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Cabinet adds grace to gun collection

Whether it's your lucky deer rifle, the single-shot .22 that your dad gave you as a kid or Grandpa's old double-barrel shotgun, every gun collection has something special to display. Unfortunately, however, most gun cabinets are large, dark and heavy, not to mention expensive.

There's an attractive and affordable do-it-yourself alternative to settling on something you (and your spouse) don't really like. This classic Craftsman-style gun cabinet makes a handsome home for your collection and looks great with almost any decor.

Made from birch as pictured (other woods will work), the project can be finished clear or stained dark. It is relatively compact (about 76 inches tall by 32 inches wide by 18 inches deep), but holds up to seven guns securely locked behind tempered-glass doors. The lower cabinet, which also locks, features a large shelf and drawer perfect for accessories and supplies.

The Gun Cabinet plan, No. 875, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, isometric drawings, construction diagrams, a complete shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions. A mail-order source for a complete hardware kit is also included.

A package of three gun cabinet plans, No. C124, is $21.95 and includes this project and two others. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $2. Please include $4 for postage and handling (except catalog-only orders) and allow about two weeks for delivery.

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