Lee Bench Plate


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jgh4445
March 8, 2013, 10:59 PM
Just bought a Lee bench plate. Looked like a neat contraption. I used the two wooden blocks to mount my Rock Chucker and my RCBS Lubrisizer. Seems to be a solid platform. Switching between presses will be a breeze. Now, I'd like to mount My L-N-L AP. Think I'll have to use wood blocks there too since the mounting holes are so large in the press base.I don't think the thin metal base provided will work. I'll counter sink the bolt heads on the bottom side of the wooden block. Has anyone had any experience using the bench plate with the L-N-L?

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Lost Sheep
March 9, 2013, 08:44 PM
I have never seen one, but have seen pictures and read some threads about it.

My advice: Take care that the plate with the press mounted on it is unable to slip out. When it was first made, if you did not torque the clamp bolts down real hard, it could slip out, the whole press and everything would come away, still mounted to the plate.

They now have a hole (or two?) through which you drop a cotter pin to ensure the plate cannot move. If your plate and clamps do not have such a safety feature you can use a drill and make one easily enough.

Good luck. Thanks for asking our advice.

Lost Sheep

higgite
March 9, 2013, 09:48 PM
If you use wood blocks, do what Lost Sheep said to insure your press won't slip out at an inopportune time and customize one or more of your feet. ;) For instance, what I did was mount my turret press to one of the wood blocks per instructions, anchored it securely in the baseplate and drilled a hole all the way through the wood block, the steel baseplate and my bench top. Then mounted a single stage press to a second wood block and drilled a matching hole through that block. Makes an excellent place to store the Phillips head screwdriver that you will need when you want to swap out presses.

hAkron
March 9, 2013, 10:26 PM
I've pulled my press into my lap a few times when I was using my lee bench plate. It's nice because your instinct is to snap your knees together like a mouse trap...but you're not a mouse trap, you are soft flesh and brittle bone, and the press isn't a furry mouse, it's 20 pounds of metal with hard edges.

Elkins45
March 10, 2013, 12:22 AM
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm35/elkins_pix/DSC_4799.jpg

The screwdriver index hole method works for me. I had to drill my own because I bought one of the very early ones. I think the new ones come with index pins now.

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