How to Build a Simple Gun Cabinet


Safe storage of firearms is necessary to both keep them out of the wrong hands and to give protection to them from bumps, dings and rust. Gun safes are expensive and heavy, and are not suitable for every home. A simple but secure gun cabinet can easily be made in a few hours. It can hold more than a dozen long guns, dozens of handguns, and ammo boxes.

Things You'll Need

  • Electric drill with high-speed steel carbide drill bits
  • Rug remnants
  • 16-oz.empty plastic water bottles (one for each long gun)
  • Wood screws
  • Furring strips
  • Pegboard with pegs
  • General purpose hasp with attaching hardware
  • Lock
  • Obtain a used steel vertical two-door storage cabinet. Four-shelf models are normally 72-inches high, with some as tall as 78-inches.

  • Remove the bottom two shelves and the top shelf.

  • Drill four bolt-holes in the floor of the cabinet if you wish to bolt it to the floor to prevent it from being carried off. Holes may also be drilled in the back to attach it to a wall for extra security.

  • Glue a 12-inch strip of a rug remnant around the sides and back of the cabinet just under the remaining shelf.

  • Cut the top three inches off from the water bottles. Glue the bottom of the bottles to the floor of the cabinet so that when the muzzle of a long gun is placed in the bottle it will lean comfortable against the rug remnant on the side.

  • Place a furring strip that runs from the inside top of the cabinet to the top of the remaining shelf in each corner. Screw two wood screws from the outside of the cabinet into each furring strip so that they are firmly attached to the inside of the cabinet.

  • Screw pegboards to the furring strips on the left, back and right side of the cabinet.

  • Set pegs into the pegboard to hold the handguns.

  • Attach a general purpose hasp to the door using smooth headed bolts. Add a combination or padlock to the hasp for extra security.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many gun owners prefer storing their long guns muzzle downwards to prevent oil from seeping into the chamber from the barrel.
  • Never put a peg through the trigger guard of a handgun.

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