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Every gun collection has something special that's nice to display, even if it's just your "lucky" deer rifle or the single-shot .22 that was your prize possession as a boy.

Unfortunately, however, most gun cabinets are just plain ugly-large, dark and heavy -- not to mention expensive. And although you're willing to compromise, your wife won't even discuss it.

Now there's an attractive and affordable do-it-yourself option, and nobody has to compromise.

This handsome Craftsman-style gun cabinet not only makes a great-looking home for your collection, it will complement almost any decor.

Made from birch (other woods like oak or maple will work), the project can be finished clear as pictured or stained dark. And although it's compact (about 76 inches tall by 32 inches wide by 18 inches deep), it holds up to seven guns securely locked behind tempered-glass doors.

The lower cabinet, which also locks, features a large shelf and drawer perfect for cleaning supplies and accessories.

The Gun Cabinet plan, No. 875, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, isometric drawings, construction diagrams and a complete shopping list and cutting schedule. A mail-order source for a complete hardware kit is also included.

A package of three gun cabinet plans, No. C124, is $21.95 and includes this project and two others. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $2. Include $3 for postage and handling (except catalog-only orders) and allow about two weeks for delivery.

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