This step by step diy woodworking project is about free gun cabinet plans. This simple wooden gun cabinet is both roomy and simple to build. You can easily adjust the size, shape and the design of the project to suit your needs. The cabinet features a large front door for easy access. Make sure you take a look over the rest of plans to see alternatives and more projects for your garden.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- A – 4 piece of 2×2 lumber – 60″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 21″x60″ long, 1 piece – 27″x60″ long PANELS
- C – 8 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 21″ long CLEATS
- D – 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 27″ long, 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 27″ long CLEATS
- E – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 21 3/4″x28 1/2″ long SHELVES
- F – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 24 3/4″x31 1/2″ long TOP
- G – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 26 3/4″x56 3/4″ long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 53 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 26 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 23 3/4″ long DOOR
- 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8′
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- wood putty, wood stain
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Building a wood gun cabinet
The first step of the project is to build the sides for the gun cabinet. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to use 3/4″ plywood for the panels and 1×2 lumber for the cleats. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the cleats. Use 1 5/8″ nails and glue to lock the cleats to the plywood panels. Leave no gaps between the components.
Next, you need to attach the 2×2 legs to the side panels. Align the components with attention and insert 2 1/2″ screws through the cleats into the legs.
Build the back wall from 1×2 lumber and 3/4″ plywood. Use 1 5/8″ nails and glue to lock the trims to the panel. Drill pocket holes through the cleats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the vertical legs.
Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.
Fit 2×2 supports to the front of the gun cabinet. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and secure them to the legs using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.
Build the shelves from 3/4″ plywood. Make small notches to the back of the shelves using a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the shelves to the cleats and lock them into place with 1 5/8″ nails.
Build the top of the gun cabinet from 3/4″ plywood. Smooth the edges with sandpaper. Lay the gun cabinet to the top, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2″ screws into the top. Add glue to the joints for a durable bond.
Build the front door from 3/4″ plywood and 1×2 trims. Add the trims to the plywood panel and secure the trims into place with 1 5/8″ nails and glue.
Fit the door to the opening and make sure there is a gap of 1/8″ around the four edges. Use hinges to secure the door to the vertical legs. In addition, install a lock to keep the door closed.
Make sure you install some brackets to the interior walls.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-200 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project.
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