New Reloading Bench


April 11, 2010, 07:54 AM
New Reloading Bench

Time has finally come to replace my rickety old 2x4 bench with the new one. Legs are 2x6 double lagged, framing is 2x4, top is 3/4" birch plywood, and bottom shelf is 1/2" birch plywood. Everything is lagged with either 5/16" or 3/8" lag bolts with top glue down as well.

Tried staining the top of the bench for the first time with red oak stain, still have to apply the satin polyurethane finish.

Bench is 24"x48" for semi-portable use in an apt (I can move it when I move).

6 coats of polyurethane on the top, and 3 coats on the bottom. RCBS Trim Pro, Hornady LNL AP, and two Mec 600s mounted.

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April 11, 2010, 07:56 AM
Finished Pictures

April 11, 2010, 08:29 AM
Looks very sturdy! Nice job:)

April 11, 2010, 10:27 AM
Barr, I just showed my wife your set up and admired your "Dirty Harry" picture. I've been told that when I clean up my workshop/loading room to look like yours, she'll buy me one. Now you're on my S list. Seriously you did a nice job on your bench and should be proud of it, and I shall continue to work in my den of filth. :)

April 11, 2010, 10:35 AM
loadedround, you should see the other side of the room. It's a real work in progress. I tried to keep most of the junk out of the picture. I got so tired of the stacks of cardboard boxes I wanted a new bench and included a shelf to get most of the clutter out of the way.

April 11, 2010, 05:52 PM
looks good.


April 11, 2010, 06:54 PM
That's a great looking bench. Now you're making me wish I had some power tools...


April 11, 2010, 07:00 PM
Only power tool used was a drill.

April 11, 2010, 09:20 PM
Congrats on your ingenuity and effort to create a nice plus useful tool.

As hinted earlier, go light on the clean area posts. Significant others may see you pics and think the rest of the world keeps a clean work area:evil:.

April 11, 2010, 09:42 PM
Hm... ok, now you've got me thinking. I do have a good drill, actually. So how did you manage the lumber cuts?

The reason i'm so interested - I also live in a space-constrained apt, and the Sauder student desk i'm using is just too flimsy. Your project has me brainstorming again.


April 11, 2010, 10:03 PM
Very nice! Way too neat and tidy. My bench is 4'x8' and I still don't have room for everything.

April 11, 2010, 11:45 PM
In a word, Lowes. I had them precut all of the lumber I would need except for 3-4 pieces that I handcut with a compass saw. Can sketch up some kind of basic plan if anyone is interested. This was kind of a brainstorming exercise how other people had done theirs in the past and what I could come up with myself. I kept asking myself, "How much stronger can I make it without significantly increasing the weight/cost?"

Total cost of the project is around $150 maybe less depending on what you use. I bought a little nicer studs and paid more for the birch plywood. I could have used cheap screws but I used lag bolts to better carry the flexing of the frame. There are over 80 2" cabinet screws in the frame, 12x 3/8" lag bolts, and 30x 5/16" lag bolts. All bolts are countersunk and the top is glued in place as well. There are 120" of 2x6s, 300" of 2x4s, 1x 2'x4' 3/4" sheet of birch, and 1x 2'x4' 1/2" sheet of birch.

I really wanted to wrap the bench in 2x6s but the weight would have went up too much. My 95 lb wife had to be able to carry 1 end to move it around the apt. Another $20 or so in finishes etc. A basic version of this could be cobbled together for $100.

April 12, 2010, 11:32 AM
Looks good - keep an eye on your top as you work your press to gauge for the wood flexing - I found using two sheets of either 5/8 or 3/4 glued and screwed made a thick enough top to avoid that

April 12, 2010, 06:40 PM
Press is lag bolted directly into the 2x4 underneath the plywood.

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