Pistol Box 2.0

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Project by Budasac posted 02-14-2014 01:55 AM 3728 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I had some time to build a new pistol box. This one is slightly smaller and has a little more time into it. I’m happy with the results, just waiting for a briefcase handle and some rubber feet to finish it off. (And some decals of course. Gotta sticker bomb it a little.)

I think the fingers to hold the pistols are much better on this one as well. Rather then shaping the wooden fingers like I did on the last one I instead used .5” plywood, with rubber matting applied for protection, and then placed a combination of .25” and .5” pieces as spacers between the fingers. With extra spacers this allows me to easily customize the spacing between fingers for different pistols if needed.

Also, instead of latches on each side I installed a keyed lock on the front. I added a magnetic strip as well to hold the extra mags in place. The box was constructed of .5” sanded ply and joined with biscuits every 3”. The drawer was made from some scrap Poplar with Maple splines. I stained it, applied 3 coats of poly, and then some Butcher’s Wax to help protect it from the weather.

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#1 posted 02-14-2014 11:01 AM

Great idea, love the design.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-14-2014 12:13 PM

Great job and cool project…. well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 02-14-2014 12:38 PM

You done another very fine job, with great tweaks! I like it and I’m sure your shooting friends will be envious.

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

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#4 posted 02-14-2014 02:11 PM

the features on this thing are great! the scope mount and magnetic clip holders are just great ideas!

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#5 posted 02-14-2014 04:08 PM

Thanks guys. I’m very happy with this one. I think its a keeper. Although I have already decided if I make another one the magnet will recessed into the lid before assembly instead of having to mount a separate piece of wood as I did here.(Bought the magnet after the box was assembled.) It’ll be a little cleaner looking.

I think I may take some orders from members of my club. I’ve had a few approach me and ask about different designs like a tool box style pistol box where the lid opens from the top with the scope mounted to it for guys who shoot seated instead of standing. We’ll see. Maybe I can make a few extra bucks.

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#6 posted 02-14-2014 08:05 PM

I like this one as well as the first one! Good job!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#7 posted 02-15-2014 05:57 AM


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#8 posted 02-15-2014 06:17 AM

Looks good to me!

-- 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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