How to Make a Cheap Gun Cabinet

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How to Make a Cheap Gun Cabinet
A gun cabinet just needs to be able to fit some guns into it. (gun image by dinostock from

Making a cheap gun cabinet is a simple do-it-yourself project. You don’t have to be an expert woodworker to complete a gun cabinet, particularly if you are just trying to make a simple cabinet on a budget. Gun cabinets can be built cheaply because they don’t have to have a lot of detail to them, they just have to be able to hold a few guns and not much more.

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Things you need

  • 4 pinewood beams: 2-foot by 6-inch by ¾-inch
  • 2 pinewood beams: 4-foot by 6-inch by ¾-inch
  • Drill
  • 6 screws: 1-inch
  • 2 plywood board: 3.5-foot by 4-foot by ¼-inch
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • 2 3-inch hinge kits
  • 2 magnetic door latch kits

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  1. 1

    Build a wooden box frame using two 2-foot by 6-inch beams and two 4-foot by 6-inch beams. Pinewood as this will be less expensive than other woods. To attach the pieces, drill two 1-inch screws into every corner of the box frame.

  2. 2

    Attach a 3.5-foot by 4-foot plywood board to one side of the frame to create a wooden box. Attach the pieces by driving staples in through the plywood into the edges of the frame with a staple gun.

  3. 3

    Cut two 3-inch by 6-inch chunks out of a 2-foot by 6-inch beam. Each chunk should be cut out 6-inches from each other and 3-inches from either end of the beam. Repeat this step with a second 2-foot by 6-inch beam. Cut the chunks out using a jigsaw

  4. 4

    Attach one of the beams with the chunks taken out of them to the bottom of the cabinet so that the chunks create a gap between the back of the cabinet and the front end of the beam. Attach the beam by drilling a 1-inch screw down from the beam into the frame. Each screw should be at the centre of the space between each chunk.

  5. 5

    Attach the second beam with the chunks taken out of it to the top of the cabinet in the same fashion as the first was attached to the bottom of the cabinet. This beam, however, should have the chunks facing towards the front of the cabinet instead of the back.

  6. 6

    Rub every surface of the cabinet with sandpaper until the wood is smooth. Smooth out the surfaces of another plywood board that measures 3.5-feet by 4-feet as well.

  7. 7

    Apply a coat of wood stain to the entire cabinet and the plywood board.

  8. 8

    Attach two 3-inch hinges using hinge kits to one 4-foot long edge of the plywood board and attach two magnets from magnetic door latch kits onto the opposite 4-foot long edge. The hinges should be 1-inch from either end of the board and the magnets should be 1.5-inches from either end of the board. Using the kits will provide all of the hardware necessary to attach the hinges and magnetic door latches.

  9. 9

    Attach the metal ends of the magnetic door latches to the inside of the cabinet, 1.5-inches from either the top or bottom of the cabinet.

  10. 10

    Place the board with the hinges and magnets on it over the cabinet so that the matches match up with the metal part of the magnetic door latches and attach the hinges to the side of the cabinet. The gun cabinet can hold two rifles that are up to 48-inches long.

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