Under bed gun storage

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Project by Greg S posted 05-11-2013 07:38 PM 26176 views 15 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needed a way to a.) store firearms in a hidden place, b.) make it impossible for small children to get to the guns with a key, c.) make the storage box small enough to go under a bed and d.) make access to home defense quick and simple.

I used what I had – ash and quartersawn, spalted Sycamore. This lumber started off as trees on my own property that I cut down and took to a sawmill. Very challenging as this was done with air dried lumber vs. kiln dried. Who am I kidding… “very challenging”? I struggled significantly with lumber movement. However, I felt the beauty of the Sycamore was worth the aggravation. When quartersawn, it has a snake skin look and the spalted nature of the tree I used gives it even more character. All the mouldings on the outside were custom made the combination of ash and Sycamore. Top is a very rudimentary Sycamore inlay in the ash.

The box opens only via an electronic pin code lock on the side panel. The reason I did this is so that even if a small child found a key, they couldn’t get into this box since there is no keyed lock. Reason #2 is so that if there is a home invasion, it makes getting to home defense much faster (no fumbling with a key, and no need to pull the box out from under the bed). You’ll see 2 tip outs I made so that pulling a shotgun out of the side panel is made much easier. Once the side panel is opened, you can reach up inside and turn 2 wooden “locks” to allow the top to open up (you’ll see a photo of this too). Again… the only way to open the box is if you know the PIN code.

Hope you enjoy – thanks for all the inspiration out there, everyone! Many of you make it look easy! Now then… what’s next? :-)

-- It's only wood

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#1 posted 05-11-2013 07:48 PM

Wow. That’s a beautiful box. And handy too!

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#2 posted 05-11-2013 08:09 PM

Looks great nice work.


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#3 posted 05-11-2013 08:51 PM

Boy O Boy Greg, that’s a hell of a lot nicer looking then the old plastic case I have under the bed ! haha
I think something along those lines is going to have to go on the old to-do list.
Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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#4 posted 05-11-2013 09:23 PM

Very nice; too bad it’s normally hidden from view.

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#5 posted 05-11-2013 09:43 PM

Looks awesome. What are the dimentions?

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#6 posted 05-11-2013 11:22 PM

Incredible… I go for the .40 in a pin activated lock box by the bed expecting that’s good until I open the safe… Awesome work, a thing of beauty!! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#7 posted 05-11-2013 11:23 PM

Nice design, nice build. Good job on this project.

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#8 posted 05-12-2013 12:46 AM

Very nicely designed, constructed and with beautiful wood.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 05-12-2013 01:01 AM

very nice. now all you have to do is fill it up with guns and ammo. maybe an AR15 witha custom wood stock ?

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#10 posted 05-12-2013 01:20 AM

Cool design and great job on the build. QS Sycamore is one of my favorite woods.

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#11 posted 05-12-2013 01:47 AM

I like all these safety aspects, I will have to look into them. My firearms are locked several different ways, even though my youngest is 23. But ease of access is limited. I don’t live in a high crime area, so I don’t worry too much. I’ve seen tree companies cutting some sycamores down in the neighborhood. I’ll have to stop and bum a log or crotch or two from them.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 05-12-2013 01:53 AM

Thanks everyone. You’re always much too kind. Monte, the dimensions are 28×48x10 5/8. The 10 5/8 depth will be the one you have to alter for your specific floor-to-bed bottom measurement. Maybe the other dimensions too, if your bed has legs in the middle somewhere. I really designed around the combination of floor-to-bed bottom (11” for mine) AND height needed for a rifle hanging upside down inside the box with a scope. My rifle spent the duration with me in the shop for quick checks of my work. If I did it again, I would NOT do a full overlay on the lid again. Became an unnecessary issue getting hinges on, created a situation that just begged for cupping/twisting of the lid, and didn’t look as finished as I’d like. I’d do a box lid next time. Again, thanks everyone – your encouragement is why I enjoy this site and the 1 am workshop nights.

-- It's only wood

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#13 posted 05-12-2013 03:53 AM

Nice work, I like it. Too bad we have to worry about quick access these days ;-(

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 05-12-2013 07:32 AM

Very nice idea looks awesome.

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#15 posted 05-12-2013 04:42 PM

Great box, going in my favorites for sure. Your project includes everything important to me as well. Quick access, safety especially for children, and easily hidden. I’ve been tossing around ideas to keep our shotgun easier to access and this is it. Thanks for posting.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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