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Forum topic by scbucknut posted 02-28-2018 07:34 PM 809 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2018 07:34 PM

I enjoy projects and woodworking by I’m definitely not as experienced as most of you here are. I’m trying to figure out a lockable chest for my rifles to go under my bed and keep kids hands off. Space in the house is forcing me to look under the bed.
I’ve got 10 in of clearance and need 9 inside the box, problem one. Need interior 48in long for my shotgun. Thinking something 2ft x 4ft x 10 in. Top and bottom out of 1/2 ply maybe maple or birch. But will that bow at that size? I could make the sides out of 3/4 ply, but was looking to make it a little nicer, but pine seems to bow and twist and can’t afford oak for this project (shopping box stores at the moment)
Something like the following but maybe a little easier and basic? I love what he did with the side and top being hinged.

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#1 posted 02-28-2018 08:45 PM

I hope you include your children shooting and cleaning your guns(tools) , also instructing them on gun safety. We could show our friends the guns after opening the action to check the gun, then it had to be cleaned inside and out before we put it away; how many times do you think I removed a gun from the wide open rack with ammunition directly below it? NEver not one time, nor did my brothers and sisters, we also hunted.
That said how about a sliding drawer, could be hinged at the back so you unlock it, it drops down in the front as you pull it forward the rear drops down (hinge closes).
There was a request for pull down shelves, like the pull up computer stand only upside down might look that up.

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#2 posted 02-28-2018 08:50 PM

Don’t shoot yourself in the butt.

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#3 posted 02-28-2018 10:12 PM

You could probably change the design a bit so that the 10” height might not be an issue. Just store the guns on their side. Or angle the slots and store them slanted a bit. It would reduce the number of guns you could store in it, unless you made it a little bigger, but I be t you could fit it under the bed easier.

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#4 posted 02-28-2018 10:20 PM

also some kind of failsafe so a crook can’t just grab the whole box and take off with it.
if a crackhead can carry a 65” flat screen out to his car, he can carry your gun box.

jus my Dos Centavos

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#5 posted 03-01-2018 12:55 AM

Thanks all. Definitely good points. Angled slots may be the ticket. My failsafe is my ability. It won’t look nearly this good so a thief wouldn’t think of taking it!

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#6 posted 03-01-2018 03:57 AM

Pine should be OK, just be selective picking it out from the lumber rack. You can also buy edge glued pine boards up to 24” wide by 48” long by 3/4” thick, they sell them as shelves. Then angle the slots inside as Mike suggested. Some reinforcements inside as in the pictures you posted will go a long way toward keeping things straight.

If you don’t want it stolen, since it’s under a bed in a bedroom just label the box “adult toys” and no thief will touch it… :)

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#7 posted 03-01-2018 05:54 AM

Never give a loaded gun to anyone under 5 years old. Just my $.02.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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