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Building a bench

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Alabama2010, Apr 7, 2010.

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  1. Alabama2010

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    I was reading through the old threads and found a nice bench someone buiilt using plans from "NRMA". Does anyone have a copy of the plans they can post or mail me? My fiance set me up in a man cave, but I do all my loading at a computer desk and I'm using a hand press. I have nothing to mount a proper press to until I get a bench.
     
  2. W.E.G.

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  3. Alabama2010

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    Hah! Thanks WEG
     
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    There are many benches manufactured for commercial and hobby use that can be bought. Unless you just enjoy the wood working and have the tools and space, making your own bench is much more effort and not any cheaper unless you scrounge material for free, than buying a commercial bench and putting it together.

    You can get benches at Sears, Home Depot, Harbor Freight, Graingers, McMaster Carr, etc.

    Add a bin or 2 for small parts like this:
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    and Some plastic drawers:
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    and you are set up in a couple hours.
     
  7. HOWARD J

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    Catch this on sale at Sears--good price--just the bench !!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Alabama2010

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    Sigh...I just wrote a bunch and it got lost when I tried to upload a picture. Basically, I was either going to build it from the plans, or use what I can best describe as modular legs that are simply screwed into the legs, allowing you to make a bench of any size you want easily. I saved a picture of ones guy's bench from that lengthy reloading bench thread- yours too Howard...how do I insert a picture that's on my hard drive?
     
  9. Alabama2010

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    ok, this is what i was talking about....
    i stole these from the reloading bench thread...hope you guys didn't copyright these!
     

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    I built a bench about a year ago using those plans and it wasn't that difficult. It was fun doing it myself and I am really please with the way it turned out. Although if I had to do it again I would make it using thicker cabinet doors so that I could put locks on them to deter kids. Check out the bench in this video. It's the same bench but the doors are thick and he has locks on all of them. I also noticed in one of his videos that the top center doors are hinged and open outward instead of sliding. That would be a nice improvement in my opinion. I used masonite to cover the working area which can be replaced much more easily than plywood if it get messed up.
    If you like building things this is a fun project.
     
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    If you go to a Sam's or Costco, they typically carry the "Gorilla Rack" brand of storage shelves. Set up side by side in two equal sections with a double plywood top made from one sheet of 3/4" plywood, you can have an enormous bench that is super strong for about $100 - basically 8' long with shelves for stuff or storage bins
     
  12. Alabama2010

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    I like those...what you can do with those Gorilla Racks seems limited only by your imagination.
     
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    Alabama2010,

    I had built the a bench using the direction from National Reloading Manufacturers Association, the same one you found. What is nice about it is that it is very strudy and I made it 42" high. You make it the height you need for yourself. It is nice that when I an using my RCBS Rock Chucker that I do not have to bend down to lower the handle all the way down. You can buy a ready made bench, but I find that I like having this one.
     
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    You can always freelance your design. That's what I did. This is what I ended up with and it was easy to do. I like having access to all sides of the bench.

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    flash-----nice painting:D

    that is just to neat and perfect to be real
     
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    Heyyyyy That's my bench Alabama2010!!!! :) !
     
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    Flash - don't see any reloaders for 12, 20, 28 and 410.......tsk, tsk, tsk.........
     
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    oneounce - I've decided to take a different approach for shotshells. I have a drill press. I want to load 410, and either 20 or 12 ga but I want to roll crimp. I also would like to use brass "hulls". I intend to start with 410 and load #1 buckshot in reformed British 303 cases.

    Claude - never too neat! It took me 10 days to get that thing painted with 3 coats of stair and floor paint but worth the effort. The coating is hard as a rock. The uprights are the synthetic deck material and measure about 4.5" square. It's really heavy. Just trying to give Alabama something to think about.
     
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    Flashole, I really like your bench ! Nice set up and very compact.Alabama,I was going to use the plans that the NRMA has on their site,however I wanted something a bit more larger for my needs.It literally took me a year to decide, and go with my own idea and what I felt was my "ideal" set up. The "kit" is from a company called 2 x4 Basics and is available from Cabela's,Amazon,and the Outdoorsmans' guide(which was the cheapest).I used 2x4's and had Home depot rip some 3/4" oak ply wood.sand,stain,add a few coats of clear semi gloss poly and your good to go.
    I am a part time licensed gunsmith(20 years), and two more benches are in the works to replace my old benches. One for general gunsmith repairs,and the other for stock work,and jobs that tend to get more dirtier,(buffer,grinder,stock work,etc.).The third for a hot bluing set up.I must tell you,this bench is rock solid,and extremely stable(even more so if you lag the back to wall studs).The number one must, is to have a stable,solid foundation for a reloading bench.Without flex and or give due to the forces caused by compound leverage of your reloading press. I tried the metal "Craftsman" benches and such,however they were a bit flimsy for reloading.(Stay away from particle board and such) .If you would like any building tips, feel free to contact me.The folks on here are awesome,and I learn something new every day...I have learned so much as far as reloading goes.The input and help makes reloading and the shooting sports in general ,a pleasure.Remember ...no question is ever stupid or silly.That's how we all learn and progress in this fine past time.Here's a few pictures of the finished bench, after adding two spots for lighting and some trim on the shelves.
     

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    "If you go to a Sam's or Costco, they typically carry the "Gorilla Rack" brand of storage shelves. Set up side by side in two equal sections with a double plywood top made from one sheet of 3/4" plywood, you can have an enormous bench that is super strong for about $100 - basically 8' long with shelves for stuff or storage bins"

    Yeah, I'm definitely leaning towards something like this. I could easily find enough room on there to study, use my pc, reload, and clean my guns. I need such a space because you folks have no idea what i have to endure.....Millionaire Matchmaker, The Hills, Million Dollar Listing (HGTV), Housewives of NY, NJ, Orange County, and Atlanta.....I need this space, you see? Otherwise I'll be forced to give hour long foot massages while all that crap is airing on TV. I'm currently studying for my final board exam for medical licensure, and as much as I hate it and have developed so much anxiety from it, it's oddly enough been a relief to some extent because I'm totally justified in not having time to watch those shows....but that's another matter altogether.
     
  21. GW Staar

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    You DO like your fiance except for that?:D

    If your "man" cave is going to be a permanent thing you might like another easier option, by building it to a wall. That means you only have two legs to build. (mine has 3 because I added a drawer stack.) If you want the bench to do double duty to study on, you need a comfy stool and knee space!

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    A little Formica and a hard wood edge might be nice enough that she would allow such a permanent bench.

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    Note the simple front beam contruction, means you don't have to cut a bunch of cross supports, and your press just mounts through the beam with two 6" long carriage bolts, two fender washers, and nuts. Absolutely torque-proof.
     
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    Sweet set up GW Star ! Alabama....Oh how you need a man cave!...LOL! Are we engaged to the same gal ??? LMAO!!!
     
  23. Alabama2010

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    What is with those tv shows??? I literally am unable to comprehend why anyone, man or woman, would watch that stuff... On the other hand, when she comes home and sees me on the couch watching tv, she always says, "Ahh, the History channel again..."
     
  24. GW Staar

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    Originally Posted by Alabama2010
    It could be worse. You could have all your vintage battle rifles out and point and click at the Germans and Japanese.:D

    BTW, I just tell my wife that those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it....those who watch chic flicks are...just doomed.
     
  25. Alabama2010

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    Her: How many guns do you have to have?
    Me: How many handbags do you have to have?

    Silence...
     
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