How to Build a Wooden 3-Gun Rack

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This sturdy gun rack is constructed from solid walnut lumber.  It provides a perfect way to display your favorite rifles.  A self has been added to store ammunition and other related items for rifles.  It can easily be mounted in your den with just four wood screws.  Also, it can easily be made in a short period of time, and with a minimum of woodworking equipment and knowledge.  The step by step construction method is easy to follow, and you will gain much satisfaction, and save money, by making it yourself. Also See: Original Gun Rack Plan

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Technical Information for Building a Wooden 3-Gun Rack

A. Materials List:

1 A TOP 3/4" X 4 9/16" X 23" WALNUT Walnut

Black Walnut

2 B SIDES 3/4" X 5 1/2" X 26 1/2"  WALNUT
1 C SHELF BACK 3/4" X  5" X 23" WALNUT
1 D SHELF  3/4" X 5 1/2" X 23" WALNUT

B. Patterns:

  1. Scale the front (A) and the sides (B) to the drawing dimension sizes.
  2. This can be accomplished by measuring the length of front (A) on the print out with a ruler and dividing that measurement into the dimension on the drawing.  Be very precise with your measurement. 
  3. This will give a multi-factor that can be used to figure the enlargement size for the patterns (A) and (B).  This multi-factor should be 5.3.
  4. This can be easily done at home if you have a printer capable of making enlargements.  If not, most companies that do duplicating can make the enlargements required for the patterns.
  5. Trace the patterns onto poster board or Mylar and cut out with a pair of scissors.
  6. Finally, trace the patterns onto the wood.

C. Cutting Procedures:

  1. This project will require two walnut boards.  One ¾” x 12” x 7’, and the second ¾” x 6” x 2’.
  2. Joint one edge of each board. 
  3. Use a radial arm saw to cut all pieces to their required lengths.
  4. Use a table saw to rip all pieces to their required widths.
  5. Use a band saw to cut out the shapes for the top (A) and the sides (B).

D. Preliminary Sanding Procedures:

  1. Use a spindle sander to sand the shapes of the top (A) and the sides (B).
  2. Use an orbital sander with 80 grit sandpaper to rough sand all parts (A – D).
  3. Hand-sand the shapes and crevices where the spindle sander was unable to reach. 

E. Assembly and Gluing Procedures:

  1. Apply wood glue on the ends of the top (A) and align the top between the sides (B).  This alignment should be 1” down from the top of the sides and flush with the back edges. 
  2. Use a nail gun with 2” nails to secure top and sides.
  3. Glue and nail the shelf (D) flush with the bottom of sides (B).
  4. Glue and nail the shelf back (C) on top of the shelf (B) and flush with the back edges of the sides (B).
  5. Use two bar clamps to secure the gun rack assembly.  One clamp at the top and one clamp at the bottom of the sides (B).
  6. Clean up any excess glue with a damp rag and allow the glue to dry over night.

F. Final Sanding Procedures:

  1. Use plastic wood dough to fill all nail holes, and cracks.
  2. Allow the wood dough to dry.
  3. Use an orbital sander with 120 grit sandpaper to sand the gun rack.
  4. Use an orbital sander with 220 grit sandpaper to sand the gun rack.
  5. Hand-sand all edges with 220 grit sandpaper.
  6. Use a tack rag to remove all sanding dust.

G. Finish Procedures:

  1. If stain is desired, apply with a brush and allow it to penetrate for 5-10 minutes, and then remove with a clean rag.
  2. Allow the stain to dry for 6 hours.
  3. Apply a second stain coating if the first coat is not dark enough.
  4. Allow the stain to dry over night.
  5. Apply a clear coat of Polyurethane with a pure-bristle brush and allow it to dry over night.
  6. Lightly hand-sand the finish with 220 grit sandpaper.
  7. Use a tack rag to remove all sanding dust.
  8. Apply a second coat of Polyurethane finish.
  9. Allow the finish to dry for 24 hours.

Congratulations, your wooden 3-gun rack is finished and ready to display your rifles.

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