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Show us a picture of your reloading bench

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by James THR, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. hueyville

    hueyville Member

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    If anyone lives in the north Georgia area and needs help/facilities to build a nice bench I have a full commercial wood working shop with delta unisaw, 50" x 100" CNC router, plainers, routers and all tools wood working. Also have complete metal fab shop with metal shear, brake, MIG, TIG, & stick welders. Machine shop w 60" tool room lathe, milling/drilling machine, bridgeport surfacing machine, etc. Even have a spray booth to finish it in. Do not mind folks using it. Mostly just sits while I am off doing telecom work.
     
  2. Lookinforlunkers

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    That is very generous of you, somebody could sure put together a nice setup with equipment like that. I built my current bench with a drill and a hand saw.
     
  3. dsm

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    Updated my bench with a new MEC 8567N Grabber shotshell loader. I'm running out of room fast!!
     

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  4. Jaxondog

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    dsm, how sturdy are those red Mec container's?
     
  5. dsm

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    They are very sturdy. I use them for metallic loading as well. I have 1k 40s&w cases in one and have no problem with rigidity when picking the bin up. The ones I have were given to me by a shooting buddy that quit shotshell loading. I didn't realize how much they cost till I stumbled upon them when I ordered some powder bushings for my mec. They are like $15 a bin. They really do come in handy.
     
  6. cowtownup

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    I need help on deciding the height from the floor to the top of the work bench. I am thinking I would like to stand some and work but also be able to sit on a barstool type chair and work also. Is around 38-40" about right? Thanks in advance...


    Helluva first post huh?
     
  7. LAH

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    Very good first post. My bench is 36". I do all my bench work standing, I'm not a sitter. Height may vary by height of the user. It's 38" to the center of my belt buckle if that helps. Here's a picture of me standing at my bench.

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  8. Hungry1

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    Mine is up pretty high at 43" with a shelf at 60" for my scale. I made it using the NRMA bench plans as a guide.

    I do all my work standing.

    Works for me.:)
     
  9. VonFatman

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    cowtownup,

    You asked about bench height.

    I'm 6' 3" and portly. This is a photo of my bench with dimensions noted.

    If I could have do-overs...

    -Depth would be cut to 26 or 27" (from current 39" depth). It's too wide to allow easy reach to items on the pegboard or on the lower shelf.

    -I'd would run power around the front and side of the bench (have had plug-ins installed on walls & ceiling near bench). Power is important. Lighting is critical.

    -I'd apply an epoxy coating to the bench top.

    Hope this helps. Suggest you measure and pick a height that best suits your stature while standing.

    Good luck.

    Bob
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  10. LAH

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    Nice bench Bob.
     
  11. cowtownup

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    Thanks for everybody's help... I am 6-1" tall so I went with a 40" high bench... I plan on standing mostly, but may use a barstool type seat with a back if needed. I got the bench framed out this afternoon. It is 6'-0" wide by 2'-8" deep and I plan on putting 2 layers of 3/4" plywood on top. On the bottom I was going to use the 16" piece left from the 4 x 8 sheet for a bottom shelf underneath the bench. I plan on doing some type of shelving system that sets on top of the bench out of 1 x 8's...

    Any suggestions on the finish? I would love a stained look, but not sure how regular old plywood and 2x's would look...

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  12. flashhole

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    I'm 5'8" and portly (love that word) and I built my bench 42" high because I always stand too. I've posted this picture before.

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  13. Fire_Moose

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    Just updated mine to fit the LCT.

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    I'm a sitter



    useless signiture
     
  14. Onewolf

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    I just started working on my 'workbench' a couple weeks ago. It has to do double duty for both reloading and general gun cleaning/maintenance. I'm just happy that my wife gave permission to locate the workbench inside rather than out in the garage (Central Florida is rather uncomfortable in an uninsulated/non AC garage for most of the year). Because it is located in our home office it had to look reasonably presentable so I chose to use a Lowes/Kobalt workbench as the 'base'. I reinforced the base bench and added a 3/4" cabinet grade plywood top that I stained and finished with 4 coats of polyurathane. I wasn't sure if the 5/8" particle board + 3/4" plywood would be robust enough for a press, but so far it has worked fine. If required I will add another layer of 3/4" plywood between the existing base and finished top.

    I'm still getting organized, but I produced my first handloads a couple days ago.

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    The upper storage compartment makes a good place to store brass that is being processed.
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    Here it is in maintenance/cleaning mode (ie, the green gun cleaning mat is on it. :) )
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  15. JoelSteinbach

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    nice job onewolf
     
  16. floydster

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    Onewolf, very, very nice!!!

    Smokeyloads
     
  17. BGD

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    You guys have great setups!!! I am just starting out. haven't got organized yet, but had to get my press mounted and load some 45's.
     

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  18. LAH

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    Looks great BGD.
     
  19. floydster

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    BGD, very nice also!!

    Smokeyloads
     
  20. cowtownup

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    I got my shelving built today....

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  21. OpelBlitz

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    Nicely done - I love the look of newly built furniture.
     
  22. LAH

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    Me too.
     
  23. VonFatman

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    Oh yeah! That is a great looking bench. Shelves are very handy.

    Nice job.

    Bob
     
  24. NeuseRvrRat

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    very nice. are you going to put a shelf on the bracing down below? that's a good place to stick big, heavier stuff like ammo cans, tumbler, media, bulk bullets, large containers of brass, etc.
     
  25. Ret.CWO

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    Well so much for a "Well regulated militia"
     

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