DIY Dillon Toolhead Stands?


September 28, 2012, 11:56 PM
Does anyone know of a convenient way to make stands for Dillon toolheads? I used to think they were silly, but I wound up with one and it's actually pretty nice to have. But I'm not gonna pay $30 for a rectangle with a circle on top.

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September 29, 2012, 12:09 AM
A redneck version might be to get some all-thread of the appropriate diameter and some nuts. Cut the all-thread to the desired length. (A carriage bolt with full threads might work as well).

Cut a piece of lumber the size square that you want.

Attach all-thread to center of the wood, put a nut on as a stop to hold the tool head. Paint if desired.

A hack saw, wood saw and a drill would be about all the tools needed.

Maybe pipe could be used with a variety of fittings screwed together.

With a better equipped shop, a more sexy stand can be made.

Hope this gives you some ideas.

September 29, 2012, 08:38 AM
A block of wood, wood dowel and a short hunk of PVC pipe.?

September 29, 2012, 10:01 AM
my uncle is a pretty good woodworker. he makes these.

C.F. Plinker
September 29, 2012, 02:40 PM
A piece of wood for the base, another piece 3/4x3/4x1 glued vertically to the center of the base, and a 1/2 inch dowel for the toolhead inserted in a hole in the second piece.

September 29, 2012, 04:37 PM
raw wood may contain enough tannins to cause blackening (corrosion) of iron that remains in contact long term.
At east paint the wood 9noon-latex preferred) or put some plastic (even packing tape) between steel and wood.

September 29, 2012, 04:56 PM
The tool heads are aluminum, except for the 1050, might be something to think about anyway.

Hondo 60
September 29, 2012, 06:18 PM
Tool heads may be aluminum, but what about the shellplate?
It might rust.

September 29, 2012, 06:30 PM
What about the dies?

September 29, 2012, 10:14 PM
Tool head stand shouldn't touch the dies. If you mill a slot for the shell plate that could be a problem, maybe just set it on top.?

September 30, 2012, 01:38 AM
Holsters and sheaths are made of leather? Leather contains tannins? Curious, I googled "tannins corrode steel" and the first page of links described the use/effect of tannins/tannic acid to INHIBIT corrosion of steel.

Magnum Shooter
September 30, 2012, 09:41 PM
I have the old style and like them better than the new ones. I also store the shell plate, locator buttons, and case feed adaptors in the original plastic boxes. This works well for me and I never worry about lost or missing parts. (

September 30, 2012, 10:00 PM
Here's how I store mine:

September 30, 2012, 10:12 PM
^^^That is slick! Nice work. I will likely be "appropriating" that design for myself.

Magnum Shooter
September 30, 2012, 10:23 PM
you could sell that idea. looks great!

September 30, 2012, 10:29 PM
I need something for the Square Deal toolheads.

October 1, 2012, 03:16 PM
A little bit of layout, a jigsaw, a sanding drum(or fine wood rasp), and a router. Viola, a scrap of wood becomes a utilitarian artifact. Only problem with mine, I didn't make enough space for the three additional toolheads I have acquired. Time to make another.

October 1, 2012, 07:13 PM
I'll probably forgo the jigsaw part and use a template bit on the router table but, yeah. Simple concept I just hadn't thought of it. As soon as I saw yours the "how" was instantly in my brain.

October 1, 2012, 11:34 PM
I made this reloading cabinet - it should be somewhere in the "Clever things" thread. Anyway, a simple wood box made to fit the tool head would serve the same purpose.

October 2, 2012, 04:33 PM
Very nice GaryL, when I get a little more organized I think I'll make a similar cabinet, probably as a roll-around.

October 3, 2012, 10:57 PM
I found some rectangular plastic storage boxes on closeout at Wally World that just fit the head with the dies installed and had room left over of all the other parts for a caliber. They are clear and stack well. Wish I had bought all they had.

October 5, 2012, 08:09 PM
I set a shelf under my reloading bench to a height to allow storage of my tool heads with the powder throwers attached.
7 with throwers
9 without

My extra die sets and caliber conversion parts go in the plastic boxes and are stored in the 12, filing cabinet size drawers.

The 1050 is only setup for 9mm, so I don't have any extra heads.

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