need some ideas for a press riser

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  1. scythefwd

    scythefwd Member

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    OK, here is the situation. I just got a new workbench at the house, and the wife is letting me move my press indoors from outside in the shed. I use a dillon strong mount for my 550, and I'm happy with that.

    Now I need a way to raise my lee classic cast up about 9" or so. I'm looking to do this with wood. I have access to about 12 sq ft of 1.25" butcherblock counter top (not hard wood, but sturdy none the less). I'm hoping to emulate the sturdy mount or the inline fabrication mount, and possibly have some under press storage built in for my oddball dies that I wont use on my progressive setup.. you know, the universal decap, my pocket swaging die and stems, collet puller, maybe some space for shell holders...


    Would you guys mind posting up some pics of the raisers you have made (wood, steel, etc.. I dont care, just looking for ideas)?

    Thanks,
    Scythe
     
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    It's not a great photo, but you can get the idea. I think it's 9" high with storage underneath. It's VERY sturdy. Made of doubled 3/4 inch plywood on top, bottom, and sides. The two center supports/dividers are single pieces of plywood. It's all glued and screwed or nailed and glued with a nail gun. . I like the Inline Fabrication press risers, but I wanted to build my own. It's perfect for me.

    Added feature: it's held on my bench with three bolts. If I should need the entire bench space, I can easily pull the whole press/riser assembly off in about 2 minutes!

    Let me know if you want better photos.
     
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    I did a similar thing. The cost of the stand (75 bucks) or the cost of my time in the garage with some scrap material to build basically the same thing as drband.
     
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    Butcher block counter top might break by itself. Never used any of it for anything myself, but I'm thinking that because the bits are glued together it might not be as solid as it looks(Particle board(OSB) breaks when you look at it.).
    12 sq. ft should give you enough to experiment with a bit though. It's certainly do nicely for the sides though. And a 1/4" mild steel plate will guarantee the top.
     
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    Not a great pic, but you get the idea.
    Held to the bench with flush mount t-nuts. Easily removable, etc.

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    In line MFG makes very good press risers. Might see if they make one for your press.
     
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    I think butcher block would be very strong. It's usually maple, and the glue used is stronger than the wood itself. And it would look cool![emoji41]
     
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    Yep. That's what I would "buy" if I hadn't chosen to "make" my own. [emoji41]
    It's a great design and a great company to do business with.
     
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    I raised my presses using 2x10 lumber. I ended up raising it all about 10". 2x10 at bottom, 2x10 on top and appropriate length vertical pieces to make it 10" high. I have 2 LNLs and a Rock Chucker mounted on it.
     
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    one oz.. while true, thats the one I mentioned earlier.. but I could spend 2 hours making one or 75 buying one...

    As to the strength of the butcher block, it had a 12" overhang and supported my 200 lbs on the unsupported corner.. I think it will handle the press just fine.
     
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