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I'm about to start a project that's a little unusual, and a friend recommended Router Forums as a place to get useful advice for carpentry questions.

This is going to be a cabinet that will camouflage a gun safe I just recently purchased, which is sitting in the corner of the basement waiting to be anchored to the floor and wall. The basement wall has a slight moisture issue, even though it is painted, which I discovered when the veneer of a cheap old bureau that had been stored in this exact location for a year delaminated completely.
No visible water but effervescence has bubbled the wall paint in some spots.

My original plan was to put the safe right against the wall, but I'm worried about it rusting over time, and if I build a cabinet around it, I also worry about a build-up of moisture in the cabinet that would be bad for the cabinet, the safe, and possibly even the guns and ammo.

So the question is, what can I do for this cabinet to minimize the risk of moisture damage?

Not sure if this will help, but I'm planning to build the cabinet to resemble a kitchen pantry cabinet, to go with some old kitchen cabinetry which was converted into a light-duty wood-working/staining/painting space in another part of the basement.

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Hello Dave, welcome to the router forums.
First you should really try to remove the moisture problem,
To check how bad the moisture problem is tape a piece of tin foil to the wall wait 24 hours remove see how moisture is there

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Welcome to the forum Dave. It is hard to stop water from the inside and going back to do it from the outside is expensive. There some water proof concrete mixes that might work. I would go a store that specializes in those type products for the correct info in whether it will work, prep, and application. I would also wait to make sure it is working before I stored my guns there. When you realize it wasn't a good idea it's too late already.

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I 100% agree to remove the moisture issue first, I discovered this first hand. Don't make the same mistake. As some have said there are moisture resistant paints, don't be cheep, get good stuff and put it on heavy. Use a dehumidifier, or two of 'em if you need to. Make sure your sump pump functions properly, or put a hole in the floor and install one.

Remember that all these devises, including the paint can fail. Diligence is your only real answer for that. Also you can place some of those moisture absorbing bags in the safe, and hopefully that will protect your guns, but what about the exterior of your safe, specifically where it contacts the floor? Maybe you can raise that off the floor somewhat, or use rubber pads to isolate it.

Then there is the flooding issue. What happens when you leave for work, the house is empty and for no good reason a pipe bursts and you dont discover it for 10 hours? Or the creek rises, or you're on vacation for 2 weeks?

Honestly I don't think the basement is your best location.

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Check, on all the above! Can you rethink the safe's location, as in not the basement?
Certainly not even close to the walls; maybe in the furnace room (if you have such a space)?
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So the question is, what can I do for this cabinet to minimize the risk of moisture damage?
No brainer. Don't put it in the basement. Bedroom, living room, kitchen, garage, closet, wherever. And put some desiccant thingies inside.

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Wish I could find the thread , but it was a really neat concealed gun cabinet . It was a framed mirror on the wall that had drawer sliders mounted behind it . You slid the mirror to the side and it exposed the cabinet counter sunk into the wall . Anyone else would think it was nothing more than a mirror on the wall

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My solution was a built-in bookcase with hidden panels that conceal the guns. Here in Louisiana if you excavate for a basement you get a swimming pool.

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My solution was a built-in bookcase with hidden panels that conceal the guns. Here in Louisiana if you excavate for a basement you get a swimming pool.
I like the concealed idea the best . Oliver , with your mad skills I'd love to see what you come up with

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