Great Idea for a gun cabinet...


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Tomekeuro85
March 5, 2006, 10:42 PM
I recently made a thread about trying to find a Stack-On 16 gun cabinet, and someone suggested that I just get an office cabinet for much cheaper. Well I looked around and found this: http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do?level=SK&id=552341&Nr=FILTER%28domestic%29&N=1000000148+10324+4294966064+4294967126+8+4294953690&Ne=6+1+10313+5+14&An=browse

I'll buy that and construct my own interior from wood and some type of fabric.
Has anyone else done this? If so, how does it look?

I figure this is much better since it is so much cheaper and you can get your own design instead of settling for what a company decides you should have.

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Mooseman
March 5, 2006, 10:47 PM
I don't think it would keep thieves out but if your just trying to keep kids out then go for it.

Tomekeuro85
March 5, 2006, 10:52 PM
I don't have kids since I'm only 20, and there is nobody in my house under 20, so I don't need to worry about that. I don't live in much of a high crime area, but even so, the cabinet I have now would probably be easier to get into (Stack-On 8-gun cabinet). I'll probaly bolt this one to the wall or floor.

Mooseman
March 5, 2006, 11:01 PM
I wouldn't go to the trouble of bolting it to the floor or wall. The door locks on those things are pretty easy to beat. If your budget is too tight for a safe but you want to keep your guns safe consider a concealed hideaway. For example if you have a deep closet and are handy you can create a false wall pretty easily. Just make sure you keep its existence to yourself;)

p.s. I have an uncle who hid a whole basement room in this fashion. He put the nut in gun-nut:evil:

Tomekeuro85
March 5, 2006, 11:03 PM
haha speaking of that, I already have plans to have a whole hidden room when I get my own house. But I still have about 5 or so years till then, so I have time to plan.

txgho1911
March 5, 2006, 11:10 PM
Saw pics here somewhere. That style of cabinet with a plastic shelf unit installed within for an ammo locker.
Here it is.
http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=73468&highlight=ammo+walmart+locker

a1abdj
March 5, 2006, 11:17 PM
Another commonly overlooked item is a jobsite tool chest.

Lowes and Home Depot often have steel worksite boxes that lock with padlocks. They are large enough for guns, and pretty secure for what they are.

Hawkmoon
March 6, 2006, 01:08 AM
You're going to find that the gauge of the metal in that is about half as thick as a Stack-On or Homak gun cabinet. I think if you buy it you'll be disappointed.

Euclidean
March 6, 2006, 01:13 AM
Here's something I considered doing... see I'm only slightly older than you are, same situation and all that...

I considered a hidden in plain sight type option. A piece of ratty furniture is cheap and would look natural in my abode... an old dresser with a false back for instance, or just reduce the drawers to nothing more than false drawers.

Paladin Press publishes a pretty good book on this.

But I wussed out and bought a safe.

PlayboyPenguin
March 6, 2006, 02:47 AM
A long time ago I took a very old sofa in my first apartment and made it into a type of storage bench by taking out the springs and webbing and putting in a plywood top and bottom. When the cushions where on it looked and felt like a normal cheap couch but I could hide what few valuables I had inside it.

Nematocyst
March 6, 2006, 03:53 AM
Find an interior closet wider than the door to said closet by >1'.

Choose a space in that closet nearest the most impenetrible part of your dwelling.
(To slow bg's from hacking into it.)

At the entrance of that space, build a false wall of 3/4" plywood mounted on (or hinged to) a 2x4 frame around the inside of the space, preferably secured to studs, held in place by hinges and hasps, or just two hasps, with pad locks.

Paint the 3/4" plywood the same color/texture as the closet walls.

Cover the pad locks with hanging clothing, hats, a shirt on a hook, whatever.

Put guns inside of that space. Add locks.

If you have a space large enough, put your metal cabinet inside of it.

When you get rich and famous, buy a real gun safe. :cool:

Nem

pluvo
March 6, 2006, 10:33 AM
I've always toyed with the idea of turning an old refrigerator into a gun cabinet and/or ammo locker. They can usually be had for next to nothing, well insulated, near air tight, and they look like they belong in a pantry/garage/basement as a second fridge. Throw a hasp or two on to keep the 'beer thieves' out & you're good to go.

Tomekeuro85
March 6, 2006, 03:52 PM
I went to office depot today, and that cabinet is definitely much thinner steel than my Stack-on. I'm not sure if its bad enough to stop me from getting it, because it's a pretty huge case for only $200, but I'll see what I can do.

Zundfolge
March 6, 2006, 03:56 PM
I've always toyed with the idea of turning an old refrigerator into a gun cabinet and/or ammo locker.

Or something like this? http://www.gunsnet.net/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=174612

vynx
March 6, 2006, 05:09 PM
I've thought of converting an old upright freezer or fridge also.

Before buying a cabinet for $250 or a gangbox (contractors large toolbox for jobsite) which costs about $280 at Home Depot just spend $300 on a cheap safe.

Every year on Nov. 25th (one day only after Thanksgiving sale) Lowes sells a gunsafe - its a sentry which I know isn't that great but its better than a gangbox or a cabinet. Last Nov. 25th I bought one for $299 its the #5251 model 59" tall - this is not their smallest model and for only $300 its about the same price as the gangbox or cabinet. I think its about 59"tall x 21" wide x 21 deep including the handle & combo lock so about 19 to the door.

I've read that Walmart and Home Depots in some locations carry these in stock.

I still may convert a fridge tho.:)

CypherNinja
March 6, 2006, 06:14 PM
I've always toyed with the idea of turning an old refrigerator into a gun cabinet and/or ammo locker. They can usually be had for next to nothing, well insulated, near air tight, and they look like they belong in a pantry/garage/basement as a second fridge. Throw a hasp or two on to keep the 'beer thieves' out & you're good to go.

::Pictures the "Magic Fridge" Superbowl commercial::


LOL.:D

El Barto
March 6, 2006, 06:48 PM
How about this for a build your own:

http://tinyurl.com/mc2aq

Of course, TAKE THE WHEELS OFF.

You guys that can buy ANY gun products at Wal-Mart make me jealous. At the Wal-Mart(s) near me they no longer sell anything remotely related to firearms. Ok, I take that back. I did notice that there were still some boxes of .22lr and 12 guage shells under the desk, but that's it. No cases, no covers, no oil, no hunting jackets, nothing. I can't even get a cleaning rod here so I bought a kit the last time I went to Dallas (Airport security thought I had a gun, but thats another story).

I won't hold my breath hoping that they will get a safe in. The best deals I found for a gun cabinet are the Stack-on the 8-gun at LLBean.com for $99 (not the u-build one) and the 14 gun at SportsAuthority.com for $174.

PS. Any one know of any good local SOCAL business that can match or beat the above, please let me know.

Tomekeuro85
March 6, 2006, 07:16 PM
Welcome to my world El barto. Wal Mart, K mart, sport mart, sports authority... none of those have any gun related stuff anymore. I have to drive like an hour to get my gun stuff.

bdutton
March 6, 2006, 08:48 PM
Your investment needs to be protected. The value of a good gun safe is directly proportional to the value (both intrinsic and sentimental).

I spent $750 for a fire proof safe. That 1/2 of the cost of just one of my guns.

Many other guns in my collection were inherited from my father so it was no trouble spending that much for the safe.

rayra
March 7, 2006, 05:13 AM
Barto, Turners should have either a StackOn or Homak 8-gun for about that.

http://www.turners.com/index.html

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