I needed something to put my firearms in but didn't have the money to spend on a high dollar gun safe. This was my alternative idea.
Step 1: Determine How Large You Want Your Gun Cabinet to Be
I own everything from long rifles, to shotguns, and pistols. I decided to make my cabinet fairly large to house any future firearm purchased I may come up with
Step 2: Pallet Time!
collect as many pallets as you can possibly get your hands on. I promise it won't be enough. I used a hammer to pull each board apart from every pallet. I tried to salvage all of them but as you will quickly find out, half of the boards will split or break as you try pulling them from the pallet. That's the hardest part.
Step 3: Tools Needed....
you will need:
deck screws 3inch
wood screws 2inch
a few 2x4s to build the frame
I used two 4x4s for the runners (I found them on some special pallets)
Step 4: Building the Frame
first I built the floor by nailing 2x4s to the 4x4s that I used as my runners. I then used 2x4s to build my frame to the desired sizes.
Step 5: Building the Walls
Now it's time to put your pallets to use as you stack the boards to create the outer walls of the cabinet. the pallets I used were not large enough to run full length so I ran boards across the seams for strength and to cover the ugly edges.
Step 6: Face Front
I couldn't come up with long enough boards to make the face front so I grabbed some 1x4 cedar boards at the local hardware store and built my face front frame.
Step 7: The Interior
I made shelves out of ply wood and gun holders using some scrap wood and a jigsaw then covered them with green felt from a craft store.
Step 8: Doors
I wanted the doors to look like rustic barn doors. I found the roughest looking pieces for the doors. after finishing them I added my hardware to them and hung them
Step 9: Adding Character
I had some military surplus items that I hung on the doors for character and "wow factor"
Step 10: Load It Up and Lock It Up
Now it's time to fill it with all of your firearms, ammo, cleaning supplies, accessories, etc.