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Homemade Cabinet

I don't have the funds for a safe and I know that's the long-term solution. In the meantime, when I moved into my house the previous owner left a metal cabinet. I bet it's 40-50 years old and solid so I am going to convert it into a gun cabinet. Ths inside is 19" deep and 24" wide and 66" tall. It has one solid metal shelf about 6" from the top with a solid metal rod for hanging things right below it. I am thinking about framing the inside with 2x4's and using vinyl coated u-hooks for the long guns. I also plan to cover most of the surfaces with a nice felt. What I am struggling with is what to use for shelves to hold accessories, etc. I am including a couple pictures. Let me know your suggestions.




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If you're going to frame the interior with 2x4's already, why not just use them to support shelves? Run them all the way to the top of the cabinent. Mark where you want shelves, drill pilot holes and add those little metal studs used to hang shelves, or use pieces of dowelrod. Then cut plywood or whatever for the shelves themselves.

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Re: Homemade Cabinet

I used an identical cabinet for several years.

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Re: Homemade Cabinet

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I used an identical cabinet for several years.
Do anything special to it?

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when we were kids--that was our clothes closet
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Leave yourself enough spacing between guns to avoid banging them together when you are taking them out of the cabinet.
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When I built a master suite I included a gun closed within the walk in closet. I just used 1x8 pine and simple wooden brackets I cut out with a jig saw for the shelves. Here's a pic of the what I made to hold my guns, also pretty simple to make.

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I would use 1 inch boards ,or 3/4 plywood instead of 2*4. it would save a little space inside

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I would screw support boards inside screwing from the outside.Use fender washers if you do though.I would MDF instead of plywood for shelves.The like Chief48 did make a board for holding the guns.I would also use a rubber mat for the floor so guns don't want to slide out.Trim it out inside with a soft low pile carpet.Make sure you have humidity control in your plan.

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