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Old September 8th, 2012, 01:46 PM   #1
 
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Homemade Gunsafe?

I want to build a homemade gunsafe. I have heard of being stealthy and using an upright freezers. I have heard of other ideas but I was wondering what ideas you gentlemen and/or ladies might have on the subject. I can weld and have access to my own shop. My only problem is how to lock it and maybe make it fire resistant. Just let me know your thoughts.



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You can just buy a safe door with frame some safe companys offer that, for fire resistance safe companys are just using drywall (GWB) don't know what type they use I recommend type X.
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Construction Job boxes can be easily adapted and in general already have a fairly tight locking system.
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I've been planning on doing this as well. My plans use two steel containers, one that fits inside the other with a one inch gap all the way around. Fill that gap with concrete and heat treat it so it wont crack or explode in a fire. Once that is done you have a fire and move resistant container. I haven't come up with the locking mechanism yet, I might have to go to a safe builder for that part.
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I've been planning on doing this as well. My plans use two steel containers, one that fits inside the other with a one inch gap all the way around. Fill that gap with concrete and heat treat it so it wont crack or explode in a fire. Once that is done you have a fire and move resistant container. I haven't come up with the locking mechanism yet, I might have to go to a safe builder for that part.
The gap is a good idea but concrete explodes when it gets hot in a fire, use agriculture gypsum you and mix with water and pour in 1" would give you about a hour and a half fire rating.
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I have been considering this myself. We have ceramic fiber "wool" at the foundry I work at. It will hold out temps exceeding 2500degrees. Perhaps if there is a foundry near you, you could try to get some from them.

I also want to make a pistol lock box for by my bed. I want to install a hidden quick release in case of an emergency.

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I have been considering this myself. We have ceramic fiber "wool" at the foundry I work at. It will hold out temps exceeding 2500degrees. Perhaps if there is a foundry near you, you could try to get some from them.

I also want to make a pistol lock box for by my bed. I want to install a hidden quick release in case of an emergency.

Brian
Yes sir that stuff will do the job also
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I made my own gun safe. A local scrap yard had 3/16" plate steel for a bargain price.
The fun part was figuring out the lock work

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The gap is a good idea but concrete explodes when it gets hot in a fire, use agriculture gypsum you and mix with water and pour in 1" would give you about a hour and a half fire rating.
Where can I find this agriculture gypsum you speak of?And how heavy will it make the safe? My current living situation wont allow me to bolt it to the ground. The challenge of a locking mech. is my main concern. What good is a safe if you have an inadequate lock or it can be walked off with?
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Where can I find this agriculture gypsum you speak of?And how heavy will it make the safe? My current living situation wont allow me to bolt it to the ground. The challenge of a locking mech. is my main concern. What good is a safe if you have an inadequate lock or it can be walked off with?
Yeah it will make it heavy we use it to fill hollow metal steel door frames on commercail buildings to give them a fire rating of 2 hours, we order it from our construction supply, if you have one in your area ask them if they have the gypsum for to filling hollow metal door frames if they do they will know what it is, it come as a powder in a bag like pre-mix concrete does, we dump some in a 5 gal. bucket and mix it with water, sturing it with a paddle in a drill them just pour it in.
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Cool thanks for the info. Ill be starting this project very soon.
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There used to be some videos around showing how to convert old soft drink machines into safes.
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There used to be some videos around showing how to convert old soft drink machines into safes.
That must be funny, put in a quarter and your 357 slides out.
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Hairtrigger,

That's some really good workmanship, did you bolt it to the floor? Also, what are you doing for moisture control? Also, all of you with gunsafes or considering building on should google "safe cracker", sometime's the best security is no one else knowing what you've got.
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I agree.... if a crook cannot find your safe he wont break into it... love the coke machine idea!
My safe has (6) 1/2" anchors... a benefit from a previous job
The pic does not show the bolts that lock the door to the jamb, I put them in kind of a random order so they would be dificult to locate and cut, even though they are hardened.
I do have an old bank vault door and plan on using it some day but do not have the combination, no worries the local lock smith tells me, he can open it in 15 minutes or less, this really makes me wonder
Forgot to mention... I have the lights hooked to a micro switch that is activated by the door being opened
I use a Goldenrod and have had good luck with it for years but have just added a small dehumidifier this spring... now I need to dump water once a week or so in worst case weather

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