How to Build a 12-Gun Cabinet

What You'll Need
Cherry wood
Cherry plywood
Carpenters ruler
Brass Locks
Drawer glides
European hidden hinges
Magnetic door latches
Tempered glass panels
5 inch Drawer pulls
Barrel and stock covering
Glass panel clips
Dowel pins

Instead of placing guns or rifles in the kitchen or bedroom cabinets, a 12 gun cabinet can be built to serve as an attractive storage area. It is secure, convenient, and it improves the appearance of a room. A good design allows long arms to be placed comfortably in an upright position. Short guns can be stored in lower chambers; a cabinet can be used for keeping ammunition. To secure the cabinet, equip it with locks.

Step 1 – Take Measurements  

Use cherry or oak wood for this project. Consider the size of the room when designing a 12-gun cabinet. Make sure there is enough space for rifles in the building plan, check their dimensions and note down their lengths and widest parts.

Step 2 – Cut Cabinet Pieces

Depending on the desired building plan used for the cabinet, cut the wood into pieces as outlined in the design. A radial arm saw can be used to cut long pieces of wood while a table saw works well on boards.

To make drawing lines across the boards, use a framing square and pencil. Obtain a drill for making dowel holes into the jointed edges of each board. Attach the boards using wood glue and use bar clamps to fasten them together. Allow the glue to dry overnight.

Step 3 – Cut Side and Door Frames

Obtain appropriate cherry board and cut upper vertical frames, upper horizontal frames, upper vertical frame, lower vertical frames and the lower horizontal frames as specified by the building design and plan. Other pieces to cut include vertical door frames and horizontal door frames. To get smooth edges on the doors and frames, use a spindle saw.

Step 4 – Cut Drawers

For drawers, cut the drawer front, backs and sides according to the measurements provided by the design and plan. Obtain the drawer front and cut a notch for fixing drawer locks. Obtain plywood to cut the drawer bottom according to the required size.

Step 5 – Sand Cabinet Pieces

Use a rough sand paper to smoothen all solid parts of the cabinets.  Start with an 80 followed by a 120 grit sandpaper. This should be done before the cabinet is assembled.

Step 6 – Assemble All Pieces

Follow the building plan and design to assemble all pieces of the cabinet. Place plastic wood dough on all nails holes, cracks and visible imperfections. After the procedure, finish smoothing the cabinet using 220 grit sand paper. Apply stain or polish as desired. After making two coats, finish with two layers of clear vanish. Leave the cabinet for twenty four hours for it to dry completely before using it.