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Helo
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Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)



I meant to start this last month but I forgot so I missed many in between pictures but I still have a bit to go. I will try to go back and fill in some of the holes and then post more updates as progress moves on.

The Story:

I need a bigger safe so after Christmas I was planning on picking up a Liberty. My wife has a coworker that has been moving around every 6 mths to a year and each time, he drags this safe along. He asked if she knew anyone looking for a safe, so I get the call.

He sent pictures and I researched it (Misty Morn) and it was about what I was looking for except it was a bit older but this ended up being one of those 'favors' you sometimes get sucked into doing. He did throw in a real nice Amsec wall safe so the deal seamed decent.

After getting it, I immediately realized I hated the interior. The shelves are your typical MDF but with age they had started sagging. Also the finish fabric was a terrible mauve color and was exactly like those velour blankets.

Although not needing another home project on my plate, I decided I was going to refurbish the interior and make it how I wanted.

The Plan:

Tear out the inner fire liner (keeping the exterior shell and fire line intact), caulk up all the seams with fire barrier caulk, replace the inner liner (was 1" gypsum) with 1/2 hardy backer board and then glue (using fire rated adhesive) cork flooring (3/8) to that.

I am a huge fan of cork and the properties it brings so I figured it was a perfect fit and would give me something a bit unique.

I also need to replace the metal skids it came on. They were the factory skids which picked it up off the floor about 3" and one was so badly bent that I was afraid it might buckle. I am not planning to bolt to the floor at this moment but I wanted it off the floor so I need to replace the skids with a stand.

The Safe:
It is a Misty Morn 22-25 gun safe.
Weighs around 700 lbs so it is quite heavy for a safe in that size class.






Gutted safe:

*pics to follow

Panels:

I will post more but these are 1/2 hardy backer board with 3/8 cork flooring glued. The backerboard is cut to fit and after glue is set and cured, I flush cut with a router the cork flooring.









This post was edited on 8/31 at 10:12 am



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Helo
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


I am only going with the left rifle section so the other side will not be cut out.

This top piece is 3/4 baltic birch. Very stiff and strong, heavy and expensive.

Before you comment that my grain is going the wrong way, this it doesn't really matter with baltic birch plus this piece was a cutoff end that would possibly been wasted.

I cut out the center with a jigsaw, then used a 1 1/2 pattern cut bit to do the rough cutting then a 1/2 flush cut to finish.







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bapple
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


Damn you started this post pretty early in the a.m.

But shit, you are one hell of a carpenter.






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TulaneUVA
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


Yeah, that last pic is some fine work.





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Bleeding purple
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


Is the shelf laminated? It looks like it is three layers.



I LOVE RECLAMATION PROJECTS!!!!!






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Helo
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


If you are referring to that piece standing up, that is one of the internal panels. I laminated 1/2 hardy backer board with a piece of 3/8 cork flooring.

The shelving will all be made of 3/4 and 1/2 Baltic birch.

I am still not sure how I am going to finish the padding on the inside of the rifle cut outs and the edges of the plywood shelves.

I can either route and then stain them showing the edge with actually looks decent or glue cork or hardwood banding on the edges.






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Helo
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


Been a while since I could really work on this but over the New Years weekend I did quite a bit.

I finish cutting most of the shelves, added the banding, sealed and put the lacquer on.

Since the interior is darker with the cork, I decided to keep the birch plywood natural so it is lighter in color. Initially, I was going to strip the front out in poplar but I could not find a stain I was happy with so after I cut all the wood in poplar, I scrapped it. I ended up having to redo it all in hard pine which I am much happier with.









I decided to leave the front strip on the rifle portion to add rigidity. I also like the look. If I find that I don't like it later on, I can easily cut it off.





I am finishing it using Deft Sanding Sealer and top coating with spray lacquer. There are 5 coats underneath and 8 coats on the top. I will be topping off with wax to add additional protection.



You can see some of the different in the color from the bottom to top.



Next up this weekend is putting the cork cushion on the rifle insets.






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Helo
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


The idea of using cork on the inside of the gun inserts didn't work so I have a backup plan to do this weekend.

The past couple days I was working on the inside of the door. In stead of going with the same cork flooring, I decided to take the original inside panel, remove the covering, laminate it with cork floor underlayment and the cover it with a nice grey wool fabric.








Next up is my hand at stretching fabric.






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Helo
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


I had to put off stretching my fabric over the door panel and have been busy with some other projects but I got the safe moved and bolted to my built up platform and I started yesterday gluing in the first panels.

Top went on Saturday and today should be the bottom and hopefully the back.

The glue:
Loctite, fire rated panel glue, low VOC.
This is the same glue I laminated all the panels with.


Top:


Bottom:






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bbvdd
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


This is the first time I've seen this. Great work you're doing there.





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KingRanch
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


I can't wait to see that thing finished! Refurbishment projects are the best!





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Helo
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


Thanks.

This will end up being the most expensive "cheap" safe ever.






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SportTiger1
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


quote:

This will end up being the most expensive "cheap" safe ever.


Don't these projects always end like this? But who cares, it'll be yours and can be proud of it. Great work man.






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Clyde Tipton
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


quote:


This will end up being the most expensive "cheap" safe ever.


No kidding. I would have just built the stand, ripped everything out, and used it to stack ammo in...

This is gonna be nice though.






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Helo
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


Back part 1:
There is no way to fit the entire back in as 1 piece so I cut off just the top 8 inches or so. Tomorrow I will glue in the missing hardy board and then accurately cut the cork to fit which should look like it was meant that way.

I am a little concerned with the slight curve in the back of the safe and the final back cork piece since it is snap in.







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Cracker
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


look how neat his shop is! I like what you did by reversing the clamps i never thought of that.





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Helo
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


Long overdue for an update.
I had another project that was taking my time but now I am going to work on this until finished.

Gluing sides:




Interior with all panels in



Internals:

Now that I had the panels and shelf standards in, I could finally cut my shelves to width.



To attach the center panel to the safe floor and the main shelf, I used dowel pins. I cut these to about 1/4" long.





The were so snug the panel would stand up on it's own.










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Helo
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


I did a quick prefit for the internals



I am not sure of the final lights yet. I want to check out some in person but for now I bought some motion activated LED hockey puck type lights.



All lit up:
Not sure where I will finally mount these but they provide decent lighting and all open when the door swings open.



All I have left is some internal trim on the inside edge of the door that wasn't there before but I want to give a more finished look the rifle cushioning and the door panel and then load it up.



This post was edited on 7/28 at 5:38 am


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bbvdd
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re: Gunsafe Refurbish Project Log (Finally Done 8/31)


Very cool





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QuietTiger
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Looks nice, when you gonna fix the leg?
Nice shop by the way.






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