How to build a wooden gun box

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How to build a wooden gun box
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Guns require special attention when transporting or storing them. Gun boxes are a good way to store guns safely when not in use. Commercial gun boxes can be costly. You can make a functional gun box out of wood, and your gun will fit the custom box perfectly. You can also add features to the gun box so it will meet all your needs. Wooden gun boxes can be made out of any type of wood to showcase the beauty of your gun.

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Things you need

  • 4 1-inch-by-3-inch-by-48-inch oak boards
  • 4 1-inch-by-3-inch-by-10 1/2-inch oak boards
  • 2 3/4-inch-by-12-inch-by-48-inch oak plywood panels
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Wood finish of your choice
  • Wood glue
  • Damp rag
  • Hammer
  • Finish nails
  • 2 hinges, with screws
  • Screwdriver
  • 1 hasp set, with screws
  • 1 3-inch-by-10 1/2-inch-by-46 1/2-inch piece of upholstery foam
  • 1 pad lock, with key

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  1. 1

    Sand all of the wooden parts lightly with 120-grit sandpaper. Apply a wood finish of your choice. Allow the wood finish to completely dry before handling any parts. Refer to the instructions on the wood finish container for proper drying times.

  2. 2

    Set two of the 1-by-3-by-48-inch oak boards parallel to each other so that they are approximately 10 1/2 inches apart. Place a 1-by-3-by-10 1/2-inch oak board between them at each end to form a box. Apply wood glue to the joints of the box. Use a hammer and finish nails to fasten the boards together to form a box. Wipe off any excess wood glue. Repeat this procedure to create an identical open box. Allow the glue to completely dry on the boxes before continuing.

  3. 3

    Place the two boxes on a work surface. Lay one 3/4-by-12-by-48-inch oak plywood panel on top of each box. Apply a bead of wood glue to the edges where the panels will join to the boxes. Line up the edges of the panels so they are flush with the edges of the boxes. Fasten the panels to the boxes using a hammer and finish nails. Space the nails evenly, every 2 to 3 inches. Wipe of any excess glue and allow it to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Place the two boxes on top of each other so that the panels are on the outside. These form the lid and the bottom of the box. Line up the lid and bottom so that the edges are flush. Place one hinge on the long side of the box lid and bottom in six inches from each end. Fasten the hinges in place using a screwdriver and the provided screws.

  5. 5

    Place the hasp set on the side opposite the hinges in the centre of the box lid and bottom. Fasten the hasp set in place using the provided screws and a screwdriver. Open the box lid. Place the foam piece on the bottom of the box. Place your gun inside the box. Close the hasp. Slide the pad lock through the hasp and lock it. Store the box until use.

Tips and warnings

  • Add some additional compartments inside the box to create storage for gun supplies.
  • Wear eye protection when woodworking.
  • Follow glue and finish instructions for safe use.

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