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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Tomcat10, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. Tomcat10

    Tomcat10 Member

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    Does anyone have any photos of a reloading bench that you can bolt together , and take apart for moving ?
    TIA
     
  2. jmorris

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    This is my most portable. One 5/8 pin for the receiver and wing nuts for the studs on the press mount.

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  3. jmorris

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    Not mine but a benchrest shooters solution.

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    Doesn’t take a lot, just need something that won’t move to mount the press to.

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    I know a few that use the black and decker workmate benches and like them too. They can be had cheap on Craigslist.
     
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  4. Hokie_PhD

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    In my previous home I bolted mine to a board similar to above and used a workmate.

    It was a crummy setup but it was portable, inexpensive as I had the workmate and it worked.
     
  5. troy fairweather

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    find a old workmate.
     
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  6. iShoot17

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    How big of a bench are you looking to build? And “take apart for moving” as in to the range, or to a new home?

    My bench was built to break down into six pieces. The top, an equal length shelf that goes underneath, then the four legs. I used long bolts and nuts to assemble it all together. While it wasn’t my first choice, but it fit the bill for the home I was living in and the need to get it to a higher floor. Turns out the sucker is really sturdy and I don’t really have a need to build another. Let me know and I could try to snag some pictures for you if it sounds similar to your ambitions.
     
  7. Tilos

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    Yep, I've made wood shelving this way to be knocked down into flat pieces when I move, works great.
    I used T-Nuts instead of nut for easier assembly:
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  8. Offfhand

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    This folding loading bench has proved to be convenient and portable. Press and powder measure are quickly attached/detached, there is room for other tools and even for a cleaning cradle. Everything easily fits in vehicle.. Bench2.JPG
     
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  9. Varminterror

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    Black & Decker Workmate. Used one for a few years as my only bench, and still use it regularly. Need a bigger bench, use two of them. I used 2ft x 2ft MDF project panel, but a guy could do a 2ft x 4ft panel with two workmates. No real wood crafting skill required.

    If I wanted a more semi-permanent solution, I’d draw one up such the legs were bolted, then could be turned flat under the deck and bolted back on for transport. All compacting to within its own frame, shipping as a 2ft x 4ft x 5” deep slab. Maybe even throw casters or wheel axles to make it easier to move.
     
  10. Rembrandt

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    Guess it depends how big a bench you need. Sam's Club has a line of benches called Seville Classics. All are bolt together kits that are easily assembled. The nice thing is that they fit thru a standard sized door opening if you need to move it. Kinda think of them as a modular system.

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  11. iShoot17

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    Yes sir! I’ve used my fair share of T-Nuts! My bench has T-Track built in so that I can slide equipment out of the way when needed. I bolt the presses to their mounts via bolts and T-Nuts.

    I opted to use a lock nut and washer instead, as I couldn’t find 1/2” T-Nuts while buying hardware.
     
  12. fotheringill

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    Workmate works if you ok with hunching over when doing your tasks or with using a milking stool to sit on. Harbor Freight sells a reasonably large table for about $150 that can be taken apart and moved. No hunching with Harbor Freight table.
     
  13. zeke

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    Mine is on wheels, and fits through standard door ways easily. It usually resides in the living room.
     
  14. Tilos

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    Yes, 1/2x13 T-Nuts can be pricey, even on Amazon were I buy T-Nuts and other fasteners in 100 count bags.
    Amazon is way cheaper than big box store blister packs of hardware.
    Tractor Supply Co. sells common hardware by the pound, cheaper than per piece prices, but still gouge on the specialty stuff in blister packs.
    way more info that needed,
    :D
     
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