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Posted by Pedro on March 05, 2004 at 21:13:40 from (188.8.131.52):
In Reply to: 'bout them farm guns - anyone got plans for gun safe or . . . posted by ShepFL on January 21, 2002 at 17:52:21:
Using 1/2" plate and 4"X4" 1/4" square tube you can make a very secure gun safe. Have plate steel sheared to desired dimensions. The sq. tube will be your door jamb. After welding 3 of the 4 sections tube in a "U" shape it can be filled with concrete if desired. Then the last section can be filled and after it sets,weld in place.
You will need to come up with a heavy duty piano hinge. The door will have at least two recesses made from 5" iron pipe or 5" sq. tube (think of the hole in a golf green). Just large enough to manipulate the locks and with no room for bolt cutters. The recesses need to be at least 6" deep. The locking lugs are welded to the safe inside wall. When the safe is closed the locking lugs will pass through the plate at the bottom of the recesses. The hinge side of the door will have a piece of 1/4" 2X4 angle iron attached so when the door is closed and locked this lug goes behind the door jamb (let 'em beat the hinge off). When attaching the door and locking lugs you will want the door recessed in the frame by at least 3/8" to prevent pry bar attack. By adding angle or tube steel around the inside of the door will make it even stronger.
If you want fire protection a sheet of 3/4" sheetrock and a roll or two of heavy duty foil barrier (high temp RTV is a good adhesive). I suggest that one measurement of the safe be at least 32" or a little less with door and jamb assy. not installed. Once the main box is in the house and the 4" door jamb is welded in place it can not be removed through a standard 36" door.
When cutting the drywall you can make it self supporting with RTV adhesive to keep it in place. Top piece goes in first. Back and bottom goes in next. The the sides will hold the others in place. Put a couple of layers of heavy duty foil on the outer side of the sheetrock before installing.
Finishe the inside to suit your needs.
Gut and remove the inside racks and mechanism of a coke machine. Place in the family room alongside the pool table and make sure the light still works. Semi secure fire proof and hidden.
Install a dummy heat and air vent between floor joist. Sheet the two joist with duct metal and it will look like a cold air return from the basement.
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