Would this be stable enough for reloading?


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dracphelan
October 28, 2005, 01:13 PM
I'm looking at getting into reloading (30.06 and 45 ACP), and I know I need a sturdy bench to work from. I have wall mounted shelving unit/desk similar to this:
http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml?CATID=74561&PRODID=10012793

It has held a 27" TV with no problems. Would it be sturdy enough for reloading?

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Murphster
October 28, 2005, 01:19 PM
I'm no engineer, but I'd have to vote that it's not sturdy enough. If you put support from the shelf to the floor directly beneath the press, it might work.
It's not just a weight issue, you'd be bearing down on the handle of your press thousands and thousands of time.

dracphelan
October 28, 2005, 01:36 PM
In that case, I will need to build something. Anyone have any plans for a simple reloading bench?

duckslayer
October 28, 2005, 02:11 PM
For $5 you can get the booklet from the national reloading manufacturers assn. http://www.reload-nrma.com/

I just built a table with 4x4 legs, 2x6 box frame, and a 2x12 for the table top.

The container store thing would not be strong enough to handle the torque you would put on it with a press.

dracphelan
October 28, 2005, 02:16 PM
I just built a table with 4x4 legs, 2x6 box frame, and a 2x12 for the table top.

The container store thing would not be strong enough to handle the torque you would put on it with a press.

Actually, with that information, you gave me enough to build one. :D

Jeeper
October 28, 2005, 02:17 PM
A lot of the force on the table comes when you are pulling the handle upwards removing the case from the die. This would dislodge the shelf. Just make a simple 2x4 frame and screw it into the wall. That or buy a cheap workbench from Lowes and do the same.

duckslayer
October 28, 2005, 02:19 PM
Glad I could help.

larryw
October 28, 2005, 04:42 PM
A friend uses wingnuts to bolt his press onto a Black and Decker Workmate. Not ideal and it did take some work for him to figure out how to weigh it down (dumbells on the cross-legs) and keep stable (against a wall with a towel hanging over the edge to protect the paint), but it works just fine for him.

He folds it up and puts it away when done. As he lives in Berkley, where only Sean Penn is permitted to have firearms, that is important. :rolleyes:

Vern Humphrey
October 28, 2005, 04:50 PM
For $5 you can get the booklet from the national reloading manufacturers assn. http://www.reload-nrma.com/

I just built a table with 4x4 legs, 2x6 box frame, and a 2x12 for the table top.

The container store thing would not be strong enough to handle the torque you would put on it with a press.

You can substitute 3/4" plywood for the top -- that's what I do.

I also have a chest of drawers -- a small one, made of solid maple. It's GI issue, and was bought at surplus property disposal for about a dollar. I mounted a Lyman Spar-T press on it, and a powder measure, and use the drawers for dies and components.

R.W.Dale
October 28, 2005, 05:08 PM
You can substitute 3/4" plywood for the top -- that's what I do.

I also have a chest of drawers -- a small one, made of solid maple. It's GI issue, and was bought at surplus property disposal for about a dollar. I mounted a Lyman Spar-T press on it, and a powder measure, and use the drawers for dies and components.

I too use a GI surplus desk with the center drawer removed, I also have a homade Quick release for my press In case I buy another press or just want access to all of the drawers.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96/krochus/Hpim0449.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96/krochus/Hpim0450.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96/krochus/Hpim0451.jpg

Vern Humphrey
October 28, 2005, 05:14 PM
I too use a GI surplus desk with the center drawer removed, I also have a homade Quick release for my press In case I buy another press or just want access to all of the drawers.

Surplus GI furniture is the best-kept secret of the reloading game -- if there's a surplus property disposal facility near you, it pays to visit it every now and then.

MNgoldenbear
October 30, 2005, 01:55 AM
I've done the Black & Decker Workmate thing. Bolted the presses to chunks of wood, then C-clamped the wood blocks to the Workmate. Worked great in apartments in Hayward and Sac. It was actually pretty stable, and very portable. Not ideal, but if you have no space and can't devote a room to loading full-time, it's not a bad option. Loaded LOTS of rounds on this set-up (10-20k). Nice to be out of the Socialist Republic of California, though. But it will always be home (sigh).

redloki
October 30, 2005, 10:07 AM
Thats a nifty idea krochus. My press it mounted to 1/4 plate steel as well but it is welded to the bench. I may in the future if I ever add another press incorperate your quick release idea.

baker1425
October 30, 2005, 01:18 PM
I had as much fun planning and building my reloading bench as I do planning a load.

heres what a quick google turned up on plans
http://www.ray-vin.com/tech/cornerbench.htm

good luck

JA
October 30, 2005, 04:18 PM
Here is a pic of my bench. It is a kitchen counter top with 2"x6"s screwed on the bottom of it with 2-2"x4" screwed together to make 4"x4" legs. Bolted the legs to the bench with 4" long 4"x4" pieces of angle iron.

http://www.gunsnet.net/album/data//500/966Reloading_Bench1-med.JPG

The back splash is really great as nothing can roll off the back of the bench and the smooth finish makes clean up of powder/primer spills real easy. You can go to any cabinet shop and they will let you dig any counter top you want out of their dumpster for free. 99.9% of them are in perfect shape as most women want new counter tops not because they are damaged in some way but because they want to change the color or type finish of the counter tops in their kitchen.

skag7
November 8, 2005, 08:58 AM
I would recommend Sears, they have 5 draw work benches that go on sale for around $99.00 you just have to watch the adds, I have 2 of them 1 (5 ) draw 1 (2) draw with lower shelfs very sturdy, the 5 draw has 3 lee pro 1000 presses mounted on it 357mag 44 mag & 45 auto rim , the other one is for gun maintance( cleaning) and what ever:)

bfox
November 9, 2005, 01:11 AM
WWW.hammerzone.com has plans for a simple workbench
under project archives at the bottom of the page .

Good Luck , Bill

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