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Old January 17, 2011, 03:13 PM   #1726
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First post here. I was inspired to organize and "upgrade" my workbench by this thread.



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Old January 17, 2011, 06:19 PM   #1727
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Newbie here too

Looking good!
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Old January 17, 2011, 07:14 PM   #1728
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Reloading Bench

This room is my sun room that I converted into a reloading station during the winter. I got a few other hobbies represented in the photo. I got into collecting pre 1964 90% silver US coinage as seen on the top shelf. I cling to guns and precious metals. In the frame is a stock certificate for one share of one of America's best companies, Berkshire Hathaway. I have held it through the financial crises and it has stayed strong. And finally the Apple logo on the powder measure.


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Old January 17, 2011, 08:30 PM   #1729
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Here is what I have. It's an old TV cabinet With casters and doors installed on the lower half. Compact, movable, and enough room. Have a Hornady 007 press, Hornady powder measure(which is great) and a Dillon 550. The shelves are for loaded ammo storage, I need to shoot more.
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Old January 18, 2011, 12:33 PM   #1730
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Just an observation.. Powder in close proximity to open flame???/ high heat source (water heater)

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Old January 18, 2011, 08:29 PM   #1731
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I reload about double that distance from my gas water heater and furnace. I don't see a big problem unless a major powder spillage occurred and the water heater somehow got a good whiff of it... just my opinion, nothing more.
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Old January 19, 2011, 04:01 AM   #1732
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Yeah I knew someone would comment on that. I literally have no other space in my garage to reload. I keep the powder and primers in a locked polycarb display case. I always put my powder jug back into the case and lock it when I'm done filling my powder drop. I only have one powder, so I won't get confused with what powder I'm using. I'm not too worried about it.
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Old January 19, 2011, 11:59 AM   #1733
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I wouldn't be worried either...

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Old January 19, 2011, 12:53 PM   #1734
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My reloader area.

I mounted the press on a elevated block so that i can remove it with two bolts from the main bench. the bolts have wing nuts under the bench.
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Old January 19, 2011, 01:42 PM   #1735
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From the picture the handle of the press sure looks close to the edge of the counter top. Don't skin the old knuckles amigo!!!

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Old January 22, 2011, 01:01 AM   #1736
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Here's a small piece of mine, nothing special but it gets the job done. I built this stand for the 550 still working on a bullet tray to complete the setup.

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Old January 22, 2011, 01:48 AM   #1737
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Here's a small piece of mine, nothing special but it gets the job done. I built this stand for the 550 still working on a bullet tray to complete the setup.

Looks good. I like it....
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Old January 22, 2011, 07:20 AM   #1738
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Old January 22, 2011, 07:28 AM   #1739
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Hey Crewdog10,

This is the stuff I'm using 80/20 15 Series T-Slot.

I put in 2 sticks of the 1534-Lite and I am tickled with it.
It will take more than I will ever put on it.

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Thanks for the info, I have it bookmarked. I'm still pondering my "bench build" but think I'm going to go this route for sure. I'd considered doing the angle cut wood slide in-out method, with interchangeable pieces, but think the "t-track" would work out better.
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Old January 22, 2011, 07:31 AM   #1740
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Crewdog10, been using T-track style mounts for some time and it works very well. Instead of woodworking T-track I went with an extrusion rail that goes by the trade name 80-20 ( http://www.8020.net/T-Slot-4.asp ) It's offered in different configurations and shapes, with many available accessories. You can get it through MSC or any number of outlets. I used 2"W X 1" thick, about 36" long. With the help of a router its recessed into the bench top. Price is reasonable....less than $50.

Mounting plates can be made from a number of different materials...wood, aluminum, steel, or plastic. I found high density plastics (PVC) work well, light weight, available in any thickness, easy to cut & drill, doesn't rust, and won't scratch bench surface. Can be found by googling the net or check the phone book under plastics.

1/2" thick plates worked well, gives you enough material to use a counter bore or counter sink.

I liked the versatility it offered....for reloaders, vises, cleaning station and more.









Been using this system for over a year, couldn't be happier. Fasteners are 1/4-20 button head bolts, flat heads, and socket heads. Used flat heads coming up from the bottom to mount the presses, nylon lock nuts on the top side. Holes on the bottom of each plate were counter sunk.

To attach the plates to the rails, early on I used socket heads w/hardened washers, later changed this and counter bored the holes, using button head bolts. All require an allen wrench for installation. I prefer using "T-handle" allen wrenches, no need to over tighten them.











Attaching rail to the bench is really quite simple, the 80-20 rail has T-nut slots on all four sides....drill a hole through the table and come up from the bottom with a bolt into a T-nut.



Thanks for the info and the GREAT photos. I'm rethinking my bench ideas for sure, but again, lol. I've been looking for only a short period of time, but am narrowing it down. The system you have pictured looks great and VERY flexible, just what I'm looking for. Thanks again!!
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Old January 23, 2011, 04:41 PM   #1741
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My simple bench.

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Old January 23, 2011, 09:43 PM   #1742
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Tell us about your tumbler Psyshack.
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Old January 24, 2011, 07:43 PM   #1743
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Its a SmartReloader SR100

http://smartreloadermfg.com/sr100casetumbler.html

I paid $29.00 for mine at the Tulsa gun show last year. Only deal I've gotten there in years.

Works well as can be expected. I tumble 9mm, .45acp, .38/.357 and a few others without issue. I only tumble 100 to 400 rounds at a time. And it moves them around in the bowl quite well.

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Old January 24, 2011, 07:45 PM   #1744
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Its a SmartReloader SR100

http://smartreloadermfg.com/sr100casetumbler.html

I paid $29.00 for mine at the Tulsa gun show last year. Only deal I've gotten there in years.

Works well as can be expected. I tumble 9mm, .45acp, .38/.357 and a few others without issue. I only tumble 100 to 400 rounds at a time. And it moves them around in the bowl quite well.

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Old January 25, 2011, 01:35 AM   #1745
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Just an observation.. Powder in close proximity to open flame???/ high heat source (water heater)

You could always put a "wall" between the bench and water heater ie like a piece of plywood painted nice.
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Old January 25, 2011, 12:50 PM   #1746
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^^ Probably a good idea just to help you sleep better at night but from what I've seen the powder is highly unlikely to spontaneously combust/burn from that heater as a source of ignition. I'd be more concerned with storing propane bottles or some other flammable gas leak before the powder since it would only burn when intentionally exposed to a direct flame.
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Old January 25, 2011, 02:30 PM   #1747
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+1, Taco. The only concern I could see is if powder was spilled/knocked into the combustion chamber (highly unlikely but possible). A small divider made from sheetrock wouldn't be a horrible idea, but I would not use plywood due to fire hazard form the heat emitted from the water heater (also a remote possibility, but why trade one potential problem for another).

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Old January 25, 2011, 09:08 PM   #1748
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Here mine, I tried to make it look nice since I Built it in the corner of my living room:
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Old January 25, 2011, 09:15 PM   #1749
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Old January 25, 2011, 09:59 PM   #1750
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This evening I put a flourescent light fixture onto the bottom of the shelf and got rid of the lamp.
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