooper is 18 years old just last week. I’ve had him work with me a few times but I don’t think at 18 he really wants to hang with Dad.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#11 posted 04-30-2021 02:46 PM

Tell Cooper that it is for him! ha! Mine son is the same. I think he’s enjoyed working on this but he’s more interested in gaming and nurf war right now. I bet your Cooper will come back around to it when he’s getting. That always seems to be the way it goes. :)

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