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Old January 7, 2013, 08:54 PM   #2776
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here, let me help




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Old January 7, 2013, 09:32 PM   #2777
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If anyone lives in the north Georgia area and needs help/facilities to build a nice bench I have a full commercial wood working shop with delta unisaw, 50" x 100" CNC router, plainers, routers and all tools wood working. Also have complete metal fab shop with metal shear, brake, MIG, TIG, & stick welders. Machine shop w 60" tool room lathe, milling/drilling machine, bridgeport surfacing machine, etc. Even have a spray booth to finish it in. Do not mind folks using it. Mostly just sits while I am off doing telecom work.
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Old January 8, 2013, 07:01 AM   #2778
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That is very generous of you, somebody could sure put together a nice setup with equipment like that. I built my current bench with a drill and a hand saw.
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Old January 8, 2013, 06:23 PM   #2779
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Updated my bench with a new MEC 8567N Grabber shotshell loader. I'm running out of room fast!!
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Old January 8, 2013, 06:44 PM   #2780
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Updated my bench with a new MEC 8567N Grabber shotshell loader. I'm running out of room fast!!
dsm, how sturdy are those red Mec container's?
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Old January 8, 2013, 07:42 PM   #2781
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They are very sturdy. I use them for metallic loading as well. I have 1k 40s&w cases in one and have no problem with rigidity when picking the bin up. The ones I have were given to me by a shooting buddy that quit shotshell loading. I didn't realize how much they cost till I stumbled upon them when I ordered some powder bushings for my mec. They are like $15 a bin. They really do come in handy.
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Old January 10, 2013, 07:33 PM   #2782
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I need help on deciding the height from the floor to the top of the work bench. I am thinking I would like to stand some and work but also be able to sit on a barstool type chair and work also. Is around 38-40" about right? Thanks in advance...


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Old January 10, 2013, 08:08 PM   #2783
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Very good first post. My bench is 36". I do all my bench work standing, I'm not a sitter. Height may vary by height of the user. It's 38" to the center of my belt buckle if that helps. Here's a picture of me standing at my bench.



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Old January 10, 2013, 08:58 PM   #2784
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Mine is up pretty high at 43" with a shelf at 60" for my scale. I made it using the NRMA bench plans as a guide.

I do all my work standing.

Works for me.
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Old January 10, 2013, 10:38 PM   #2785
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cowtownup,

You asked about bench height.

I'm 6' 3" and portly. This is a photo of my bench with dimensions noted.

If I could have do-overs...

-Depth would be cut to 26 or 27" (from current 39" depth). It's too wide to allow easy reach to items on the pegboard or on the lower shelf.

-I'd would run power around the front and side of the bench (have had plug-ins installed on walls & ceiling near bench). Power is important. Lighting is critical.

-I'd apply an epoxy coating to the bench top.

Hope this helps. Suggest you measure and pick a height that best suits your stature while standing.

Good luck.

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Old January 11, 2013, 01:32 PM   #2786
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Nice bench Bob.
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Old January 11, 2013, 07:05 PM   #2787
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Thanks for everybody's help... I am 6-1" tall so I went with a 40" high bench... I plan on standing mostly, but may use a barstool type seat with a back if needed. I got the bench framed out this afternoon. It is 6'-0" wide by 2'-8" deep and I plan on putting 2 layers of 3/4" plywood on top. On the bottom I was going to use the 16" piece left from the 4 x 8 sheet for a bottom shelf underneath the bench. I plan on doing some type of shelving system that sets on top of the bench out of 1 x 8's...

Any suggestions on the finish? I would love a stained look, but not sure how regular old plywood and 2x's would look...



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Old January 11, 2013, 07:10 PM   #2788
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I'm 5'8" and portly (love that word) and I built my bench 42" high because I always stand too. I've posted this picture before.

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Old January 11, 2013, 09:19 PM   #2789
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Just updated mine to fit the LCT.








I'm a sitter



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Old January 13, 2013, 08:37 AM   #2790
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I just started working on my 'workbench' a couple weeks ago. It has to do double duty for both reloading and general gun cleaning/maintenance. I'm just happy that my wife gave permission to locate the workbench inside rather than out in the garage (Central Florida is rather uncomfortable in an uninsulated/non AC garage for most of the year). Because it is located in our home office it had to look reasonably presentable so I chose to use a Lowes/Kobalt workbench as the 'base'. I reinforced the base bench and added a 3/4" cabinet grade plywood top that I stained and finished with 4 coats of polyurathane. I wasn't sure if the 5/8" particle board + 3/4" plywood would be robust enough for a press, but so far it has worked fine. If required I will add another layer of 3/4" plywood between the existing base and finished top.

I'm still getting organized, but I produced my first handloads a couple days ago.



The upper storage compartment makes a good place to store brass that is being processed.


Here it is in maintenance/cleaning mode (ie, the green gun cleaning mat is on it. )



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Old January 13, 2013, 09:47 AM   #2791
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nice job onewolf
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Old January 13, 2013, 10:38 AM   #2792
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Onewolf, very, very nice!!!

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Old January 13, 2013, 11:45 AM   #2793
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You guys have great setups!!! I am just starting out. haven't got organized yet, but had to get my press mounted and load some 45's.
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Old January 13, 2013, 04:14 PM   #2794
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You guys have great setups!!! I am just starting out. haven't got organized yet, but had to get my press mounted and load some 45's.
Looks great BGD.
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Old January 13, 2013, 07:51 PM   #2795
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BGD, very nice also!!

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Old January 15, 2013, 08:16 PM   #2796
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I got my shelving built today....



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Old January 15, 2013, 08:19 PM   #2797
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Nicely done - I love the look of newly built furniture.
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Old January 15, 2013, 08:36 PM   #2798
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Me too.
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Old January 16, 2013, 09:46 AM   #2799
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Oh yeah! That is a great looking bench. Shelves are very handy.

Nice job.

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Old January 16, 2013, 09:59 AM   #2800
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very nice. are you going to put a shelf on the bracing down below? that's a good place to stick big, heavier stuff like ammo cans, tumbler, media, bulk bullets, large containers of brass, etc.
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