I’ve been on somewhat of a buying spree with antique firearms lately. I’m a low end collector and these are relatively cheap and impractical since ammunition needs to be made from scratch as they are all 1860’s through 1898 in age. (I wouldn’t be surprised if a few became props in my steampunk projects.)
Here’s the gun rack I’ve needed for quite some time to get my firearms out of the closet/basement. It is pine with a “gunstock” colored stain which gives it a red hue like cherry wood. I was trying to match the television stand, but need at least one more coat. I skipped the obligatory black or red felt and went with a black quilted cloth instead which I believe enhances the design. The lower right pic shows the quilting, but the color is slightly distorted by my Edison bulb lighting.
It is 5 feet by 2 feet in size to accommodate the longer barrels of the period. It has brass brackets placed closer together to fit short carbines. I also used peg board for the backboard so I have the option to hang items in various locations If needed. The contact cement used to bond the cloth to the backboard still fills the house. I threw it together using pocket hole screws (the Kreg system). Build time was about 12 hours with an intermittent overnight wait for the stain to dry.
I actually cut the wood for a second, identical gun rack, but only had the room to work on one at a time. The second can wait until I absolutely need it.