If it will work? I think for the top I could run 2 x 6's and then put a sheet of something on top of those? Any suggestions?
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October 6, 2012, 06:31 PM
Looks like you're just getting the supports and you have to buy the wood separately. I would think for $70 dollars you could buy some 4X4s and make your own supports. I built my bench using 4x4s, 2x4s and 3/4" plywood. I doubled up the top with the 3/4" plywood to provide support for my Dillon 550B and strong mount. Check out LERK's post: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=679816.
October 6, 2012, 07:12 PM
so for the top you used 2 sheets of 3/4 plywood? Did this leave the surface smooth enough? Did you have to do anything special to it?
Looks like lerk's going to have him a nice bench.
October 6, 2012, 08:14 PM
That looks like it would work just fine. If it isn't smooth enough to suit you, use a sander and smooth it up.
Not everyone has lerk's talent for woodwork. :)
Looks like lerk's going to have him a nice bench.Sure does. Very nice work.
Larry the Liberal
October 6, 2012, 08:39 PM
BGD ... sure that will work. I built mine a few months ago with reloading in mind ... but haven't made the commitment yet. This bench is used primarily for gunsmithing, assembling whatever needs to be assembled, changing strings on my guitar, etc.
Mine is 3 x6 with a 3/4 inch plywood top ... then I added a masonite top to that. Also teak oiled the masonite. I skipped the middle shelf because I wanted a big open area for easy access. Also, I didn't build a shelf top for this bench because I have plenty storage and another work surface right behind it. Just wanted a big open flat surface. I will probably mount the press on the left side ... opposite the vice. This bench is plenty sturdy.
October 6, 2012, 09:14 PM
I don't think that there is anything wrong with the bench you are proposing. However, I tend to be as thrifty as possible - that said, I would either build one using materials from a local lumber yard or re-purpose a piece of used furniture. You can often find used furniture on Craigslist really cheap - I like drawers for storing materials and an nice sturdy desk (large size) can make a suitable reloading station.
you can build a bench out of 2 x 4's for the frame with 4 x 8 x 1/2" sheet for the top
In this photo I cut the plywood lengthwise making bench 2' x 8' x 1" & bolted one side to wall to make a strong bench. I never built a bench before--it came to me in a nightmare.
You can buy a ready made bench--whatever floats your boat
Here is a good looking bench at Home Depot
Price is not bad for what you get.
October 7, 2012, 11:28 AM
I have that bench. It was easy to build and works great for me.
October 7, 2012, 12:29 PM
I use this one. You can usually find it on sale for about 139.00. Very sturdy and can hold multiple presses. The drawers are perfect for tools, dies, cleaning gear, primers etc. The bottom shelf is very sturdy and holds powder and tons of brass without bowing.