Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build An Amish Woodworking Inspired Gun Cabinet
Whether you live in a place where having guns is a requirement or you have guns for sport, you very likely need a good place to store them and lock them up away from little hands. Another project from our request page, this seems like a fabulous piece of DIY furniture for anything you might want to lock away and keep kiddos out of!
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Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
Hammer or Brad nailer
2 – sheets of ¾” plywood
2 – 2x3 at 8’
1 – 1x2 at 8’
3 – 1x2 at 6’
2 – 1x3 at 6’
1 - sheet of ¼” lauan or hardboard
4 – 2x3 at 25-1/4” – Side Frames
4 – 2x3 at 23” – Side Frames
2 – ¾” plywood at 20-1/4” x 23” – Side Frame Panels
1 – ¾” plywood at 25-1/4”x 49” – Back
2 – 1x3 at 49” – Front Supports
2 – 1x2 at 49” – Front Supports
2 – 1x2 at 25-1/2” – Top supports
1 – ¾” plywood at 28-3/4” x 53-1/2” – Top
1 – 1x2 at 53-1/2” – Lower Trim
2 – 1x2 at 28” – Lower Trim
2 – ¾” plywood at 3-1/4” x 24-1/2” – Smaller Drawer Box
2 – ¾” plywood at 3-1/4” x 48” – Smaller Drawer Box
4 – ¾” plywood at 5-3/4” x 24-1/2” – Larger Drawer Boxes
4 – ¾” plywood at 5-3/4” x 48” – Larger Drawer Boxes
3 – ¼” lauan or hardboard at 26” x 48” – Drawer Box Bottoms
1 – ¾” plywood at 5-1/4” x 50” Smaller Drawer Front
2 – ¾” plywood at 7-1/2” x 50”- Larger Drawer Fronts
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GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
** If using edge banding to cover the exposed edges of the plywood, apply it to each piece before assembly
**Cut the pieces for the side frames. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces. Assemble with glue and 2” pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the panels. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each edge. Attach to the frames with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws making sure the back of the panels are flush with the back of the frames.
Rout a rabbet in the right hand frame side for the gang lock according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. This will need to be done before any further assembly.
Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in each side edge. Attach to the side frames with the back face flush with the edge of the side panels.
Cut the pieces for the front supports and drill pocket holes in each end. The upper board will need a ¾” hole bored for the gang lock placement. (See the manufacturer’s installation instructions) Secure to the cabinet with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws with the front face flush with the front facing edge of the side panels.
Cut the pieces for the top supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the cabinet as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Also install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Cut the piece for the top and attach with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the top into the side frames and top supports. The top will overlap the front and sides by ¾” and will be flush with the back face of the side frames.
Cut the pieces for the lower trim. Attach the side pieces first with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails, then attach the front piece.
Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Attach the bottom with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Attach the remaining drawer hardware and make any adjustments necessary.
Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. They will overlap the openings by ½” on all sides. Drill the holes for the handles and drive screws through the holes for the handles to temporarily hold the front in place on the drawer box. Open the drawer and attach the front to the drawer box from the inside with 1-1/4” screws. Finish drilling out the holes through the drawer boxes for the handles.
The gun holder brackets will have to be installed in the drawer boxes according to personal preference!
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my
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