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Old September 20, 2009, 05:02 PM   #1251
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OMG, you can reload ANYTHING with all that mess?????
Mess..........I don't see no mess.




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Old September 20, 2009, 08:43 PM   #1252
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....Where did you get the L bracket used to reinforce the bench overhang?
Made it from some scrap aluminum angle.
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Old September 20, 2009, 08:57 PM   #1253
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Old September 20, 2009, 09:16 PM   #1254
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OMG, you can reload ANYTHING with all that mess?????
I sure can, want to stop by & watch? I spend my time loading, not cleaning up. Or shooting, so I can load more!

Bad habit, I admit. Never clean-up after I'm finished. If I ever do get it straightened out, I doubt it would stay that way. Character flaw? Well I'm certainly NOT an OCD sufferer.

Damn gideon, you had to go WWWWAAAAYYYY back to dig that out, didn't you?
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Old September 20, 2009, 09:23 PM   #1255
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11c2v, nice set-up, but you'd better get that powder out of that pact dispenser. I left some in mine once, ONCE,ONCE took a long time to get it all scrapped out of the plastic bottom. It was double based powder, the nitro content acts like a solvent to the plastic. Ate right into the plastic, it still has dimples in it!
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Old September 20, 2009, 10:56 PM   #1256
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Old September 21, 2009, 03:36 PM   #1257
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Ohioshooter, have large worms ever crashed into your reloading room?

Great setup, I'm jealous!

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Old September 21, 2009, 04:02 PM   #1258
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Old September 21, 2009, 04:26 PM   #1259
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Old September 21, 2009, 06:23 PM   #1260
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It was the basement, not the living room. The worm came right through the cinder block wall.
It was the rec room...located in the basement. "Broke into the wrong [gawl dern] rec room, didn't ya...?"-Burt
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Old September 22, 2009, 09:25 AM   #1261
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Hi Y'all. I need some feedback on my reload benches. I am told that no one is making custom reload benches. I have two types that I have been building and could use further input. What we have been doing is based on client requests.

Thanks in advance for helping me build the best bench there could be.

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Old September 22, 2009, 01:41 PM   #1262
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WOW

John, that is one nice bench! It could take it's place in a living room! Much too nice to be used, I'd be afraid to drill holes to mount a press.

Oh also, welcome to the forum, throw down the anchor and set a spell!
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Old September 22, 2009, 01:54 PM   #1263
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Hi Snuffy,
Thats funny, Most of my clients say that they're afraid to put the first ding in them, But. . . all new things look bright and shiny. The cool thing is that holes and be filled on wood like this...Thanks for the comments.....having been in the Navy.....weighing rusty anchors can be hazardous...LOL


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Old September 22, 2009, 01:55 PM   #1264
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Welcome to THR, John. Good looking bench you have there.
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Old September 22, 2009, 04:46 PM   #1265
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Welcome to the board. If we could see the bracing under the pretties it would help. And it is pretty.




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Old September 23, 2009, 05:35 PM   #1266
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Here's an update to the bench, got my new Hornady Lock N Load and the case feeder. Will probably get a bullet feeder within a few months:

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Old September 24, 2009, 07:27 AM   #1267
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Old September 29, 2009, 12:41 AM   #1268
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Rembrandt - I prefer the PVC plates over wood because they're stronger, won't scratch the bench surface like steel or aluminum, and can be easily cut and drilled. No flex at all with the PVC. All plates are 1/2" except for 3/4" on the Dillon because of the added overhang....due to ceiling height limitations the Dillon strong mount couldn't be used.The mounting points are spread out for the adapter plates, flex is eliminated.
Rembrandt, How far apart did you you space your tracks? And how large are your mounting plates?



My 3 in thick x 20 in wide white oak slabs were delivered today. Man are they heavy!

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Old September 29, 2009, 04:11 PM   #1269
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My 3 in thick x 20 in wide white oak slabs were delivered today. Man are they heavy!
Did you order those slabs locally? I'm seriously contemplating making my own slabs but would consider buying them depending on prices. I really don't have the proper tools to join boards togther, i.e. a jointer.
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Old September 29, 2009, 04:28 PM   #1270
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Old September 29, 2009, 08:56 PM   #1271
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....How far apart did you you space your tracks? And how large are your mounting plates?
Dimension from outside of one rail (not the slots) to the outside of the other...9". (you can make it what ever you like) Plates vary, most are 12" X 12"....or 10" X 12".

The critical part is to make sure rails are exactly parallel to each other or the plates will bind when sliding loaders from one end of the bench to the other. Good Luck....post pictures when you're done.
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Old September 29, 2009, 11:19 PM   #1272
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something vague - Did you order those slabs locally? I'm seriously contemplating making my own slabs but would consider buying them depending on prices. I really don't have the proper tools to join boards togther, i.e. a jointer.
Yeah, I got them locally from a sawmill. I never found anything that was finished around here or on the web that was reasonably priced. Actually, I never found a 'for sure' anything that size. One guy said he might be able to get some big stuff but it would be $200+.

We are going to carry the slabs to a cabinet shop and get him to finish them. After I have wagged that heavy stuff around a few times I may wish I had just used some 2x6's and plywood or something.

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Rembrandt - Dimension from outside of one rail (not the slots) to the outside of the other...9". (you can make it what ever you like) Plates vary, most are 12" X 12"....or 10" X 12".

The critical part is to make sure rails are exactly parallel to each other or the plates will bind when sliding loaders from one end of the bench to the other. Good Luck....post pictures when you're done.
Rembrandt, that is about how far apart I was thinking. I have already made some 12"x12" plates out of some of the plywood left over from our cabinets. So it looks like I'm on the right track. (pun intended)

I'll be taking some pictures when I actually get something done. It seems like every time I get started something else comes up and I get sidetracked. Oh well, such is life....

Thanks for the help Gentlemen.

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Old September 30, 2009, 06:23 PM   #1273
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You ought to finish those off yourself. A nice tung oil would really look beautiful. Oil's can take some time to cure and apply enough coats. But even a polyurethane would look great. Both these finshes would work great over a stain of your choice. Not real difficult to do and will be much cheaper. I actually love working and finishing wood, such a satisfing hobby!
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Old October 1, 2009, 12:13 AM   #1274
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You ought to finish those off yourself. A nice tung oil would really look beautiful. Oil's can take some time to cure and apply enough coats. But even a polyurethane would look great. Both these finshes would work great over a stain of your choice. Not real difficult to do and will be much cheaper. I actually love working and finishing wood, such a satisfing hobby!
Hey sv, That was the original plan and I still may do that depending on how well they look when the cabinet guy gets done. I'm wanting to fix it like Rembrandt did his with a cover to go over the t-tracks for when the presses are removed. The main purpose for the bench will reloading, ABSOLUTELY, but I'll also use it for other stuff. I like to tinker - guns, computers, fishing reels, general household maintenance, etc., and being able to cover up the the tracks will prevent some headache, like trying to fish out little parts that have tried to escape. I'm also going to put some kind of trim around the edge to keep stuff from rolling off onto the floor.

If I go the plywood route I'm thinking it might look better with covers made with the plywood. The cabinet maker can get the cover material off of the side of the slabs but I don't know how that will look. Then again, it is a work/reload/hobby bench and it is in my man cave so the look only has to please me. (hang on a minute.....okay, she is already asleep, carry on) Like I was saying - it only has to please me!

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I changed my post to I think I'll just mind my own damn business.

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