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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. corky52

    corky52 Member

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    Here is mine. Stuffed into a tight space.

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  2. flashhole

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    corky - what is the bench top made of. I like the white work area and your choice in presses. What model is your Lyman tumbler?
     
  3. corky52

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    Thanks, the tumbler is the Lyman Turbo Twin. It comes with the full size and the small bowls. The benchtop is a base of 2x6 lumber, topped with 3/16 plywood, then the top is a 3/16 masonite panel with a white glossy surface attached with liberal amounts of construction adhesive. Not as durable as, say formica, but it serves the purpose. Easy to clean, easy for old eyes to see little stuff. :) The nice thing is that it's cheap. Got it at Lowes. I think it was about $11.00 a 4x8 sheet. If it gets too marred up, I'll just glue another sheet over it.

    Charlie
     
  4. Maverick223

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    I like the masonite, I am considering adding one to my bench to use as a dry erase surface for notes and such. Seems like a splendid idea. xyxthumbs.gif
     
  5. brushwolf

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    my temp bench

    my temp bench
     

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  6. corky52

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    Dry erase notes.......outstanding idea. Maverick! Off to Staples tomorrow for a couple of markers. Wonderful ideas come out of THR! I just used the masonite 'cause it is easy to clean.
     
  7. Maverick223

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    That's what I said when I saw your bench. ;)
     
  8. ccjcc81

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    Is this masonite panel flexible, or would it crack if attached to a bench with less sturdy support than your 2x6 with plywood? I only used plywood, but I want a surface like that.

    Beautiful.
     
  9. corky52

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    Yeah, it's pretty flexible. The surface is very much like a whiteboard, now that I look at it. Obviously you're not talking about a lot of flex in your bench. When I was putting it in the bed of the pickup for the ride home it was flexing 6-8" as I lifted it. It's only 3/16", so it's not really thick. You'd want to make sure that your foundation was pretty stiff. Hope that helps.

    As a side note, dry erase markers work great! I work at the local high school and borrowed one to try it. It wipes off cleanly with a paper towel.

    Charlie
     
  10. Maverick223

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    Glad to hear it...every once in a while I come up with something that's useful. ;)
     
  11. c919

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    I used Birch for the top, sanded it real good, then gave it a few coats of polyurethane. It works well for me.
     
  12. 45LongColt

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    My Cartridge Bench & Shotshell Bench

    Here is a shot of my cartridge bench. I spend about 20 hours a week in here working up reloads.

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    And my Shot Shell Reloading Bench
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  13. flashhole

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    LongColt - What kind of press is that with the big black ball handle?
     
  14. 45LongColt

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    Flashhole,

    Its a Harrel's Turret Press.
     
  15. Plakerio

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    Nice bench 45LongColt. One day i'll have to make a bench like yours but for now I'm stuck with a two shelf night stand. Looks like one could almost go shopping in your garage, with everything put up so orderly.
     
  16. 45LongColt

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    Thanks Plakeio,

    It started out small but over the years I started reloading more types of cartridges to the point I now reload for 3 different shot shells, 9 different pistols and 6 different rifles cartridges. The bench needs expanded again as I am running out of surface area to work. I guess that's what happens after 30 years of reloading:)

    LongColt
     
  17. curly67

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    Here's mine

    Not much to look at right now but is still under construction. Came up with a handy way to keep the spent pimers from falling on the floor. Just unscrew the A&W bottle when full and dump.
     

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  18. curly67

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    Anyone got any of the old Lee Dippers Either red in color or black? would pay decent for them.
     
  19. flashhole

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    curly, you can almost always find them on eBay.
     
  20. Lumberjack0864

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    Corky52 How much overhang did you leave? I just bought a Lee Classic Turret press and need to build a good sturdy table for it and have been searching for some ideas. Also, what type of adhesive did you use to attache the masonite?
     
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  22. Tilos

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    I've built a few, the latest

    Any bench top I've built seems to collect stuff and I end up with only the front edge to "work" on.
    This time I went vertical and built a cabinet with a door to keep out curious little fingers.
    Cabinet is only 16 inches deep and not completely stocked yet.
    One sheet of 7/16 OSB ($9.95) with free cuts from HD and some jobsite scrap framing.
    The bifold closet door and hinges cost more than the lumber:what:
     

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  23. Offfhand

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    Tilos, be cautious about having that hot lamp so close to the powder measure.
     
  24. Tilos

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    Offhand...thanx

    It's one of those PC squiggly bulbs, with the mercury in it, that's not supposed to get hot...probably just explode.

    Only temporary as I plan to put a 12-18" under-shelf floresent in the same place.
    Sometimes my temporary can be a long time though.
     
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  25. curly67

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    aussie shepard sleepin next to the heater ahhh the dogs life.
     

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