How to Make a Standing Gun Rack
A standing gun rack is a good way to keep your guns safely together and away from the kids. It can be very satisfying to make your own gun rack although they can also be purchased ready-made. You should always make sure that your children don’t have access to guns. For this reason, your rifle rack should be kept in a locked room and you should always keep the key with you.
Step 1 - Barrel Holder
The first step is to make the barrel holders for the guns. On the assumption that your gun rack will hold 3 rifles, take one of the pieces of wood that’s 3 inches wide and mark off points every 3 inches along one of the 12 inch edges. Now, make a mark ¾ inch either side of those marks.
On the 4 inch sides, measure in 2 inches and draw a line joining the marks. Now, from the other marks, you need to make a “U” shape that runs to the 2 inch mark you’ve just made. These will be used to accommodate the barrels. Use your jigsaw to cut out the shapes.
Step 2 - Creating the Box
Take four of the pieces of pine that are 4 inches by 12 inches in size and the piece of pine that is 12 inches by 12 inches in size. You need to screw these together to create a box. The screws should be 3 inches apart. Use wood screws that are 1 ½ inches long. When you’ve finished, the sides should be level and the box should be sturdy.
Step 3 - Arms
Now, it’s time to add the arms to the gun rack. Place one of the pieces of wood that’s 36 inches long against the box so it abuts one of the corners. Around the edges, secure into place with 1 ½ inch wood screws. Where it meets the side of the box, use ¾ inch wood screws so the tips don’t protrude. Repeat on the opposite side for the other arm.
Step 4 - Putting the Rest In Place
Slide the remaining 4 inch piece of pine between the two arms. It should be placed at the top of the arms and along the back. Screw the piece into place. Directly below it, slide in the piece on wood with the “U” notches for the rifle barrels. This piece of wood should sit horizontally with the notches facing into the box. Screw this into place as well.
Step 5 - Finishing
Sand the entire rifle rack with a fine grit sandpaper then wipe with a tack cloth. Apply the stain and leave for 5 minutes before wiping off the excess. Allow at least two hours for the stain to dry and your standing gun rack is complete.