| So My intent is on making a gun cabinet, out of poplar. Poplar is
| cheap, stable, and smooth grained. My idea is to build a roughly
| rectangular unadorned cabinet built slightly into the wall so that
| outright removal wouldn't be possible without utterly destroying
| the cabinet. I figure anyone with enough equipment to smash a 1"
| reinforced plank could take care of a metal locker just as easily.
| For dimensions I'm looking at at least 54" high interior space, 6"
| deep, 3 feet wide.
Poplar should work well for you. I used it (and plywood) for the solar
panels shown at <> and it machined well, took TB3 well, and took both
a wipe-on coat of poly (in areas to be exposed to weather) and paint
(interior) without hassle. I pre-drilled for all screws (to fasten
aluminum trim over and around glazing) but am not sure that would be
strictly necessary. It was firm enough that none of the screws
I would expect that it should hold up well for an interior application
like a gun cabinet - but I won't know about my exterior application
for at least another ten years or so...
The old saying is that "locks are only good to keep out honest people
and children" and I tend to agree. A dishonest adult with the right
tools can break into about anything.
| So I guess the front, sides, and top will be poplar, the back and
| bottom will be plywood. As for legs, is there any definite
| advantage to having legs on a cabinet, or is it a matter of
| personal preference? Since I'm building it into the wall I wasn't
| intending on it having legs. As for the hardware, I haven't quite
| figured out how that's going to work, I would very much like a
| locking bar style lock so that forcing the door open without
| turning the lock wouldn't happen.
I'd let the cabinet sit on the floor and design in some drawers for
cleaning equipment, specialized tools, and ammuntion. FWIW, I'd keep
the ammo as close to the floor as could be managed. We all hope never
to have a house fire, but if/when they happen it's a lot better to
have the ammo down low where it'll be coolest (least hot).
DeSoto, Iowa USA