Inexpensive safes

Inexpensive safes

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    Inexpensive safes

    I recently had a contact weld/make me a safe out of 3/8" steel he picked up for me at a local site that cost half price as they were just sitting around. He used a laser cutter he has to make it. I'm sure others could make their own connections and find similiar steel sheets to have welded into a safe.

    The safe weighs 900+ pounds empty, and the inside dimentions for actual storage space measure 2 feet deep, 4 feet wide and 6 feet high. He welded two brackets that mate with the door, and used blind heavy duty hinges. I have the circular locks that don't allow a pair of bolt cutters to be put to them as well.

    Total cost was 300.00 delivered [ I helped get it onto the platform as it took 4 of us to move it on dolly's ]. It's not fireproof, and I'm not concerned about that. I spray painted the front and sides of the steel so it didn't look so rough after it was delivered and in place. A similiar safe of that internal storage size would cost over 1500.00.

    Here's a pic of the safe in it's resting place.

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    Very neat looking and a good idea.

    Now I just have to break out the arc welder.

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    Looks good to me.

    Now you just need to do what a friend does. He hangs a sign on his that says "Caution, gunpowder stored inside" in an attempt to keep anyone from trying to torch through the walls.

    Oh, yeah. He actually does store his powder in there, too.
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    Good idea,
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    Looks like it should serve it's purpose well. Until the BG's come in with a crane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    Very neat looking and a good idea.

    Now I just have to break out the arc welder.
    Yeah, and break out a wall while your at it.

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    I hate to be a downer, but it looks like the hinges are on the outside. Perhaps there is a mechanism I can't see that keeps someone from tapping out the pins?
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    on closer inspection, it looks like maybe fixed pins, so the door has to be open then the whole door lifted?
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    LBrombach;

    The tops of the pin areas are welded permanentlly per my instructions. If I ever need/want to remove the pins and/or door, I'll need a welder in to take them off. I can't see that being necessary while I'm alive, so I had it built that way.

    Good observations and question though, worthy of noting. Thanks for the chance to explain that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzQkr View Post
    LBrombach;

    The tops of the pin areas are welded permanentlly per my instructions. If I ever need/want to remove the pins and/or door, I'll need a welder in to take them off. I can't see that being necessary while I'm alive, so I had it built that way.

    Good observations and question though, worthy of noting. Thanks for the chance to explain that.

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    Cool. Like I said, I really do hate to be a downer (nor did I want to insult your intelligence), but I'd hate for someone to find out something that simple the hard way.
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    LBrombach;

    I've forgotten things less important that this in the past. If I had not considered it and they were vulnerable, think of the heads up you would have given here and potential to fix an oversight. That would have been priceless if it happend to be the case.

    I really do appreciate the heads up, thanks again, it was a good call to ask sir.

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    It is a good looking heavy duty safe.

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    Looks Great. $300. That's a deal.
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    A great use of a small amount of money...clever!

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    most excellent...

    i've spent more than twice that for half the safe!!

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