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Old 04-26-2010, 11:55 AM
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So my collection is to a point where I seriously need to think about getting a gun safe. I don't have a thousand dollars to buy a proper safe, and would rather buy more ammo anyway.

So what are your thoughts on building one out of 1/4" sheet steel? 5x8 sheets are going for about $250, and I could probably get the labor done for another $200-$250. Total around $500. I think if done right it would be alot tougher than those $400 metal gun cabinets.

Has anyone done this? Good idea, bad idea?

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Not something I would skimp on. Then again I hire people like you to do major projects. Maybe you could pull it off. Keep in mind if they have time and want it they will get it. I recently bought a fairly large safe and it was not much more than what you are spending. I spent another $100 to reinforce a sauna that came with the house as a safe room that I put them in. The sauna is actually built very sturdy with a massive solid cedar door.
I just hope the house never burns, I can see headlines now he had guns and thousands of rounds ammo stored in a sauna. I will look like a major idiot. I am sure they will not mention the sauna was disconnected. I have seen them at estate sales cheep. If you have a little time to look around you might find what you need.
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Default Re: Thoughts on a DIY Gun safe

poured concrete over a plywood form with wire mesh and fibre in mix. 5000PSI of more. Then make a door from a metal door and plate with 3/16th steel plug welded to door and bam a safe that is tough.
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Default Re: Thoughts on a DIY Gun safe

After collecting guns for a few years i had the same problem. Do i drop a grand on that new rifle i want or do i finally break down and buy a safe?

I say go with a commercial safe. I know its alot of money, but do u store a million dollar diamond in a hundred dollar safe?

I'm sure your collection is worth some money, so why skimp on whats gonna protect it?

Figure on getting a decent safe, bolt it to the floor or walls, lock the room its in, lock up your house, don't flaunt your collection, u should be ok.
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What are you protecting from what/who/where?

Having someone build you a safe will just make you wish you bought one from the pros later on.

If you are just protecting from lightly driven thieves and kids then dry wall then hardboard then plywood with a steel security door in a walled off section of room is more than enough.

If you are trying to stop thieves by bolting a safe to concrete and trying to stop their torch from burning through then your needs change quite a bit.
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For $500 you can get a decent gun safe.

Mine is 450 pounds, 45 minute burn time, and only ran $500 plus tax.
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poured concrete over a plywood form with wire mesh and fibre in mix. 5000PSI of more. Then make a door from a metal door and plate with 3/16th steel plug welded to door and bam a safe that is tough.
Have you done this? Would like to know how it turned out. Interesting concept that could be used in making a large closet a safe room as well.
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So my collection is to a point where I seriously need to think about getting a gun safe. I don't have a thousand dollars to buy a proper safe, and would rather buy more ammo anyway.
A good homeowners/renters policy may be better if you're thinking about covering expenses.
But that being said, "the most valuable things are smartly put in plain sight, where no one would look for them...."
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Default Re: Thoughts on a DIY Gun safe

I was there too. I was to as point where I needed something to protect a few firearms from someone stopping and and doing a grab-n-go with the dozen firearms I had lining my bedroom closet.

After looking at many places, I found this safe on sale at WalMart for $200+ tax...clearance.


I would stick with 'real' safes unless I was going to go all out and make a walk-in safe myself. Check auctions, estate sales, Craigslist, local eBay auctions, garage sales, stores that may have models on clearance...you get the picture.

Best of luck.
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there are "cabinets" and there are "safes" just buy a safe and your good to go. good safes can be had for as little as $400 if you look for them.
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Get a real safe even if you have to sell a gun....otherwise you might come home and find out you have no guns.
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Default Re: Thoughts on a DIY Gun safe

A well placed gun cabinet anchored to the concrete floor and lag bolted into the studs can be a effective place to store guns and such. Now I would rather have a good quality gun safe but right now a well hidden cabinet works well for me.

The ammo is seperate in ammo cans in a different area blended in a few concealed spaces.

Another words all the eggs are not in one basket firearms and ammo.
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poured concrete over a plywood form with wire mesh and fibre in mix. 5000PSI of more. Then make a door from a metal door and plate with 3/16th steel plug welded to door and bam a safe that is tough.
Great idea! Unfortuantely I'm not a home owner and need something a little less permanent. Otherwise I'd be all over that idea.

Looks like I'll have to bite the bullet and start saving for a real safe. Thanks to everyone who replied.
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take a look at what this guy did with an old freezer
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Using freezers and other items for storage is really a good idea.
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What about finding a used steel truck box?

Most are 20g steel and fairly tamper resistant.
I'd double down on security and put another lock on it.

Line it with drywall inside top to bottom for fire protection (exactly what's in my $400 safe and it's rated for 30 min.
Paint it wood tone or box it in plywood and put cushions on it and you've got a sitting bench in the corner of the bedroom. I had a safe like this once and it was invisible.

I've thought of doing this just to have a 2nd gun safe.
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one of the first places thieves hit is the fridge. if you own for the cost of a safe you can put in a vault door but id save and build the safe room then add the vault door later. just remember fire stopping. outside of that hit lowes and buy a small safe. they are rated to 30 min and only costs 350. for the bigger one its 600 i do believe. fatboy jr's usualy run 900 and they can store 48 guns. I have 2. now i am building the safe room. figure by the next wanamaker ill be ready for the vault door. the safes are already in the closet that i am going to turn into a safe room.
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$400 + 2 padlocks and you have your self a 60" Long Safe, bolt it to the ground and throw a tapestry over it so it looks like a table.


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or from sears, this is a real safe not a cabinet.. I just bought it for $304 and will pick it up in a few days. -> Clickity
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Buy the safe.....you'll leave it to your kids, and never regret it. What if your "locking" system fails, and you can't get your stuff out? I wouldn't buy anything and secure it with a padlock. $40 bolt cutters will open it right up.
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Buy the safe.....you'll leave it to your kids, and never regret it. What if your "locking" system fails, and you can't get your stuff out? I wouldn't buy anything and secure it with a padlock. $40 bolt cutters will open it right up.
you cant cut these locks the way they are mounted. only way is a master key
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