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Crazy idea for gun storage...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by PlayboyPenguin, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. Okay, this idea has made my partner think I am completely insane but here goes. I have decided that I would like to build one of those fake book cases that open up to reveal a weapons vault behind them. Like the ones in the movies. It would just appear to be built in bookcases from outside but a hidden release would unlatch the cases and allow them to swing out like french door revealing a nice gun display wall inside. It should be pretty easy to do. I do own a construction business for goodness sake. I even have the perfect place. A closet in my office area that I removed the doors from and turned into display space (pictured below). I know it is childish but I think it would be neato.:D

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    Last edited: Feb 11, 2006
  2. Janitor

    Janitor Senior Member

    Security through obscurity, eh? Well, by itself not my favorite tactic. In addition to all other measures though, one more layer certainly doesn't hurt. Especially if it were something neat like your bookcase idea. Love to see it. It's fairly normal to hide the safe somewhat, but usually the ideas aren't quite as cool (imo).

    At this point in time, your posted picture isn't coming through.

    I don't get the "childish" part. :cool:
  3. Can people see what I am envisioning. I think the pic is working now.
  4. bogie

    bogie Well-Known Member

    If they can't see the safe, they can't break into it.

    You're gonna need bigger studs. Think about the weight of a "convincing" bookcase (and you aren't gonna want tracks on the floor either). You'll want hinges that can deal with a coupla hundred pounds, and a wall that isn't gonna go anywhere.

    I've seen some commercial "hide it" bookshelves, and thought they were okay.
  5. Meplat

    Meplat Well-Known Member

    Childish? Not at all. Not a bad idea at all if you have the room and resources. My old boss (multi-millionaire many times over and afficianado of VERY fine and high dollar rifles) did something similar but on a larger scale. Had me design a gun room that was hidden behind a floor to ceiling and wall to wall bookcase in his study. The room itself was a safe that had been removed from an old defunct small town bank. Security in spades!
  6. torpid

    torpid Well-Known Member

    I'd worry more about them stealing all those action figures and sculpts!

  7. Hawken50

    Hawken50 Well-Known Member

    if you could make it so that to unlatch the door you have to tip a a copy of "The Art of War" off the book shelf, that would be the ultimate in cool. :cool:
  8. That is just the tip of the iceburg...the other 3 walls are completely covered and I have alot more in storage.:D
  9. I have a small bronze bust of batman and I though it would be really cool to have to tilt the statue to trip the latch. Kind of my homage to the batcave of the TV series.
  10. MSgt B

    MSgt B Well-Known Member

    Did it.

    It's alot easier than it sounds.

    Make sure the floor in front where it swings out is tile or lino, and put a rubber soled caster under to help bear the weight. Even so, it will show marks on the floor over time.
    Maybe as a contractor you might have access to some sort of gorilla hinge that can take the weight, so you won't have to use the caster.
    Even with the beefiest hinges I could find, and the caster underneath, I had to keep the load on the shelves light.

    Dress up your seams with overlapping moldings and use trim paint to match the rest of the house. You're in business.
  11. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    Gun safes are thief magnets. You're best off getting a fancy safe and filling it with old socks. Then hide your iron in the walls, vents, or whereever. The criminals will waste their time with the safe.
  12. justashooter

    justashooter member

    really should think about the security of the safe.

    not too much cost added to line your safe closet with a welded construction and angle framed expanded metal or sheet metal cage that has a set of pocket doors interlocking on a cutter-proof lock.

    keeps anybody who can find it from coming in thru the wall behind, which can be done with a small hammer in new construction.
  13. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    I humbly suggest that there's a bigger theme here:

    it's not just about safes v. secret bookshelves,
    but about spaces within spaces.

    For the truly strategic,
    it's about spaces within spaces within spaces...

    Now, for security reasons,
    I can't share with you my specific strategy.

    But let your imagination run wild
    with safes, rooms, cases, closets, basements
    & other spaces...in all manner of combinations &


    And then, there's that 9mm in an OWB holster.


  14. Father Knows Best

    Father Knows Best Well-Known Member

  15. Boom-stick

    Boom-stick Well-Known Member

    Had my eye on one of these but they are $$$$$$
  16. mec360

    mec360 Well-Known Member

  17. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    the completely insane part is thinking you'll be able to resist the urge to show everyone you know your cool new secret.

    prediction: the whole town knows roughly 90 minutes after you tell your first friend
  18. saboteur

    saboteur Well-Known Member

    Boom-Stick, where can I get that? Where did you find it?
  19. Lupinus

    Lupinus Well-Known Member

    All the more reason to have two :D

    One to show off and one to have that is really hidden :neener:
  20. Chrontius

    Chrontius Well-Known Member

    I've been thinking about building a bed which hinges up to reveal a rather large safe... add some pneumatics to lift it up after a latch is tripped.

    Sci Fi City here has Shakespeare busts with the hidden switch in 'em. Could probably use a solenoid lock to keep the bookcases shut...

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