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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-20-2011, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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Reloading Bench - Options?

I know - i know - what ever floats your boat.

Long story short, I need to build a bench. Looking for study and at least six feet long.

What are you guys using? Pictures are really neat (helpful).
I want to do this once. So having ideas really helps the design and planning stage.

Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-20-2011, 09:05 AM
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Re: Reloading Bench - Options?

My wife bougt a workbench from home depot for 100 bucks for me awhile back. I have two single stage presses and a small vice and my brass tumbler comfortably situated. It has two drawers, two deep shelves, and a inch and a half laminated top. Heavy gauge steel.. works well. That all to get you started.

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Re: Reloading Bench - Options?

Really depends on what you want to make of it. Mine is in the basement that doesn't see anybody but me. I just made a frame out of 2x4's, and covered it with a piece of 3/4" plywood. I don't mind putting holes in the top.

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Here's the Cadillac of reloading benches:

http://www.shotgunsportsmagazine.com...ench_plans.pdf
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Re: Reloading Bench - Options?

Cool.

Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.
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Re: Reloading Bench - Options?

I posted these before but you might not have seen them. I started with one of those folding Craftsman benches. I still only have my press mounted to the counter top. The bench itself was left in a house I bought in MI and I moved it with me back here because it's built so well. Just make sure you have plenty of storage around as stuff really seems to add up.





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Re: Reloading Bench - Options?

I like to keep it simple. But always go heavy duty. Heavier than you would think. I also went with an A-faced piece of 3/4" plywood for the surface. I use spacers in the shelves that can be moved right and left so I can make my shelves wider if I want. Personally I do not like cabinets. Not enough storage. Or you have to store things too high, plus I don't like doors on the cabinets. I like to easily see what I have on well sized shelves. A center support under your presses is also a very good thing. Tom.



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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-24-2012, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Reloading Bench - Options?

What I ended up with. Built last October.






Cantilever base. Need to put one more piece of plywood across the 2x4's where my bags are and move to the other side. Still putting the basement back together after another project.

Press is mounted on a sandwiched 2x10 covered in luean (sp).

Back is made of all the lighter lumber off the skid. The metal rack a donation from a good friend.

Main area is 30" x 69". Oddball dimensions, but it is what I had to work with.

Sturdy and it all breaks down if I need to move it out of the basement. I think 12 screws and lag blots do it.

Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.
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Please tell me you don't smoke while you're loading Shells?

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-24-2012, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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No - not even close.




No smoking area when operational. Been a while since it was operational. That to be fixed soon.

Actually, I had just finished uncovering it as it was the catch all point during a basement rehab project. Prior the dust and more dust... the brown was white. The tools and other clutter took a while to get through.

Just where it ended up in the sorting.


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