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Gun Rack

When it doubt... do it yourself!

 

 

With the popularity of DIY television programs and books, my cousin Leo Somma and I penned one recently titled 25 DIY Projects for Outdoorsmen – Quick and Easy Woodworking Plans for the Cabin and Field. Projects in the book include an ammo box, a two-gun deer-hoof wall rack, a 14-fishing rod holder, storage sheds, workbench, shooting table rest and bench, firewood box and other useful projects for hunters and anglers. 

Here is one of my favorite projects in the book – a 9-gun standing rack. It will prove to be useful and an attractive piece of woodwork in any deer camp, cabin or home. There is no better time to build this project than during a rainy day or two this spring. It will not only prove to be a satisfying project but also become a valued part of your outdoor accessories.  To order the book go to: woodsnwater.tv

 

Free Standing Nine (9) Gun Rack

 

As the morning hunt came to an end, we all met back at the house to warm up, have some breakfast, and plan a small push through our swamp. Once on the deck, we all instinctively checked our firearms to make sure they were unloaded and then hung them from hooks we had on the deck. 

 

While some of us were busy cooking breakfast and others showered or cat-napped we were unaware how the wind had begun to blow hard. In fact, it had kicked up to a 30 mph. Yup you guessed it, hard enough to blow a few of the guns off their hooks which were screwed in very sturdily. 

 

As we sat down to eat breakfast, we all heard a heavy “thump” sound coming from the deck. It didn’t take any of us long to realize a rifle had fallen from its perch. Several of us dashed outside and to our horror and surprise there were three firearms lying on the deck with the wind trying its best to dislodge the others. 

 

Needless to say the guys who owned the fallen firearms were really pissed-off (excuse my French). Now they had to run up to the range and make sure their guns were still zeroed in. We decided right then and there that we needed a safe indoor place to shelve our firearms as soon as possible. Hence, once again it was Leo and his woodworking skills to the rescue. 

 

This is the gun rack he made from edge glued and screwed pine. It makes a nice addition to any hunting camp, cabin, trophy room, den or home (if children are at home one need to have trigger locks for all guns kept in the rack).  We have learned how convenient it is when everyone comes back from a hunt and has an orderly place to store their firearms.  It can be made to hold any number of guns. This project includes instructions for making a nine (9) gun rack. You can change the size accordingly if you want the rack to hold more or less firearms. It can be stained, varnished, painted, or waxed depending on your desire.

 

Tools/Power tools used

 

Table saw or circular saw; drill; jig saw; circular saw; belt sander; drum sander; and wood plane

 

 

 

 

 

It’s overall size is 43” High x 12” Deep x 36” Long

 

Cutting List

 

Key

Part

Dimensions

Pcs.

Material

A

Top Back

1 ¼ x 4 ½ x 33 ½” 

1

Pine

B

Top gun holder

1 ¼ x 6 x 33 ½”

1

Pine

C

Sides

1 ¼ x 12 x 43”

2

Pine

D

Bottom

1 ¼ x 11 3/8 x 33 ½”  

1

Pine

E

Lower butt holder

1 ¼ x 9 x 33 ½”

1

Pine

F

Bottom corners

1 ¼ x 4 ¾ x 9 ½” 

2

Pine 

 

Materials: Wood glue; 1 ¾” wood screws; mushroom-style button plugs; finishing materials such as stain, lacquer, or varnish.

Note: Measurements reflect the actual thickness of dimension lumber.

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from BogartmMC wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Anybody know where I can get parts B and E made in walnut? I have a gun cabinet, but it does not have the buttstock and barrel guides and I no longer have the tools to make them (divorce). Any ideas? Anybody care to bid on making them? Raw unfinished walnut is fine.

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from Bo wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Looks doable.
Uh, I don't mean to touch on indelicate matters but piss is not french. It actually comes from Swedish. The verb "pissa" in Swedish means (according to a reknowned Swedish-English dictionary) "to piss". So it would be better to say pardon my Swedish.
Oh, I know this because I am a 2nd generation American, I grew up in a Swedish speaking household. My grandparents, FarFar and FarMor came to the US from Sweden. I got in trouble in school when other kids would talk smack to me I would respond in Swedish. Teachers didn't know what I was saying but they were always sure it was something bad. It usually wasn't.

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from BogartmMC wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Anybody know where I can get parts B and E made in walnut? I have a gun cabinet, but it does not have the buttstock and barrel guides and I no longer have the tools to make them (divorce). Any ideas? Anybody care to bid on making them? Raw unfinished walnut is fine.

Paul

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from Bo wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Looks doable.
Uh, I don't mean to touch on indelicate matters but piss is not french. It actually comes from Swedish. The verb "pissa" in Swedish means (according to a reknowned Swedish-English dictionary) "to piss". So it would be better to say pardon my Swedish.
Oh, I know this because I am a 2nd generation American, I grew up in a Swedish speaking household. My grandparents, FarFar and FarMor came to the US from Sweden. I got in trouble in school when other kids would talk smack to me I would respond in Swedish. Teachers didn't know what I was saying but they were always sure it was something bad. It usually wasn't.

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