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My step-mother-in-law is looking for a gun safe that looks like a coffee table. She's seen one before but can't find who makes them. She'd like to get it for my wife's father for Christmas.

Apparently, it is solid wood (so it looks like a normal coffee table--you can't tell that it's a gun safe). It has two levels of gun storage. Any ideas of where to find such a contraption?

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Sounds interesting. Let me know if you find out!

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I know AmSec (American Security) makes a safe that looks like a bench. Pretty comfy too. Small enough that a young'un can nap on (or a little Asian skunk like me). The seat (sofa pad or whatever you call it) comes right off and there's a safe underneath. Not exactly a coffee table but somewhat inconspicuous.
 

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Originally posted by The artis formaly Redzone:
I am working on a couch that is a safe. I mean can you see a thief or two trying to relocate out of your own house or apartment? I did'nt think so.
OOH! Can I come over your place once you're done? I'm the kind that likes to feel under seat cushions for spare coins. Hmm, are there any coins under here? Nope, oh, wait, what was that? OOOH! A 1935 Colt commercial .45! Let me look again. Wow! A Series 70! Woo-hoo! I'm rich!


Sorry, got carried away there.



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Anyone with the time, tools, space, skills and imagination can make such things. Any lacking skills can be farmed out. Of course it is not always practical for a lack of one of the elements above, and buying the completed item is the obvious convenience.

While living in the U.K. in an old farmhouse with walls three feet thick (of limestone, shale and cement), I put in some safes next to the bed in order to comply with the laws on "secure storage" for my firearms "license" (everything - pistols, rifles and shotguns - AND ammunition). I concreted them in flush, to be covered with pictures (two) and one (long guns) I concealed under a bookshelf at the head board. The local police who "inspected" it all were most impressed.

When I moved a few years later it took me almost 8 hours of hard work to remove them (and a few hours to refill and refinish the walls).

If you live in an apartment, a piece of heavy furniture is about your only practical option. With some thought and imagination it need not be complicated - and as alternatives to commercial safes/locks there are more than a few ways to construct concealed means of access or opening.

[This message has been edited by LAK (edited 11-27-2001).]
 

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The AmSec might be a good choice, but it doesn't look anything like a coffee table and not really a bench either, but more of a storage trunk or toy chest. It is their Teton model oriented on its back. You can see it on page 16 of their catalog that you have to download from here:
http://www.amsecusa.com/catalog/

If you take a look at the model, also note the amount of steel. The horizontal version has 3/4" steel (uprights have 1") which sounds really good until you read further that the back and side are two separate layers of 1/8" thick. This seems typical for most gun safes. There is no reason for a burglar to go through the door of the safe when he can use a sledge hammer to quickly open up a hole on any other panel.

The same concept holds true for the vault door they sell. They suggest that instead of buying several safes, just get one vault door and secure an entire room in your home. However, unless all the walls of that room are solid brick, rock, steel, or concrete, you just go through the sheetrock.
 

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With some thought and imagination it need not be complicated - and as alternatives to commercial safes/locks there are more than a few ways to construct concealed means of access or opening.
I'd be really interested in hearing how other folks have approached this problem with do it yourself solutions.

Does anyone have links to sites that show these kinds of projects?



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