FROM CLOSET TO SHED "RELOADING"

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Highland Lofts, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. Highland Lofts

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    I have been posting on another post and started this so not to hijack the other thread.
    When I got back into reloading after a forty year break I set up my reloading area in a 6 foot by 7 foot walk in closet off an extra bedroom.
    I started our live in grandson shooting at the age four. When he reached seven and started shooting centerfire guns I couldn't afford to keep up with new ammunition so I got back into reloading again.
    I started out with a new Hornady single stage Lock n Load kit. Then added press, an old Pacific that I had drilled & tapped for the Lock n Load adaptor.
    That worked for a while but out grew this set up.

    Our house is over a hundred years old. There use to be a large four or five car gargae that they tore down about forty years ago and moved this 10'X14' room over and set it on untreated 4x4s
    Right on the ground.
    They sank in the ground over the years and the floor joist and flooring rotted out.
    I was tempted to tear it down but decided to rebuild it.
    I had to get it jacked up in the air to get working on it. I cut the floor out, cut all of the rotted wall studs off up above the rot and extended them a little and sistered 2x4s along side of them.

    I poured 2' by 2' concrete pads to set the shed on,
    Bought used 6'X8" beams to put on the concrete pads. Bought the fourteen foot 2X6s for new flor joinst. The 3/4" tounge & grouve flooring were left over from a house we built a couple of years ago.
    After getting this all together I decided to convert the shed into my reloading space.
    Most of the wood material is stuff I brough home from work, we build houses in Anacorted WA.
    At todays prices I vouldn't afford to rebuild this or make a new shed.
    A $8 sheet of OSB is close to $40.
    A $3 -2x4 is right around $8.
    I just bought one 2x6x14 and it was $32 plus tax.
    A $2.50 stick of 1/2 inch rebar is over $10.
    For new siding I wanted to HardiePlank lap siding. Even that went way out of sight. So I have been collecting old cedar fence sections that a fence company hauls back to tjier yard after they remove them. They dump them out by the road for free to take. I make planter boxes and bird houses out of this old cedar wood.
    To cut cost on my shed I used it to reside the shed.
    I did buy three 2'X2' windows that I installed on the front & two sided. The door is a three foot door that we removed from a house we totally striped down to the wall studs and remodeled a year ago, $275,000 remodel.

    I bought a new one room AC unit for it, I have a 220 volt electric wall heater for the shed.
    I had a small four circut panel box out there.
    When we remodeled our house I had them put a 200 amp service in.
    I had a electrition friend stop in and see what I needed to do to get a 100 amp service out to the shed. I need to run a heavier electric line out there. He has a used 100 amp panel box and breakers to use.
    It is all comeing together. I still have a couple of months to go before I can get it complete.
    It will have heat, air conditioner, small wood stove, mini refridge.
    The last two years I have been buying more reloading equipment.
    I have three Lock n Load single stage presses, a couple of RCBS Rock Chucker presses, a Redding T-7 press, a Hornady AP press, a Dillion 650, a cheap Lee progressive kit, really cheap single stage press that came with the Lee book my son gave me.

    On the right side of the door I will be putting a three or four foot wall. Then build a bench from that wall over to the corner about 7 feet then down the side wall 14 feet from the front of the bench to the back of the shed.

    I will have two of the single stage Lock n Load presses set up, the Hornady AP press, the Dillion 650, the Redding T-7 atleast one RCBS Rock Chucker press.that little cheap Lee press my son gave me and maybe the Lee progressive.
    I will have a large choice of presses to use and when new people who want to get in to reloading they will have a large variety to try before they buy.

    I have been buying used dies on the gun forums, ebay, gun shows. If I donxt have the set of dies the new guys need to load with I buy them.
    Last Tuesday a new reloaded guy came over, we set up a set of 40 caliber and a set of 357 Sig dies. Loaded up some ammo and went shooting.
    He odered a new Lee Kit and it is on back order.

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  2. WestKentucky

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    I like your setup, or perhaps I should say the thought of your setup since it’s currently under construction.
     
  3. BreechFace

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    Looks great @Highland Lofts, should be a great space to get some R&R. Reloading and relaxation.
     
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  4. Highland Lofts

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    Todays project is to cut the opening for my AC unit and do more siding on the right side of the shed.

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  5. Jonny2guns

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    Can't wait to see more as it progress'
     
  6. swg1

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    I did something similar to an old shed on my property. The shed was formerly the pumphouse with the pressure tank and laundry shed for the former owner. Of course it was water damaged as well. Re-located the pressure tank to a new pad enclosed in a rubbermaid enclosure and re-built the shed and insulated it. New floor, the works. Promptly outgrew it (10x12) and then a large limb off a maple behind smacked it, removing the eve from one side and damaging the trusses. But it doesn't leak so I continue to use it until I create something better. Just looks like Hell now.

    A dedicated building is great once it is done!
     
  7. FROGO207

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    Looks like you are coming along nicely! Thanks for sharing your journey.
     
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  8. Encoreman

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    I have a homemade portable shed that I built about 15 years ago it is 7.5x7.5 feet osb exterior with 3/4 plywood floor. It is home to a RCBS rockchucker, Dillon Square Deal, 2 Mec shotshell reloaders, A/C and ceramic heater. It is my mini man cave! Speaking of OSB the lumber prices are crazy, but so is everything else right now. I have a friend that loads on his kitchen table and I don't know how he does it. I keep telling him to build a small shed. I started many moons ago on a 2 foot piece of counter top in our utility room, made a lot of .38's in that room.
     
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  9. Highland Lofts

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    I cut the opening for the AC unit and put a vent in for the area above the ceiling. Got some sideing put up.
    Another couple of hours tonight and tomorrow afternoon. Then I will be done working on it until next weekend.

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  10. Highland Lofts

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    Done for the day.

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  11. swg1

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    Covered porch for bullet casting? Always a nice touch!
     
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  12. Highland Lofts

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    After I get the inside done I am planning on putting a full length covered porch across the front. It will be 6 foot deep and ten feet wide.
    One step up into the shed.
     
  13. troy fairweather

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    It's official your now a mini Houser, you will fit in better now lol. Need to get a mini fridge, a recliner and tv.
     
  14. Highland Lofts

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    I do need to get another mini fridge, i was going to take the one from my walk in closet reloading room, but decided to leave that one up in the closet reloading room and I will buy new one for out there in the reloading shed.
    I will keep a single stage press set up in the walk in closet.
    A recliner, maybe
    A TV, NEVER. I don't like watching people making believe they are some one who they are not and fake news.
    My main purpose going out there will be reloading then enjoy some amber fluid when I am done reloading.
    I do have a AM/FM/CASSETE PLAYER and some good speakers for out there.

    After I get the electric in I will have to buy fibberglass insulation and then decide upon putting up either plywood or drywall on the interior walls.
    Lots of pegboard behind the reloading bench.
     
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  15. troy fairweather

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    Check the dumpster at any near by colleges for a mini fridge, grab a toaster oven when your at it. I don't know about wallboard at the moment but we had to buy one sheet of 3/8 3 ply last month to Finnish up dads new wood shed and it was $42.
     
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  16. Demi-human

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    I have a measly 1500sqft home finishing up now that is $25,000 over budget. Imagine trying to fit the cost of a brand new car loan on the back of a mortgage. Whew!:eek:
    And it’s not like they were spending to get higher grade finishes. They cut things out. It’s nuts right now!

    Your Handloading Haven looks like it coming around wonderfully!
    Nice job, @Highland Lofts!:thumbup:

    My Millpond House is “The House Recycling Built.”
    Nearly done, I hope to have an actual garage for playing in, not just a closet down in the basement.:thumbup:
    (I just need to get all the materials and tools out of it.:D)
     
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  17. Highland Lofts

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    We build houses so when ever there was left over material I brought it home. Prices are really out of line right now are the lumber yard we buy from say they will go up more. They only guarrenty the prices for ten days.
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    I have most of the wireing I need to wire the shed up except the main wire from the 200 amp service panel on the house to the service panel in the shed and the plastic pipe to run it in.

    Twenty years ago I put a addition on the back of my shed to keep my pigeons in.
    When I get the interior finished I need to build a actual pigeon loft for my white homers I use for doing weddings, funerals and memorials.
    Then I can tear the old one down and put a 2'X2' window on the back wall and then side it.

    I went with 2'X2' windows for security reasons. When opened the openong is only about 10 inches wide, to narrow for the average person to slip through.
    The AC Unit is a brand new single room unit.
    I framed the opening up yesterday and it will be set in permanetly in place so it can not be pushed in for access.
    I will not install the pipes for the woodstove until I get my reloading benches done and see where I want it to sit.
    I'm thinking in the back left corner of the shed.
    I will finish the front wall and right wall and half of the back wall so I can get my bench built so I can get my presses set up and really start cranking out some ammo.
    A friend that helped me build the new floor under the shed stopped by to pick up a couple hundred 30/06 cases and to have a few beers said I should either start up reloading classes or let people come over & load for thier own for $15 - $20 an hour.
    I'd rather take one person at a time, spend time with that person. Let them set the dies up, set the trimmer to the proper length, prime thhe cases, load them up then go shooting for an hour or two with them.
    I had a new reloader waiting for his press on back order come over last Tuesday for the day and we did a little press time then went shooting.
    That is rewarding for me.
    And that is why I buy dies in so many different calibers and brass to go with the dies to teach the new guys how to before they spend money on getting set up to see if it is for them.

    Working on the electric is the next big step. Digging the trench for the plastic pipe then wireing the shed up so I can insulate and put up the interior sheeting and then make my benches so I can mount my presses.
     
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    Awesome!:thumbup:

    That sounds interesting. Equally as awesome.:cool:
     
  19. snowman357

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    Please don't forget to show us the finished project, my retirement plan is to remodel a lawn shed and make a reloading shed, 10 years away maybe less and already started figuring the floor plan.
     
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    Looking forward to the interior pictures...tracking this thread.
     
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  21. Highland Lofts

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    AfterI get the interior walls up I will screw a 2x12 on the walls then frame in the bench with 2x4s. One inch plywood screwed & glues on the 2x4 frame then formica on top of the one inch plywood.
    My walk in closet bench is built the same way. I like formica on top of the the bench. It cleans up so easy.
    I might dig the trench for the electric this coming weekend and run the electric line.
     
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  22. troy fairweather

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    I've been trying to get some 4x4 cheap to build my bench, I have a idea in my head how to make it. Should be strong but can be taken down easy.
     
  23. mokin

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    "What have you done in the reloading room today?"

    "I built a reloading room."
     
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  24. THEWELSHM

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    Congrats mate, way to re purposet space..

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  25. kmw1954

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    Very Interesting thread. Nice to see how some of us life and what makes us happy.

    For myself, well we are now empty-nesters in a 4 bedroom 2 story house. So I staked my claim to one of the empty upstairs bedrooms for my gun work. Has a nice large window overlooking the whole back yard and both neighbors yards for when I want to be nosy. Heat in the winter, air in the summer and open windows in the spring and fall. Also a puter with full internet and 96hrs of pure listening pleasure on itunes.
     
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