How to Make a Pistol Display Case

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How to Make a Pistol Display Case
Make a display case for your pistol. (collectable handgun image by jodi mcgee from

Many people have something special they'd like to put on display. It might be a collection of antique spoons that belonged to a grandparent, or a special gun. Gun displays can be as large as a china cabinet or as small as the case described below. They are made primarily for handguns, but can also be used for other small items.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • One 11-inch by 14-inch frame with glass
  • Two 9-inch by 1-inch by 4-inch pieces of wood (wood pieces #1 and #2)
  • Two 14-inch by 1-inch by 4-inch pieces of wood (wood pieces #3 and #4)
  • One 9-inch by 12-inch by 1-inch piece of wood (wood piece #5)
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Screws
  • Hinges
  • Lock
  • Stain or paint to match the frame

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  1. 1

    Lay wood piece #5 on a flat surface. This will be the base of the case. The 9-inch by 12-inch side should be facing up.

  2. 2

    Place wood piece #1 next to the 9-inch side of the base. If you look at the board from the top, you will see the 9-inch by 1-inch side. Nail the board into the base.

  3. 3

    Repeat step 2 with wood piece #2 on the other side of the base.

  4. 4

    Place wood piece #3 on the 12-inch side of the base. Line up the edges, so the ends touch both of the 9-inch pieces. If you are looking at the board from the top you will see the 14-inch by 1-inch side of wood piece #3. Nail in the bottom and sides. Make sure none of the nails go through the wood inside or outside the box.

  5. 5

    Repeat step 4 on the other side with wood piece #4.

  6. 6

    Sand the box. Make sure you sand the inside, outside and bottom. Make sure all of the corners are smooth and neat.

  7. 7

    Stain or paint the box to match the frame.

  8. 8

    Attach the frame to the top of the box by screwing on the hinges.

  9. 9

    Add a lock to the box. This step is not necessary, but is recommended. Locks will help keep others from handling your gun.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want your box to look even better, place a piece of styrofoam in the bottom. Cover the styrofoam with red velvet fabric. Make sure it is a tight fit, so it will hold in place. Place the gun on top for display.

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