New reloading room, construction in process


July 22, 2007, 10:09 AM
In a few months the finished project will be unvieled. Knocking out old walls, moving pipes & plumbing, rewiring, and more. Sams Club had the maple butcher block top benches and roll cabinets. Roll cabs slide out from under benches for additional counter space. Allows the storage of ammo and equipment out of view. On order are maple upper kitchen cabinets that will be above the benches.

Still to come is cable TV, computer, electrical outlets, and air lines. Lighting is halogen "can" lights hidden in ceiling. Reloaders will have aluminum and composite quick detach mounting plates. Total cost may run about $3000, hope to have it under budget.

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July 22, 2007, 10:24 AM
Those rolling cabinets are a great idea!

I hope to start looking for a house in about 2 years, and definitely want to account for a reloading area (though likely not a full room) -- something like the setup pictured would be good for out-of-sight/out-of-mind invisibility when the presses etc weren't being used.

I really enjoy all the reloading-bench picture threads -- inspiration for the future.


July 22, 2007, 12:48 PM
I found that shallow cabinets and especially drawers are actually easier to use and keep stuff better organized. With deep cabinets, stuff gets piled on stuff and gets buried. Shallow drawers are one layer deep.

The rolling cabinets will be heavy duty and easy to move. Drawers should be perfect size and have heavy duty rollers.

Looks good. some point you might think about replacing the hard wooden stools with high backed bar stools. They're padded and the high back helps with fatigue.

July 22, 2007, 12:54 PM
Very nice little room!! I like those counter top spaces and rolling bins! That is a GREAT idea! :D

Darth Muffin
July 22, 2007, 01:04 PM
Very nice. I like the rolling cabinets like everyone else.

You should take some sandpaper and a can of rustoleum to that snap-on tool box though. It looks terrible next to all the shiny new stuff.

July 22, 2007, 01:30 PM
Snap-On tool box is an's one of the first roll around bottom boxes ever offered by Snap-On. I think it dates back to the 1940's.

July 22, 2007, 02:06 PM
Nice looking set up.
Here are some things you may consider,

Tons of lights, more than you think you'll ever need.
Run some 1 1/2" PVC pipe for central vac system, it comes in handy for time to time.
Add a line dryer to your compressed air lines

Here is a pic of the way I did a quick release mounting.

Brand of press is unimportant

July 24, 2007, 06:10 PM
very very very nice

July 24, 2007, 07:52 PM
If you have a dedicated reloading space, why would you want quick-release mounting?

I am new to reloading, so please forgive my ignorance.

July 24, 2007, 09:03 PM

A quick release allows you to use the bench for other firearm related uses such as cleaning and minor gunsmithing. It's nice to have easy options for what ever your needs may be in the future, and you don't have a bunch of holes drilled in your bench.

July 24, 2007, 09:06 PM
That is going to be a sweet setup. My older son moved out several months ago and the wife let me have his old room to set up in. Computer, reloading bench, safe, etc. I like it. :)

July 25, 2007, 05:35 AM
Expanding on donttellthewife[U]'s input. Nice hard wood is great at
handling compression and abrasion but will split if torque is continuously
applied perpendicular to the grain. A reloading press through-bolted to the
edge of an oak bench is perfect at this. The only surer recipe for splitting
is a hammer and ax. Note how [U]donttellthewife nicely avoids this
problem in the design of his quick-release mounts.

July 25, 2007, 07:39 AM
Very nice.
One suggestion I would make is to put a commercial type metal door to the room. The kind with the metal door frame. I got one for free from a commercial contractor but I had to buy the frame for $40. It had a few dents in it but a little bondo and paint and its good as new. With the type dead bolt lock it has it is pretty much break proof for the common thief. Picking the lock is about the only way in.

Again nice job.

July 26, 2007, 05:09 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. donttellthewife, I like the central vacuum idea.....thats' now on my list. Hope to have it done by September.

July 26, 2007, 09:53 PM
My central vac consists of a shop vac in another room of the out building. I ran a 12/2 wire taped to the PVC pipe with a switch in the reloading room to remotely turn it on and off. Kind of a poor mans central vac, but it works well.

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