This DIY Mosin Nagant crate table would be the perfect addition to any man cave.
Thanks to AR15.com user Spikes08, you can now build your very own Mosin Nagant crate table to put your rifles on display. This is a great project for any gun enthusiast who likes to work with their hands or wants a cool way to show off some of their collection.
The best part about this project is the flexibility to put your own spin on it. Use these pictures as a guide, but don’t be afraid to add your own twist on the design. That may actually be necessary since Mosin Nagant crates are not as readily available as they once were. If you can’t track one down for a reasonable price, there are other options. Wooden military surplus crates of other types could be substituted for the crate shown in this article’s pictures.
Army surplus stores can be a good place to check as well as online sources such as Sportsman’s Guide or Ebay. Just make sure that the crate you choose is long enough for the rifles you want to display. This utility chest would be a great alternative option for rifles under 46 inches in total length, such as the M44 Carbine model of the Mosin Nagant rifle.
With a little imagination, and some hard work, you will have a finished table that you can be proud to show off.
This is what the crate looked like after the builder finished painting it. He elected to paint around the existing markings on the crate, but another method could be to stencil the markings back on after painting. This is obviously a more involved process, but ensures you get a uniform color over the entire surface. If you look closely at the picture, you will see a slightly different shade of green around the markings. Home improvement stores offer paint matching services, but they aren’t always exact.
This is a preview of what the Mosin Nagant crate table will look like with rifles on display. The rifles in this picture are M44 Carbines. Original Russian Mosin Nagant crates can hold up to 20 rifles for storage, but a fewer number of rifles is better for this project. This is just another area where you can customize the table for your specific tastes.
The builder of this specific Mosin Nagant crate table came across some inert hand grenades at an army surplus store and decided to use them as legs for his table. This wound up being a really cool touch, but isn’t completely necessary. There is no denying that it looks really cool though!
Adding lighting is a great way to add an extra dimension of awesome-ness to your Mosin Nagant crate table project. There are a ton of different lighting options that would work in a table like this and most of them are pretty affordable. Do a little shopping around and decide what would work best for you. Of course, leaving out the lighting is a perfectly acceptable option as well.
Add a lock for safety and to keep your rifles secure. This is a very cheap and easy addition to the table and doesn’t take anything away from the looks. A glass top can be ordered to size from just about any glass supply company. You may want to get a buddy to help install the glass top. It can be a delicate operation and an extra set of hands will come in handy.
After some creative decorating on the inside, this is a look at the finished product from above. If you build this table, you will finally have something to do with those extra ammo holders and stripper clips that any Mosin collector has plenty of. For a full breakdown on building this Mosin Nagant crate table, click here.
All photos via AR15.com.