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reloading started with me at age 10, 1967
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reloading started with me at age 10, 1967
olskool, you have a dream set up. A perfect man cave set up for reloading, and an inventory that beats out a lot of gun stores. I know I am not the only one to envy that set up you have. Maybe if I hit the lotto someday I'll copy you and have my man cave built in a similar fashion.
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Hey fellerz,

Just ran across this and thought I would share for all those guys that want to make a bench but are pondering the supplies and stuff.

http://shotgunsportsmagazine.com/dow...ench_plans.pdf
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Oh yeah and its damn fine instructions lol. Lays out your cut patterns and everything ahead of time to save on timber. I wish I had this when I build my workshop. It was all trial and error and lots of trimming and waste.
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I love this idea for holding dies and plates!
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Here is my after shot. Bench fils up quickly.



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Kennedy. Hard to find for a decent price. And you have the middle drawer set as well.
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I dunno, I've never been much for guns. I mean, sure, we have the usual gun by the door, another near the TV, one in the kitchen, and another in the bedroom...and several others laying around. For the most part though, we keep our home free of guns. We are peace loving folks.
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Nothing as nice as move of your, but this will have to do till April when I move back to Va. and have a garage.
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Just moved, so had to set up the new garage. Excuse the dust, it's still a work in progress

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Found this one at IKEA on sale for $149. It's solid birch wood, heavy as hell and doesn't move. It comes with floor anchors and wall mounts but I rent so haven't anchored it. With all the loading supplies weighing it down I don't think mounting is needed ever.




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We just purchased our first house, and I just built this. Hoping to have my press set back up this weekend!


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Attachment 294783like I said ... Slowly working on mine.

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Here's a tip, polo. Since you already laminated the top (I would have made it thicker as a double layer, but too late now really, but that is OK), you can give it a nice edge. Whatever the wood is on top as the veneer (assuming it is veneer ply, otherwise you can use the best quality pine you can find), you buy some 1x2's in that wood. Miter and install as edging. It will make the top look thicker as well as hide the ply edging, and make everything a bit tougher.

Gives the table a much more finished look.

As another tip, and consider doing this anyways, red oak isn't too expensive at the home depot and makes for a MUCH better edging. I've done doug fir, ash, poplar, red oak, and pine for edging like this and red oak by far gives the toughest edge. Ash is great too and might be better in this case unless your top is already oak.

Miter looks better than a butt joint. And you can choose to add a roundover via router but it is absolutely not needed. A chamfer looks really nice as a finish too and only needs 10 passes with a hand plane. Also a square edge is just fine.

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If you can take the top off, here's a trick:

Take the top off, lay some .75" MDF under it. glue together, then trim with a patternmaker bit. Then laminate the 1x2 edging.

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Here's a really slick tip, and what I did with my own bench:

take that top off. Glue down some 1/2" MDF. Then cut a piece of 1/4" MDF or hardboard to size. Where your press is gonna go, cut out an 8"x8" square. Or roughly so. Glue in place, and trim flush with a patternmaker bit.

Then buy a roughly 8"x8" plate of mild steel and glue in place. Epoxy or silicone, doesn't really matter. It will be captured in place at the end of the day and never move. Weak is OK. Laminate the top with your 3/4" veneer ply (or void-free, I cant tell what you have there, and it doesn't matter). Then skin the edges with your 1x2 of a hard wood.

To mount your press, mark the holes and drill the ply with a slightly oversized bit. It will hit the metal and you stop. Then, swap drills for one that is the right size for a 1/4-20 tap, or 5/16-24, or whatever thread you want to use, it makes no difference. Best to use the maximum size that fits of course. Drill the metal all the way through the table and then tap the metal.

Use machine screws to secure the press. it will sandwich the press and steel plate around the ply.

it will be SOLID.

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Old 01-10-2014, 9:20 PM
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Thanks for the tip white rabbit ...I like your idea ...I used red oak ply .. But I can add another red oak ply and the 1x2 edge .. Slow project ...Next weekend ill have time off .. Thanks again.
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.. what was I thinking, totally have to update with to the "girls with guns" theme.

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red oak, perfect. just like my workbench.

If you have to buy material, I suggest MDF. it is dimensionally stable and cheaper than fine ply. it's the under-layer. And of course red oak for the edging.

My workbench has survived countless woodworking projects, torch, hot pans, multiple meetings with molten lead, half the chemicals available at Home Depot, and even pig's blood.

Can't beat red oak ply with a good finish sealer.
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This is probably the most compact reloading bench you'll see...

This is the press, swager, and trimmer on one wood block, clamped down solid to a bench.




i have powders in a "safe" location, separate from primers.

This is where my dies, puller, calipers, scale, etc are stored, right behind the bench i sit on when i reload.


This is the cleaned brass in containers


These brass are in some sort of stage in the brass prep.


This is where the bullets and primers are stored, under the bench i sit on when reloading.
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Welding bench?????????



or Reloading Bench?????????????




Its both. haha
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elite bench.jpg
this one i built for the local gun shop all steel about 300 lbs
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this is mine in my livingroom
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Gunpowder. And PAM cooking spray. On your welding bench
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Hey. It works! lol!

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Well here's my setup. It started out small back in the 70's and has grown to this, and I really need more room. This is in my garage. When I get the shop built behind my house all of this will be moved into it and there will be even more stuff like a second bench and lots of cabinets to keep everything in. Right now it's pretty crowded.
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Here are some more.
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My little set up....pretty happy with her! I mean it...
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my bench
I haven't been reloading that long but i'm doing .40SW, .223 and .308
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Nice jchappies.. Where did you get those bins and brackets attached to the edge of the bench?
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that's perfect. I see the blank wall off to the left and think that's where all the junk is gonna go as it accumulates. You've got nice expansion room as the reloading stuff grows.

And grows.
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I thought mine was small. The plate is drilled for a Zip Trim, just not mounted during loading.
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I little grey bins I got off of Amazon for 6 for 10.00. the white bin hanger I got at home depot for 8.00 for 48inches (I cut it in half)
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I thought mine was small. The plate is drilled for a Zip Trim, just not mounted during loading.
if you get some of jchappies bin rack from home depot and cut it into 1.5" pieces, you can bolt it to your press post and hang 10 more bins right off the post, 5 on each side. Wouldn't need to reload next to a table so you can set your brass down
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I promise there are two RCBS Rock Chuckers in the photo.
If I look close enough and try to zoom in, there may be something that looks like it could be a tumbler. But I get distracted again. Nice setup!
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Alot of good looking and versatile benches. Gave me alot of good ideas.

If there are any San Diego people that need good counter tops for benches I have office cubicle tops that are thick and has a good formica finish.
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Looking solid there Germz! Glad to see others like to build furniture here. Can't wait to see it done
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Thanks for the compliments. This was my first time ever building a bench. Proof that if you watch enough YouTube anything is within reach!

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Thought I would throw my little setup into the fray. Just put this together - I ended up using the Kobalt bench from Lowe's. Overall I am very happy with the product. Here a few observations:

- It will take you a solid three hours to assemble. Also I don't know if this applies to the stainless version, but the screws they provide are a little on the cheap side, and I had a hard time getting them started with the powdercoat paint. I had to resort to using a tap & die to make things easier.

- The light is fairly bright, but it shines right in your eyes as you are working and is distracting. It would have been better if they made some kind of hood that shields it a bit

- The bottom shelf won't support a lot of weight without buckling. I had to place 2x4s to support the weight of bullets/primers

- The included wood working top is a cheap particle board. Works ok, but at some point I plan to upgrade to butcher's block. I also had to mount L brackets to better support the entire unit.

- Its a pretty small working space if you have both single & AP presses. My dilemma was that I am limited to a small space for reloading & had to figure out a way to mount 2 presses, a power case prep center, and a Dillon swage on one bench. My solution was the Inline Fabrication products. I have a quick change setup that allows me to use one ultramount for all three products. Of course I would prefer to have a full sized bench & more room, but this getup works fairly well for me.

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Looks great! I'm building something similar..
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