Upscale Homemade 100-hole Reloading Trays


GW Staar
April 26, 2014, 08:09 PM
I had some oak cove moulding left over from a job yesterday so I used it to fancy up an egg crate case tray. Stained wood and white look nice together IMO.

4' of 3/8" and 4' of 3/4" is enough for one tray and extra in case you make a cutting mistake....or if you're perfect and never experience interruptions or senior moments, 6 sides.

All materials came from Home Depot including the 2'x4' piece of broken egg crate (fluorescent lighting dept.) that I got for pennies. I used liquid plastic model cement to glue stacked pieces of the 3/8" thick egg crate together to make it a 1" high. Cutting egg crate is simple. Just use flush-cutting diagonal nippers.....takes minutes. Then sand the edges smooth. (if you make this project, be sure to rotate the two layers where they line up...that occurs only 1 direction)

The double-thick egg crate just lays over a 1/4" Melamine base. (that's the lazy already finished way). You could use 1/4" oak plywood stained and sealed also....but melamine is easy to clean.

The 3/4" cove was placed upside down for a finger recess.

The 3/8" cove was placed on top of the 3/4" cove to finish it higher than the egg crate.
Once I had the design figured out I glued the two 4' coves together as shown.
The top edge of the lower cove protruded too much for my liking, so I planed it 1/8", using a scriber and block plane, then rounded the edges as shown below. Shoulda planed it another 1/8".

This is the end view of the two cove pieces glued together.

Then I used a miter saw to cut four pieces with miters and glued & clamped it....let it dry for an hour before sanding. Notice I had to remove the rubber feet on the little clamps so they'd fit inside the egg crate and clamp it to hold the moulding tight. (two sides are a little longer than the other two sides, same with the bases, due to manuf. imperfection of the egg crate.)

This is a corner to better illustrate the combo moulding....before seam filling with wood dough and sanding of course.

Same corner sanded. Stainable Oak wood dough was used to fill any imperfections before sanding.
Stained it to match my bench, and used stock finish to seal it. Gloss was removed after it dried with steel wool.

Finished tray with cartridges added for demo. Notice the size is comparable with a typical 50 round tray....only there's 100 holes!

Wood glue is used to glue the melamine edge to the bottom of the moulding edge.....used a little 5 minute epoxy on the plastic egg crate edge to glue it to the moulding.

I have used 100 hole egg crate trays for a couple of years without the fancy edges, due to the need for more tray capacity when you use a progressive.

I kind of like this fancy pants tray, so I think I'll go buy another 12' of each cove and finish the egg crate and melamine bases I all ready made yesterday....showing in the background of some of the pictures.....Then on to the next annealer!! Can't wait.:cool:

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April 26, 2014, 08:52 PM
Did a little wood play myself today. Got tired of me LEE dropping primers all
over the room. Looks like I should have called you, looks very nice :)

Andrew Leigh
April 27, 2014, 02:07 AM
Very impressive, nice work.

April 27, 2014, 03:05 AM
Awesome! $20 shipped to my bench? Lol very nice work I like the 100 space idea. Plenty of room for resized, primed, charged, and completed rounds to all coexist.

April 27, 2014, 03:29 AM
That is a really great idea. Nice work.

April 27, 2014, 05:04 AM
Thats sellable, for sure.

April 27, 2014, 07:29 AM
Very nice work.

April 27, 2014, 09:17 AM
I use an industrial qc tester desk as a reloading bench. The guys at work were throwing it out when the tester died. It has a really odd shaped keyboard tray where I keep my rounds. I'm definately putting this stuff in that awkward tray area.

April 27, 2014, 09:20 AM
Over the years I have seen dozens of custom and modified trays. I really like what you came up with as to the creativity and looks. Pretty cool and a real nice job.


Bush Pilot
April 27, 2014, 01:34 PM
Nice work! I believe someone made a 100 round tray years ago (not as fancy as your version) I'm too lazy and not creative enough to tackle that, I'd just glue 2 50s together :D

loose noose
April 27, 2014, 01:59 PM
Very nice work GW, like was mentioned earlier, "definitely a saleable" item. I've got an older 80 round RCBS loading block but a 100 round would definitely be a bonus, reckon I'll have to get on my high horse and make one.

April 27, 2014, 06:14 PM
That is just uber cool, and to think I threw some of that exact egg crate stuff away not long ago.

I like it!

April 28, 2014, 12:46 PM
That is just uber cool, and to think I threw some of that exact egg crate stuff away not long ago.

I like it!
Me too and it's killing me now :). The panel crashed from the ceiling to the floor and cracked into several nice sized chunks..... Pitched it too. Bummer.

GW Staar
April 28, 2014, 08:49 PM
Need to correct a mistake I made in the materials list. I thought the smaller cove moulding was 1/2" is actually 3/8" cove, found in the small moulding bins at Home Depot and sells for about $3.50 a stick.

The larger moulding is sold by the foot, $.95/ft.

Sorry for the mistake. Shoulda measured it instead of assuming.

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