Ideas for work stations


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todayzprophet
December 1, 2010, 12:15 PM
Ok guys, maybe I can generate a thread of great ideas out there that I haven't heard or seen before. In our new family home, I have not, as of yet, set aside a part of the house in order to accumulate my cleaning and various firearm supplies so I haven't been able to get into detail with some of my weapons as I've wished (like restoring that November 1947 Remington Model 510 Targetmaster that was handed down from my GrandDaddy). What work benches have you guys created and what supplies do you trust and use strictly for your cleaning and maintenance needs? Pictures would be greatly appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.

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supham
December 1, 2010, 12:45 PM
If your interesting in building a bench, there was a great thread in the Reloading area about bench design.

oneounceload
December 1, 2010, 01:17 PM
I use the "Gorilla Rack" from Sam's Club or Costco. One unit can be assembled into two 4' long sections, giving you an 8' long work area. I take 3/4" plywood, doubled, glued and screwed, and attached as the work top. This allows me to use any type of reloading press, as it will handle the weight and strain. I then have several strong shelves underneath for supplies. With my presses, the short bar stool makes a perfect seat at the right height.

The rack system runs about 80, the plywood about 20 - total about $100

Freedom_fighter_in_IL
December 1, 2010, 02:19 PM
With my presses, the short bar stool makes a perfect seat at the right height

And you feel at home on that "bar stool" too huh oneounce :)

therewolf
December 1, 2010, 03:01 PM
I've built a lot of rough cut benches. Can't recommend any one over the other,
but they all work fine. It depends a lot on the space you have in the room, and your size, also. It's very personal.

My advice is to use 2X4s and 3/4" plywood for solidity. You can really hammer
them, and they absorb a lot of shock and vibration.

The other thing I would use is 2 1/2" phillips or robertson drive screws for the 2x4s, and 1 1/4 screws. (like sheet rock screws) Piloting the screw holes is a big plus.

This is simply because you may want to make changes and adjustments after you get your first bench assembled. It also makes them portable, when you can disassemble them.

svtruth
December 1, 2010, 03:10 PM
they call them mason's planks or staging planks, except they aren't OSHA certified any more. Any way they are honest (not nominal) 2"x12" and 16 ' long. In the garage here I cut away pieces of beaver board to gain access to the studs, made upside down 2x4 Ls, bolted to the studs and to angle iron bolted to concrete floor. Then I laid two of the planks on top and drilled 1/2" holes down through the planks and into the 2x4s, then I put 1/2" dowels in the holes and soaked them with linseed oil to swell the dowels. No metal on top of the bench. You can put additional horizontals to hold shelves or drawers.
Good luck.

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