Doh !

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by straightshooter, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. straightshooter

    straightshooter Well-Known Member

    Well since reading the thread about where to keep ammo I decided to build a cabinet for my ammo. So I measured the height of my safe so the cabinet would be same height. I measured and had an easy two foot of space for the width so I made my rough plans.
    I had two sheets of plywood and enough 2x4 boards left over from taking down the old bullet stop which was enough to build it. The plywood even had a few bullets stuck in it. All was well weathered also.
    So I built the cabinet 2 foot deep and wide with 59 inch height. I hadn't installed the door yet. I used wood screws I had left over { 1000} from I have no idea what project. I have a tendency to buy way more than I need for some reason. I guess I don't want to come up short before project is done. There isn't a nail in the whole cabinet.
    Now comes the DOH! I forgot the opening to the closet is only 23" wide. The dang cabinet is not going to fit through the dang opening. I repeated the same four letter word several times along with a few "dumb ass" comments following that. I was wondering how much a saws all costs and was I going to cut the closet opening bigger or cut the cabinet down. Figured I would be better to cut on the cabinet not the house walls.
    Turns out I was glad I used screws because I removed and reinstalled the screws back two inches. Popped a chalk line and had at it with the circular saw on the front edge door opening. Took me a couple hours but now the cabinet is 22 inches depth.
    I had two old old quart cans of walnut stain and polyurethane left over from some old project, again bought more than I needed I guess. I used up both and figured I would paint the door with cheapo black gloss spray paint so it would match the safe a little more.
    Well now comes another DOH !
    Supposedly paint doesn't stick to polyurethane to well. I was just going to use cheapo $.99 indoor/outdoor spray paint from Wally's. The stain and the poly soaked in like the wood was a sponge which didn't surprise me since the wood had been outside for maybe 3 years. So I am thinking the paint could possibly stick to the wood. The finish isn't near being a smooth filled gloss finish. Actually I think it might have just sealed it better for painting. So tomorrow I will find out if the paint will stick to the door first in case I have to sand it off.
    It amazes me I actually built this house mostly myself and it came out pretty darn good for someone that had to learn at the library how to frame a house, plumb and wire it. I do have a few screw ups but not noticeable except to an experienced builder or inspector. Twenty three years and it still is standing and not falling apart. If only I could build a cabinet now!
  2. rm_mdl60

    rm_mdl60 Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a fun project!

  3. straightshooter

    straightshooter Well-Known Member

    Well after all the hoopla it is done and holding ammo. My 1000 rnds of 9mm came today which makes my total about 4500 rnds of 9mm. I didn't think I had that much. All the ammo was crammed into the safe so I really didn't know how much of different calibers I had.
    I am sort of wondering if since I have more space in my safe now does that mean I might buy more guns to fill it back up? I am going to say no but ya'll know how that no goes.
    I thought it was sort of neat how many faces and things can be seen in the wood on the front door. Look at the pic and see what you see. I can see at least 9 faces and what looks like a mouse looking through a hole.
    In the house I grew up in the upstairs bathroom door had a wood grain picture of a woman in a big flowing dress. When you sat on the pot you could see the image. LOL many people visiting saw and commented on the image. Got to love wood grain for its beauty.

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  4. rm_mdl60

    rm_mdl60 Well-Known Member

    Looking good! Looks like the shelves at walmart as of late :) still no .22 though :(
  5. Gumpy

    Gumpy AKA Richard Prestage

    Sounds like you had fun with your building project! Lol. The good thing about doing something for yourself is that you make no mistakes, just modifications!
  6. 28Shooter

    28Shooter Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

    "No mistakes, just modifications" - I like that! Looks good Straightshooter, much nicer than my .30/.50 caliber ammo box system.
  7. Mauserhooked

    Mauserhooked Well-Known Member

    Looks good, straightshooter! I did notice that the height of your ammo storage cabinet appears to be about .00001" higher than your safe so you need to take care of that ;). Seriously, I need to a project like yours. Got too much ammo stacked in crates and cans in my garage....
  8. straightshooter

    straightshooter Well-Known Member

    lol I noticed the .00001 higher corner also. I am done with the modifications though. I like that........modifications not mistakes. I really need find a ruler that doesn't stretch so I don't have to make so many modifications.
    The biggest reason I wanted to build a cabinet was because the 9mm was stacked pretty high and the boxes on bottom were taking a lot of weight. I was afraid that weight might distort the shells. I know in trucking industry pistons and cylinders can't be stored on their sides because it distorts them and possibly can't be used then. So now I can sleep without worrying. LOL yeah right, my head hits the pillow I am snoring.
    I guess I am only one that can see the images. A friend said she didn't see the images either. I immediately see it every time I look at it.
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