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    Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    I have been looking to buy one back in days but since welding becomes my hobby i am thinking to build one by my self.
    So the main question for now is where i can get this lock mechanism? i tried google it "Vault lock mechanism" etc. nothing close ( . any one have been dealing with this kinda stuff or have any suggestion ?
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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    I built one years ago and used a vault door that the home owner found at an auction. It was originally in a bank and cost him only a couple hundred bucks back then. I would check on ebay for used ones. Make sure it has the combination as they sell both ways, with and with out combo.

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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    If it doesn't have the combo with the door a half way decent lock smith (aka a safe cracker) can easily figure it out for you especially since they will have access to the back side of the door.
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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    This older thread gives you an idea of what one of those types of locking system might look like.

    http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php...-storm-shelter
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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    Not to rain on the parade, but if the room is conventionally framed, is it really worth spending $$$$$ on a Fort Knox-level lock and door if someone can simply take a 16 oz. hammer (or even just a utility knife) and bust out the drywall between two studs and walk through? In that case, the elaborate lock and vault door will simply alert them that there's something valuable inside worth the 20 minutes it will take to make a new doorway through the drywall...stealth is more your friend than illusions of armor, IMHO...

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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    one would think the rest of the room will be hardened to be as close to the security the door offers..one would think, but not always the case..A friend has a gun shop and has " safe rooms" to store the guns when closed, all the walls have alarm wires embedded in them, so if you cut the walls the alarm sounds for the police to come, he said nothing will stop them, you just have to slow them down long enough to get caught..and when the gun store alarm goes off, the police get there quick, 5 minutes or less..so you wouldnt have much time to take much...and in 30 plus years..no break ins...
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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    i have a diebold combination lock and bolt lever that came off this safe. i might be persuaded into letting it go if you're interested.
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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    I agree that the door is useless if the rest of the room isn't hardened. Even a thin layer of 16 or 18 gauge steel under the sheetrock would be enough. It might also save your valuables in the event of a fire by buying you some time for the fire department to put out the blaze. This post reminded me of the super-cool gun room that "Bert" had in the original movie Tremors. It was a concrete basement and all the firearms were mounted in recesses in the walls and were behind lockable glass.
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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    My family runs a sporting goods shop and it seems to me that nearly all the gun safes have the same brand lock.

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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    I fabricated something similar for a secure tool shop door a number of years back. I'll take some pix and post.
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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    Why not just buy an extra tall gun safe and cut the back off, weld channels to the sides and top and set it into your concrete block wall just like a steel doorjamb?
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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    They do make them. Here's one called 'SnapSafe'. A bit pricey, but designed for just what you've described. http://www.deansafe.com/snapsafe-vault-door.html
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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    Just put up a convincing fake door on a blind wall and leave the guns under a bed.
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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldendum View Post
    Just put up a convincing fake door on a blind wall and leave the guns under a bed.
    I like it - leads to a brick basement wall
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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    I installed one of those vault doors on a GSA project, IIRC the door alone was right around $6k and weighed a good 3-400lbs. I think it came from Brown Safe.

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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    If you come to Ontario, Canada with a trailer I'll sell you a door like that.

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    Re: Project in mind to build "Vault Door" for gun room

    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbytime View Post
    one would think the rest of the room will be hardened to be as close to the security the door offers..one would think, but not always the case..A friend has a gun shop and has " safe rooms" to store the guns when closed, all the walls have alarm wires embedded in them, so if you cut the walls the alarm sounds for the police to come, he said nothing will stop them, you just have to slow them down long enough to get caught..and when the gun store alarm goes off, the police get there quick, 5 minutes or less..so you wouldnt have much time to take much...and in 30 plus years..no break ins...
    My neighbor owned a gunshop in a strip mall for years. He did lots of armoring of the windows and front and back doors in addition to alarms on all entry points, but no motion sensors (too many false alarms). Then thieves broke into the salon next door and went through the wall between them and made off with a bunch of guns. AFAIK they were never caught.
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