Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by James THR, Aug 30, 2006.
I saw the woot box too and wondering what kind of cool thing you got from them. Great site.
LOL, I got a pair of see-through digital thermometers that stick to the outside of a window for like $10. Now that box holds my .223 range brass that I picked up last weekend.
I saw those and was intrigued. How do they work?
you are truly the master.
Very cool Idea for the L shaped bench, Isuace. To the left, your presses and the main work area for brass work and gun cleaning chores is all you could wish for. I originally wanted this for my bench but I didnt have enough space for the "L" style so I had to settle on a 10' long bench. I am not complaining but I still really like your configuration and am still trying to figure out how to maybe tweak my bench into the "L" and still have enough room for everything elso in my garage and the '61 VW Bus as well.
Have a good one.
Agree with lgbloader...love the L shape...you are going to find that handy as a shirt pocket!
Doubled the size of my loading bench.
I took advantage of the rainy day to double the size of my reloading bench. It's now 12"D x 32"L x 10"H.
The base is a Sear's small tool stand and is suprisingly stable with the top and lower shelf insert bolted in place. The riser unit fits onto a vertical wire shelf when not in use...(seldom), so the tool stand can be used for other purposes. An earlier verson of the double station serves as a docking station for additional tools. I set up the single unit on the bottom shelf when Wife, Anne, helps reload.
MEC 600JR in 20ga, Rockchucker (I use it to form .256 Win Mag brass and swage bullets)
Dillon 550, Star bullet sizer, FFL on wall with tax license
Star bullet sizer with Dillon 550 chute and bin to catch bullets. Bucket in place and the chute is a ramp for the bullets to hit and enter the bucket after slowing down a bit.
A funny thing happened on the way to building a "home office".
It turned into a reloading room!!
Rickomatic, I think your home office turned out just fine! I particularly like your office phone. Trimming cases on the drill press is pretty cool, however, I would still keep the tumbler in the garage and I always tumble outside of the garage door(with extension cord). Cool office, Man.
Here is my corner of the house, actually it is a separate room in the garage. I am lucky to have a garage which is 35' x 35' with 14 foot tall ceilings, so I built a room up in the air so to speak. I share the "man cave" between reloading, guns and amateur radio. Here are some pics. The countertops were once installed in my kitchen, lucky I saved them......packrat. Since my garage was already heated, I tapped into the hot water lines and installed 8 feet of fin tube and put an a/c in the window, comfortable all year round.
I hear ya, lgbloader. I thought about that too. Then I had another thought. I get regular blood tests for chlorestoral and thought maybe next time I'd have them throw in a heavy metal test just for you know....science sake.
I am not yet a real high volume reloader, and already cleaned all my brass in a different unfinished basement bathroom with an exhaust fan. I just recently put the tumbler in the "office". Would it be worth the effort, or even safe to keep it there for a while and check out the blood levels, or is that playing with fire?
I suppose I'd need a baseline first to see if there were changes.
Hey...what the heck am I asking you guys for?.....you're not doctors!!! LOL
Deltaroc, is that an ole RCBS 510 powder scale I see on your bench?? Dude, your old school!!! I have one too!!! It's my go to scale even though I have a RCBS Chargemaster combo. By the way, I love the old Coors cans!
Rickomatic, all I know is that when it comes to high levels of lead, tumblers are usually the culprit, so when I see a tumbler in somebody's house, it kinda scares me for them...and their family. Again, only my opinion, Mate.
Mine is in the garage.
wow guys! these all look great and make me want to start reloading. I have been stockpiling spent brass but I dont have the room or the $ to start reloading. Hopefully in the next few years I will be able to start and because of this thread I will definitely have some help designing mine. Thanks everybody!
That's silly talk. You need to start RIGHT NOW. Kempf's gunshop has a Lee Classic Turret press kit. Get the powder measure upgrade and auto prime kit. It will run you $200 shipped, tops. Then get a manual or two for another $30. Add components and start saving. You will pay off the equipment in 500-600 handloads.
Prices ain't getting better. They will just keep going up.
Ditto what FS10mm says. Start out with some brass processing stuff and slowly work into it. Really isn't ROCKET science, jsut regular science.
BTW, Thanks again FS10mm for the email about the Ruger info.
Welcome to THR!
Hey Deltaroc where did you get that gun rack?
I wanted to buy or build somthing exactly like that for my long guns.
Hey lgbloader, Yes on the 5-10 rcbs scale, it works great and is extremely accurate. I have had the beer cans since I was a kid in my teens, they have been stored in a black garbage bad for almost 30 years, when I built the room I set them up....my wife of 20 years had never seen them.
TomH, I built the gun rack from some spare lumber I had laying around, I only wish I had put the the two pieces closer to one another as the M1 Carbine doesnt fit to well.
Finnally dived in
Well after lurking on this forum and a couple others I finally took the plunge and ordered some reloading equipment. I didnt buy everything or the most expensive, but I did spend the money where i felt it would pay off over the long haul. My biggest splurge was I did purchase the RCBS Chargemaster combo. Other then that its the Rockchucker Supreme kit w/ a few additionals. Im only reloading rifle... for now... (I can hear you all chuckling now).
The bench is VERY rugged 2x6 constuction (except the lower shelf). The top is 2 layers of 3/4" avandtech that has been glued down to the frame and to each other, it also has a 2x6 lip under the plywood where press is mounted. The braces under the plywood are 2x6 that are 1 foot on center and the whole frame is cement screwed to the concrete wall. I got up on it and jumped up an down even on the lip... NO movment... i weight 220lbs
Ok guess thats about it... ill post some pictures share now... Oh there are a couple things missing from these pictures before i get in trouble... there is now a pair of saftey glasses haning off the shelves and there is a fire extinquisher just 10 feet behind the bench.
Thanks everyone for all the advice and ideas. You guys really make it alot easier to get started and avoid costly mistakes when getting started.
Looks like something I'd build Jake.........Creeker
Just a converted computer table. But i made it my home........
looking good, Jakemick and 7.5 Swiss
Here is mine after adding shelves and casters. Still need to clean it up a bit. I store powder and primers on a separate shelf while not using them - that whole, "What powder did I leave in the measure 2 weeks ago?" thing. Still pretty new at this.
This is a close up of the metal "poster" that my wife brought home from a garage sale once. Still makes me smile knowing she thought enough to do that. I think just about the only commonly used cartridge today on that poster is the 45-70 and the 22 LR. I haven't seen 90% of the cartridges pictured. Things change.
I am planning to make some drawers and perhaps doors in the front of the bench this summer. This should be a good excuse to figure out how to use that dovetail jig I picked up a couple years ago.
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