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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. mrtrkdrvr

    mrtrkdrvr Member

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    My New Bench 2

    Better view of safe, an my part of my man cave.
     

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  2. chavist93

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    Here's mine. I just got started a few days ago.
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  3. IDriveB5

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    That looks like a good start chavist, a lot nicer than what I started with. If it is located in an unconditioned space, watch the humidity! I dont know your location, but a little bit of humidity can ruin your equipment in a hurry.

    I've updated my bench again:
    Reloading Bench v2.1:

    I got a good deal on a little bit of flat bar from my company's fab shop...
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    Now I can easily move my presses and other equipment around and maximize the space:
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  4. coop923

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    I'm in the same situation -sort of. I do my reloading at a makeshift bench under the house (see below) and have for years. It's far from ideal, and I have been mulling over a plan for several years for a roll-top desk or hutch set up that completely encloses all the equipment. I've done some woodworking, but never anything on this scale. The complexity of what I'm thinking about has been enough to keep me from starting on it all this time. I did however start cutting lumber today. :D

    I've been through this post a few times but somehow missed the roll-top desk mentioned earlier in this thread. I have more of a hutch-type piece pictured and planned on using the tambour door as opposed to regular cabinet doors mainly because it would roll completely out of the way.

    I am really ready to be reloading inside and having this thing look reasonably nice was actually important to me, as well as being a selling point to my wife. Being able to enclose everything is important because I have younger kids too and having everything neatly out of sight is key both for the safety and well-being of the kids and my reloading stuff.

    I can't see any really good way to build a reloading/homework combination. One option you might have would be to build a cube-type reloading set up. Someone built a really slick modular one that closed up with everything inside (IIRC it was someplace around page 40-45 in this thread). It would keep the reloading stuff together and not take up much room, or maybe even slide under a homework table. Just a thought.

    Here's my present reloading dungeon; yeah, it's a dirt floor:
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  5. coop923

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  6. NCMauser

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    I built this from the National Reloaders Manuf. Assoc. plans. It is very sturdy and feel hardly any movement will I size brass. When I load shotgun I attach the board the the loader is attached to by C-clamps. I have not installed the sliding doors as I need to order the double tack for the doors
     

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  7. rotortuner

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    I liked Rembrandts setup, so i tried to improve on it a little. I bought the rail from 8020. And I went with the 1530, so the next step up (uses 5/16 hardware instead of 1/4). I just used 4" long carriage bolts to secure them into the routered chanells. The bench top is 5.5" thick 18" wide and 70" long(gluelam beam), legs are 6" x 13" I mortised them and router fit them into the bottom of the bench top, then used 8" lag bolts from the top, then covered those up with the large dowels. The bottom of the legs are reinforced with a notched 4x6 and that is lagged. The backing board is to secure it to the wall, its glued and screwed on doubled up 3/4 7 ply plywood (1.5" total thickness.). Was going to with with 2x12. but its started to get rill heavy... I have to move it in on rollers any way. I have to secure it to the wall next and finish up my mounting plates, Im just going to use carrage bolts and wing nuts, that way you dont have to use any tools to move stuff.

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    the top showing the tracks 8020 1530

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    Where I put the lags in. The other leg, are hidden under the track and one between tracks.

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    A view of the bottom. 34 5/16 bolts secure the two tracks(17 each.)

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    The other end:

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  8. chrisgo

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    Good Job but drastic overkill.....if you consider this, you are actually bolting your press to 1\4" aluminum or however thick the channel lip is. I don't see where that tabletop "beef" is going to do a whole lot but add weight.
     
  9. rotortuner

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    Actually you need something almost that thick, the channel is 1.5" thick and then I countersunk the bottom almost 1.5-2" to make room for a cut washer and a 1.5" fender washer, add those two together your loosing 3-3.5" so, where the tracks lay you really only have about 2-2.5" inches of thickness. If you didnt countersink the bottom you could go with something way thinner, but I wanted them countersunk so you dont hit your knees or snag anything on the bottom, plus looks cleaner.

    The weight works towards your advantage especially on the upstroke of sizing on those hard to get out casings where you might not be using enough lube. You have all that weight sitting there and your press isn't going to be able to move it. Any ways, the beam was free since i got it left over from a friend who was building a house.

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  10. Crashbox
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    Here's my setup, I'm still a noob at two months' worth of reloading. The LNL Classic was purchased Saturday for those tasks better suited to a single-stage. I don't normally keep the LNL AP powder drop on station five- I was doing some brainstorming.
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    The old refrigerator on the far right makes a great powder/brass vault.
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  11. steelhawk

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    For years my bench was two pieces of plywood 12x36 glued together. I clamped it to a desk or room divider. When I got a garage, it went on the work bench. It was cold in the winter.

    After the kids moved out, I built this bench and put it in a spare bedroom.

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  12. Meta

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    Here is my reloading setup. Structure provided by 4x4 material with a cherry facade to finish it off. Maple butcher block top with backspash. It was the first place I started when I renovated the house. Actually, it was originally going to be the only place I remodeled, but then my hammer migrated to the rest of the house and I gutted it, room by room. So, we have a newly renovated house, and I have a new gun room. Worked out great. :D

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  13. rotortuner

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    Hey Meta,

    What is the height of your bench off the floor?

    CJG
     
  14. tommyintx

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    AFy: That's a C-H Autochamp. w/ Case collater. C&H is still in business but no longer makes presses. They still sell their overstock of 4x4's, which are an awesome press btw.
     
  15. dewalt-2

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    Here's mine...
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    The red stuff's been getting it done for many years.
     
  16. deadeyedog270

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    I'm Loading

    Well it is not much right now and in a temp spot but I got my equipment on Wed. and spent that afternoon setting things up and spent Thursday afternoon setting up my die's (did not take long I only got .38sp for now) got my powder and primers today, after a hour playing with the scale and powder messure I did my first loads so far I can say I am happy with them:) hope to have a chance to fire them soon.

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  17. EddieNFL

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  18. crazyman

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    My NRMA Bench

    Here is my reloading bench I just finished.

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  19. dcloco

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    655.1 miles from home. This is my setup that I built for the kitchette that I am living in.

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  20. Old Time Hunter

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    Mine is still a work in progress:

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  21. i4sr5

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    My First Bench (and first post)

    Finished this bench up a couple weeks ago. The snow kept me from moving it for a while, but I got it into its current location last night.

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    There's an inch and a half layer of 2x4s/2x6s making the top. I then laid a 1/4 inch sheet of plywood over these. The top is 62"x31" and stands 3' off the ground. The shelves add another 2' to the height.

    This thread provided many useful ideas while I was designing it.

    I wanted to add a picture of myself dancing on it to prove its strength but didnt find the time to practice my Irish jig. :rolleyes:
     
  22. Idaho_Elk_Huntr

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    I almost have my reloading/doghouse done. I still might paint or wall paper the interior. It is 8x8 and I should of went bigger but it is built so I can mount axles on it. I still use the shop to store my powder and primers and it wouldnt fit inside of this shed. I still have a Co-ax press to mount and till I get the heater hooked up I leave my Chargemaster inside the house. I dont know if the display will freeze.
    I still need shelves as I only have one. I need a really sturdy shelve for my dies. You you see anything I can improve on please let me know.

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  23. joustin

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    Here are a few of my bench, lee zip trim and perfect powder measure are secured using t-bolts and show thumb or regular screws to keep everything modular. The Lee single stage has a hole under it that leads to a small parts bin that holds all the spent primers.
     

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  24. sandmbiker25

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    Here is my setup. Took up my entire extra bedroom. The bench is made from a solid core door i got from an auction, works real well.
     

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  25. Dave Bone

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    My Man Cave
     

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