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Old April 22, 2013, 08:02 PM   #51
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Re: Homemade Gun Safe (In Progress)

The door is on.

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Old April 23, 2013, 12:15 PM   #52
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Very cool, if I may ask, how much have you invested into this so far? Granted having your own machining tools I'm sure helps a lot, but this is something that I may consider later on, since I'm planning on going to school for machining and welding.
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Old April 23, 2013, 01:08 PM   #53
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Well being a school project, all of the school's tools and machines definitely helps!

I am guessing ill have close to $600 into it in all. I have about $330 into the 3/16" sheet metal. The 1" angle iron in all is about $100. The 2" angle iron was all traded for a couple cases of beer from a very close friend so that was definitely a big help! The durock will be a little over $50. Paint and final finishes will take up the rest of the cost.

Yeah it seems like a lot but for the price of some of the larger gun safes it really isn't that much. The only thing with making your own is its not fire proof rated. I am putting the durock to help with fire but who knows it if it'll work. It surely couldn't hurt. Also with making your own you dont have that security of your safe being completely functional at all times and when its not functional, your the only one to blame.
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Old April 28, 2013, 10:02 AM   #54
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I joined up just to see your project, looking good. Does the door extend out past the jamb?
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Old April 29, 2013, 07:00 PM   #55
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NICE!

Pope, I'm a machinest, not a safe builder. NICE JOB! You will deter most theives.
If you can keep them out for a couple hours you stand a better chance of keeping your stuff.
When I bought my first gun safe I did a lot of research. I looked at what my local GS used & took it from there.
I like internal hinges, dead bolts all around & handles in the center of the door. I prefer rectangle deadbolts over round ones (more surface contact).
Again, NICE JOB!
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Old April 29, 2013, 07:03 PM   #56
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fire seal

I think my safes have a compound on the doors called Paloseal, which swells up when exposed to heat.
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Old April 29, 2013, 09:56 PM   #57
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I have talked with a representative from palusol. She basically said I have a very little chance of getting ahold of the product. Its not something you can buy over the counter. I have found a different material that I will be using instead.

Right off the bat I was thinking of ways to do a internal hinge but I just couldn't figure out a way to do it using the tools I had. Itll take a lot to cut off/beat off three of those barrel hinges. I laid a nice deep stringer and then covered it with a nicer looking weave.

zx18599,

What are you meaning by jamb? The sheet metal of the door does overlap the gunsafe's sheet metal if thats what your trying to ask. That way it hides the pins. there is kind of a down fall to having pins visible and then hiding them. If they are visible well they could be cut. If you have an overlapping door like mine well some guy could probably wedge a crow bar under it and over a couple hours of brutal beating on it, eventually break/bend the pins. But who knows which is better. You dont see too many overlapping doors on gun safes so I imagine someone with a lot more brains than me did a study/test on it to find out, but overlapping is what I decided and what I did. No changing it haha. Plus it hides my minor mistakes on my door frame




After I finish up the drawers on the inside, we will be bringing it home to sandblast and paint. Ill get some more pictures up when I get the drawers finished and then after we blast/paint it.

This safe is going to be a burgundy or dark maroon if you will. With gold/brass colored pin stripping around the door, brass lock, and I am looking into someone who does brass coating so I can coat my handle. If not, we will try and find a brass colored paint or match it.
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Old April 30, 2013, 06:36 AM   #58
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Your project looks great. Thanks for posting. I was going to suggest if you had any plate left over, maybe you could weld it on the jambs (2"angle) to flush up the face frame with the door.

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Old May 7, 2013, 09:28 PM   #59
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Been doing some detailed work on it. I will be sandblasting it tomorrow after I get out of school.
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Old May 20, 2013, 06:27 PM   #60
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Re: Homemade Gun Safe (In Progress)

Keep getting closer and closer to being done! All of my welding and metal work is done. I primed and painted it. Sanded down the black paint to smooth it up. Tomorrow or Wednesday it will be moved to our neighbors where he's gonna let me paint the maroon with his sprayer. He ordered some of his automotive paint. It is alot smoother and better looking then our industrial paint that we use on things.

Also got first layer of duruock in. Ignore the duct tape on the durock. That was to help hold the pieces together because I dont have the glue or heat caulking yet.

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Old May 20, 2013, 07:59 PM   #61
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Sweet. Great to see something from start to finish here.
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Old May 23, 2013, 08:07 AM   #62
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Final maroon paint with the gold pin stripping. I should have it home today so I can get the lock and handle on and get another picture.

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Old May 23, 2013, 08:17 AM   #63
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Great job. Thanks for posting all the pictures as you progressed on it. The finished product looks very, very nice indeed.
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Old May 23, 2013, 10:32 AM   #64
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Wow! Looks great!

Final material and labor costs & hours count when finished?
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Old May 23, 2013, 06:34 PM   #65
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I think you've done a better job on your first build than some of the safes the bigger names have been spitting out recently.
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Old May 25, 2013, 12:56 AM   #66
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Re: Homemade Gun Safe (In Progress)

Thanks guys. I still gotta finish the inside but for now my main focus was the exterior. I wanted the out side done for my graduation party so I could show it off haha.

Here's a pic with handle and lock.

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Old May 29, 2013, 09:01 PM   #67
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Got the durock in today along with the plywood and hard wood.

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Old June 2, 2013, 10:12 PM   #68
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Felt, wood, drawers, almost completed.

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This 30-30 is a bit short for this side but I couldn't take the thing any lower other wise my bow wouldn't sit in right.

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I'll get some better pictures posted when I get it completely done
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Old June 18, 2013, 09:03 PM   #69
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I cant see links at work.. Can someone post the pics in the thread
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Old June 19, 2013, 07:01 AM   #70
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Nice interior. I wish I was talented.
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Old June 19, 2013, 01:24 PM   #71
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Great Work!

Question: How did you attach the rock to the sheetmetal. It looks from the pictures as if you used screws of some sort.

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Old June 19, 2013, 01:38 PM   #72
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Homemade Gun Safe (In Progress)

Very ingenious. Not sure if I missed it, but what was the final estimated material cost?
Thanks for the instructional project & photos.
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Old June 19, 2013, 09:43 PM   #73
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Homemade Gun Safe (In Progress)

Would love to know your material costs.
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Old June 21, 2013, 06:27 AM   #74
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Congratulations on your project and your graduation.
How many hours do you estimate went into the project?
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Old June 30, 2013, 11:04 AM   #75
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I joined recently just to follow this, looks great. I did see some information above about needing a Paulson seal. There was a recent thread on THR were the OP bought a seal direct from AMSEC, I imagine you could do the same and make something work.

Edit: After reading the second page of the thread the AMSEC solution was already discussed.
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