How to properly mount my new Lee Classic Turret on my New Bench


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REL1203
July 25, 2010, 07:19 PM
OK, so all day yesterday in the 102 degree weather the DC region had, i built my new 2x4 Basic's Kit bench (my size is 6.5'x2.5'). What i ended up doing is following the advice of a few people on here and instead of doing the one horizontal 2x4 under the top layed, i used 2x6 and braced it ever few inches, and doubled on on the corners where the mount is going to go. Just like this pic below
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w204/dmproske/DSC03216.jpg

It came out STURDY as hell, just as I had hoped. Now my question is this. The directions say to mount the press with 1/4" or 5/16" Bolts. Its my understand that a bolt is a long rod that you use a nut/washer combo on at the end to tighten it, usually pre-drilling the hole, OK, I think, not a problem. The way you mount the Lee Classic Turret press is it has a 3 hole mount, in a triangle configuration, with 2 being closer to the user, and one last one on the far side. The 2 that are closer to the user, those seem to mount like an inch or so from the edge of the table, which has the MDF tabletop (3/4"), and then the 2x4 front support under it, so to get a nut and washer I would have to drill the 3/4" and then the 4" of the 2x4, plus the distance above the table of the press and then still get a nut on it... That doesnt seem right....

I am supposed to just use what I call a Lag Screw, maybe some call it a Lag Bolt I guess, where its just a big heavy duty screw basically and uses the force from going into the wood to hold it into place? If so, how long of screws should I use (how much needs to go into the wood)?

Here is another example of what I have with a press
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414Xt9N2c1L.jpg

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RustyFN
July 25, 2010, 07:28 PM
I would use a lag bolt that is at least 3". That should be enough to get through the press base, plywood and most of the 2x4.

Tilos
July 25, 2010, 08:04 PM
Nice bench.

Lag bolts will work for the 2 holes that are close to the edge, but a bolt with a nut for the 3rd rear bolt if the press has one.
Predrill pilot holes for the lag bolts to avoid splitting the on-edge 2x4 for the 2 front lags.

Another way would be to use threaded rod cut to the length needed to go through the top and front, on-edge 2x4, with nuts both top and bottom.

Sport45
July 25, 2010, 11:35 PM
Another way would be to use threaded rod cut to the length needed to go through the top and front, on-edge 2x4, with nuts both top and bottom.

That's the way I bolt all my presses to my workbench. I have pre-drilled holes and mount the press when I want to use it. The back bolt(s) goes through the 2x6 top and the 4x4 frame. The front bolts go only through a 2x6. I tried using lag bolts. They worked for a while, but frequent tightening took its toll on the wood and I wound up needing through-bolts.

My workbench has 4 legs made of landscape timbers, a bottom shelf is framed with 2x4's inset into the timbers and topped with 3/4" plywood. The top is framed out of treated 4x4's inset into the timbers and is topped with 2x6 and 2x4 lumber running lengthwise. I built it from leftovers of a deck project to use in my garage for engine work. It's heavy and doesn't move when used as a reloading bench.

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