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just thought i'd share a little project i been working on..

consists of a set of scratch built selfs (i did'nt build) which was originally made to hold plates.

i decided to make it into a pistol cabinet since i dont yet have a safe and needed a way to lock them up.

1/4 inch plexiglass door, i used 6 led tap lights from the dollar store, instead of batteries i wired them to a 5volt DC transformer.

2 alarms (the kind you put on your windows with magnet sensors) are also in the cabinet, not sure exactly how loud they are, normally they use 1.5v x3 button cells, i've got the two wired up to 4 AAA's.. so they're getting 6 instead of 4.5 volt.. and are pretty damn loud.

the lock im not sure what kind you'd call it.. it's the kind you'll find on vending machines and such.. indeed my brother in law works for a sign and vending machine shop so i got the plexi and lock free.

the whole project was a piece together, the most expensive thing was buying polyurethane to coat and protect the wood 8 bucks, followed by the lights 6 bucks, alarms 2 bucks, batteries 1 dollar, the wire was a mixture but mostly 4 conductor telephone wire.

the door is riveted onto the full length hinge, not sure exact name im not a craftsmen really, and the hinge is fastened with half inch wood screws x12

i put spent .22lr cases over the rivets, the rivets was quite ugly, this does'nt exactly look great but it looks much better.

i put 4 aluminum L-brackets to strengthen where it's mounted on the wall.

A electrical lock from a old computer is whats used to enable/disable the alarms.. they're set off by a pressure switch.. again salvaged from a old computer.

the lights will always come on when the door is open (assuming there is power), again by way of pressure switch, however they can be turned on even with the door shut by a hidden switch which can't be seen under the cabinet.. it's a push button switch from a old radio.

the handle for opening and closing the door is a spent 45acp case.. i drilled out the case and removed the primer so i could slip a small bolt down in it.

it's a hornady 45 +p steel case.










UPDATE: -= Light Change =-
well bad news, those damn dollar store LED lights started burning out on me.. im not really sure why, i guess they was just cheap Chinese sweat shop quality lights, from the dollar store.. would would have thunk it?

anyway had 1 go out, then another then another.. last night i watched one flicker for a few mins then go out, 3 leds in each light.. the only one that did'nt have any burn out was the top shelf.

anyhow today my brother in law got me some nice LED's from his work which makes signs and repairs vending machines and stuff.

i wish he would have gotten them for me to start with could have saved me 6 bucks plus the hassle.

anyway the ones i replaced them with was very good quality Sloan LED's (701269-WT-MB)
these run on 12v though, they're pretty bright at 9v but i scrounged around found a old 12v DC transformer from a wireless telephone i think is long gone.

these are pretty handy they have adhesive backs but also can be mounted by screw, and come in a strip you just cut as many as you need off..

anyway i took a few pictures of the cabinet with the new lights, i pray i have no more problems, i wanted LEDS from the get go so i would'nt have to worry about them burning out (in my life time) and for their energy efficiency.. so you can only imagine how pissed i was when those dollar store LED taplights started dropping like flies.

i also took a few shots of the lock, i know there was some concern over it, again it's not a safe, it will not stop someone who really wants in it, but they wont break into it with their bare hands thats for sure.

here you can see the old & new lights

heres the lock below, notice the aluminum "L" bracket strengthening and supporting the wood, it distributes the force to a wider area if someone was to try and pull it open, it's also attached by 3 1/2 inch wood screws.










 

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I'd say it looks pretty good. I'd give it a Nice except the hinge doesn't quite match (brass or copper would work well). The interior lights are a nice touch.

Without seeing it in person I can't tell how secure it really is but it will keep the kids away from the guns.

My only other thought is that I prefer to keep my ammo secured as well. Then again, I use an old lockable filing cabinet for that.

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yes i agree however the hinge also came from my brother in laws work, so it was free, beggars can't be choosers and all that.

i actually had a brass hinge but it was'nt long enough, about 3 inchs to short.

it's pretty secure the plexiglass is 1/4 and pretty stiff.. i was'nt trying to replace a safe it'll never be as secure as a big steel safe but you're definitely not gonna just walk up and bust it open either, for what is (wood,plexiglass and aluminum) i think it would put up a decent fight.

no kids in the house, i just needed some where to put them up i have a rifle rack but nothing for my pistols and just kinda had them laying in my bed room, i still have a few i can't fit in the cabinet.

i would'nt even know where to begin if i had to kid proof my house.
 

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It looks sweet! I'm afraid to display mine. Too many prying eyes if you know what I mean, but if I had a Den or someplace private I would.
 

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Pretty good job I'd say, using materials at hand. :thumb:
 

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Good job! I agree that the hinge looks out of place, but the wood is great, lighting is a nice touch. Very good job.

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A big thumbs up on the lighting.:thumb: Nice touch!
 

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I agree.. think you did a nice job with what could consider left-overs... and the lights really do a nice job of accenting the whole thing....

way to go....
 

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Nice job, Joe

I couldn't do it, cause my wife might find out how many guns I have! She does not know one from the other. Gotta teach that girl how to shoot. Then HER addiction will maybe overcome MY spending habits!
I keep my ammo in three boxes. One for "carry" stuff and another for practice stuff. I just put one cable lock thru holes in both boxes just in case granddaughter gets curious.

A third box stores some 3" buckshot for my Mossberg 12 ga. (in case we get invaded or there's a revolution or whatever)

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Pretty good for a shoestring budget and the lighting looks very good. What about a thin strip of molding glued over the outer edges of the Plexiglases window? That would not only cover the hinge, but help frame in the guns as well.
 

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Justice4all said:
Pretty good for a shoestring budget and the lighting looks very good. What about a thin strip of molding glued over the outer edges of the Plexiglases window? That would not only cover the hinge, but help frame in the guns as well.
actually my brother in law suggested the exact same thing.. i did'nt pay it much attention though, i might try it though..

Also think im gonna get some green felt to line the shelfs.
 

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joe sixpack said:
actually my brother in law suggested the exact same thing.. i did'nt pay it much attention though, i might try it though..

Also think im gonna get some green felt to line the shelfs.
That was going to be my next suggestion as it would really highlight the guns. You've inspired me to finish my own gun case project that I started over a year ago.
 

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that is nice, but Stainless would a good look for that, cool lighting as well, and what kind of SA revlover is that, Love those old west gus :D
 

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That was going to be my next suggestion as it would really highlight the guns. You've inspired me to finish my own gun case project that I started over a year ago.
cool post pictures when you're done, im sure it'll turn out much better then mine.. i must admit things where improvised along the way not quite how i had envisioned but it was a scrap material project to start with.

Zach_Smith said:
that is nice, but Stainless would a good look for that, cool lighting as well, and what kind of SA revlover is that, Love those old west gus :D
it's a ruger blackhawk .357, it was my fathers im not to fond of SA revolvers but i would'nt dare ever get rid of it, they are nice though, very solid and smooth.. just dont like having to cock the hammer every time on revolvers, loading/unloading is a real chore on them as well.
 
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