Classic gun cabinet is right on target

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
By Don and Dave Runyan, For The Oklahoman Published: November 19, 2012
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From the much-loved .22 you got as a kid to dad's old 30-30 deer rifle to an M1 carbine that spent time in Korea, the great thing about old guns is the stories they tell. Almost every gun collector has something special to display — it's just the nature of the hobby. Ironically, however, most gun cabinets are just plain ugly (not to mention expensive).

Now there's a do-it-yourself alternative that's both attractive and affordable. This Craftsman-style gun cabinet project makes a handsome home for any collection, and its classic, clean styling looks good anywhere you put it.

Made from birch as pictured (almost any species will work), the cabinet can be finished clear or stained dark. And although the project features a small footprint (just 32 inches wide by 18 inches deep), it holds up to seven long guns securely locked behind tempered-glass doors. The base cabinet, which also locks, has a large shelf over a drawer and is ideal for accessories and supplies.

The Gun Cabinet plan, No. 875, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of two gun cabinet plans, No. C165, is $15.95 and includes this project and one other. Please include $4.00 per order for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S. Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, or to request a free catalog, call (800) 828-2453 or go to u-bild.com.