Rifle Rack Plans Free

Here are the rifle rack plans for free- I came up with to display three of my rifles on the wall. It is simple and does not hide the rifle. It is basically two boards with pegs in them. One board has the pegs lower by one inch so the rifles set level. It is not secure, and will not work with a trigger lock, so you have to evaluate your situation before using. That is why I call it a display rack. More guns can be added by lengthening the boards and adding pegs with 5″ on center between them.

Rifle rack plans free display

The boards are 3″ wide, can be 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick. I planed to use oak, but wanted to try out the spacing first so I used some 15mm baltic birch ply I had. It came out nice, so I just stained (Minwax Special Walnut) and lacquered it. I wanted a reddish look to match the rifle stocks. The dowel pegs are 5/8″ hardwood dowel from Home Depot cut 2 1/2″ long and rounded over on one end. They are also flattened on top 1″ This is 3/4″ in from the end (see picture). This is important. It acts as a slight cradle. Without it, the rifle can be easily brushed off the rack by accident.

I used Forstner  bits to drill flat bottom  holes for the pegs and for mounting screws. Holes are drilled 3/8″ deep. Oak buttons cover the screw holes. 5/8″ holes for the pegs and 1/2″ for the screws. The boards are mounted on the wall 16″ apart on center to match the studs in the wall. I find that is a good spacing for the carbines I have, even when using wall anchors. When gluing in the pegs, make sure you have the flat facing up.  Here is the pdf plan for drilling the holes Rifle Rack Plan

 

Get Woodworking Ideas on the Internet

Get woodworking ideas on the internet. I did a demonstration at the Woodworkers of Whittier meeting, showing the usefulness of the internet for the woodworker. It is a great research tool for finding out information. I covered three ways to use it:

Get Ideas, Learn Techniques and Get Information on ToolsToy wood tugboat

Google is the best known way to find information on the internet. What many people don’t know, is that when you do a search, it will also do an image search. Recently I wanted ideas for a toy tugboat. By doing a Google search I got pictures of toy tugboats. Click on the picture and you can get more information . Another popular way to see pictures of woodworking projects, is to go to www.pinterest.com . This is a site where people put together collection of pictures they like from the internet. This is called “pinning”. These collections have themes. One collection I have is “Things I want to make”. You can see other peoples collections and search them.

www.youtube.com is an excellent place to learn woodworking techniques and get ideas. There are probably a million videos there. Some are great and some lousy. Here are a few of the people I follow. Steve Ramsey (does wood projects weekly, John Heisz, Mathias Wandel, The Wood Whisperer, April Wilkerson and Izzy Swan. Most of these people also have associated websites where they post plans. I find if I need a jig for my workshop, doing a search on Youtube finds me someone who has already made one.

The woodworking magazines have websites and Facebook pages where they post free tips, plans and videos. Wood Magazine is a good one. Woodworkers Guild of America often posts free short videos.

Before buying a tool, do a google search for reviews. It will lead you to websites with information on that tool. Also go to www.amazon.com and look up a tool. Even if you don’t buy it there, looking at the reviews is most helpful.

If you have and old tool without an owners manual, do a google search with the make and model number. You can often find a site that has a free manual in pdf format that you can download for free. Craftsman is really good about this.

So, use the internet to help in your woodworking endeavors.