Building a cabinet

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by warhawk77, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. warhawk77

    warhawk77 New Member

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    I have a few long guns now and starting to run out of space. I was thinking about building cabinet in to a wall in my basement. But I am in Northern Indiana and in the summer the basement gets kinda damp. So thinking of turning my closet in to a cabinet. I don't have a extra $1,000 so buying a safe is out of the question.

    Plan is simple.
    The closet is on the second floor and on a out side corner so unless you have a ladder you can't get thru the out side.
    Dead bolt on door
    Back wall with slots for long gun with carpet
    Some kind of locking bar to keep them long guns in place
    shelf with ammo

    It will keep the kids out and slow any body down. Giving police time to respond to the house alarm.

    Might think about beefing up the door but the house is 75+ years old so they are real wood not cheap hollow crap.

    Anyone else done this? I did a search and only found 2 others but has to be more.
     
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  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    warhawk, i did something very similar in the closet in my office. the way i did my locking was with a cable and lock. now i have a concrete slab, so drilled and put in eyebolts in the holes and fasten the cable to the eyebolts. another thought, if you have bolt actions, remove the bolts and store them somewhere else. no bolt, gun is pretty much useless! i store mine in a small safe hidden in my garage. only problem is you probably have wooden flooring, the anchoring to the floor would have to be done differently than the way i did it. i like you didn't have a thousand dollars to buy a safe, so i had to be a little creative. another suggestion, record the serial numbers and take pictures and put them on file with your insurance company, just in case some low-life, bottom-feeding POS does happen to break in and steal your guns, that is if he doesn't get shot attempting to steal them!
     

  3. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    You might consider building a false wall in the back or one side of the closet to hide your guns. A lock on a closet just draws attention to it.
     
  4. warhawk77

    warhawk77 New Member

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    I did think about that just need to find a diff place.

    Do you guys think a attic would get to hot? We have a small attic that you access with a door that looks like a closet

    Axxe55@ I do have wood floors in the closet but basement is concrete. Just worried about moisture

    I have all the s/n on a document but need to take pics.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the basement is doable, but as you said moisture is a problem. first thing is the storage area would have to be sealed tightly. doors or opening would need some type of weatherstripping to seal out moisture. the next thing would be some sort of dessicant or dehumidifier to keep any residual moisture out. another option would be to climate controll the entire basement, then you could build a work area and reloading area for your guns!
     
  6. warhawk77

    warhawk77 New Member

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    Looking around the house and I have a option to build a fake wall in the basement. It will give me 3'x6' of storage space if I use it all.

    I will have to talk to someone better with wood working then I am and see if he could make it hide able.

    The basement is finished and we normally run a dehumidifier all spring/ summer and it fills up in about 30 hours. So don't think its much worse then other basements. The winter the furnace runs drys out everything
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    like i said before, weatherstrip the doors and possibly have separate dehumidifier for the gun storage area. my closet area is about 30" deep and about 7' long. i built a gunrack into the back wall and some shelves on one end for the ammo and accessories. the rack can easily hold 15 rifles.
     
  8. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    Just a thought most safes use Sheetrock between the metal for fire protection. The rating on the safe is how many layers of Sheetrock.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    it's not regular sheetrock, it's fire rated sheetrock and it's about three times the price of regular sheetrock.
     
  10. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    Sheet rock will not burn just the paper. The fire rated has been measured. 5/8 sheet rock is rated. If there is an x on it then it is rated you can. You can google to find thickness to fire ratting.
     
  11. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    Also an option lite weight concrete not sure about price. And where I live you ask about it and they have no idea what you are talking about.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    sheetrock is fire resistant to some degree, but i know from pasr experiance of having built a paint booth and had to order special 5/8" fire rated sheetrock, because no one in our town stocked it. according to the city fire marshall to get a paint booth certified for use within the city limits, i could use steel, concrete, concrete blocks, brick or fire rated sheetrock at least 1/2" thick, two layers of sheetrock, 2" air space, then two more layers of sheetrock. i used 4 layers of 5/8" with a 2" air space. i used sheetrock because it was the easiest material and the cheapest to build with.
     
  13. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    You are correct. The key word is certified.