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Offline MDslammer

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Plans on building a reloading bench?
« on: 04:19 PM, 04/23/12 »
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  • Hi Guys,

    New to the forum so hellow to all. I did a search for "building plans for reloading bench" but only found
    a few threads. Most of which I've already seen from web surfing.

    Anyway, I just thought I'd check with you all to see if you had any recommendations as to where I might
    look for some advice/info/plans on building my own bench. I was thinking of something along the lines
    of 2'x6'. I'm no carpenter so it's going to be as simple but as effective as possible.

    Thanks very much.
    Best.

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    « Reply #1 on: 05:11 PM, 04/23/12 »
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  • 1 1/8" plywood makes a great top and is commonly available at all home depots/ lowes stores. this is very stout material.  legs can be made by fitting together steel pipe (either black or galvanized) found in the plumbing section. you can either use 90's from the store and fit it together and bolt it all together or if the option is available then weld it. Lows/Home depot will cut and thread the pipe for you.  I'm a contractor and building/welding it was not a big deal for me, but for some it may be a hassle. The 1 1.8 ply will run you about $40 and you will probably have another $30ish or so in pipe..... These ideas were given to me courtesy of boyd allen who's plans ideas i used for my own but modified. same basic idea though. I like a 3 leg design personally because it is easier to me to set up and have no wobble.

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    « Reply #2 on: 07:11 PM, 04/23/12 »
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  • Bolt to the wall for maximum stability. I have two benches. One for brass prep and the other for everything else.
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    « Reply #3 on: 11:15 PM, 04/23/12 »
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  • oops my bad i was thinking "shooting bench," not reloading bench. yup, like charlie said though definatly attach to the wall. i used e few 3" drywall screws. i built mine. 2x4's, course drywall screws, and some plywood sand the whole thing down and you will be splinter free. mine is 30" off the ground (designed for sitting while handloading which i would highly advise). the bench top is 1 1/8" ply and the workspace is 7' x 24". here ill give you some pics hopefully this will help a little bit







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    « Reply #4 on: 03:57 AM, 04/24/12 »
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  • I've built two reloading benches very similar in design to nra's. I used 2"x6" for the framing and legs. Each leg is two 2"x6" screwed together to form a right angle. I then made a frame for the top out of 2"X6" that measured 2' x 4' so it would accept precut 3/4" plywood sheets from the lumber yard in that size, I used two of these precut sheets screwed and glued together to make the top, 1 1/2" total. I then bolted and screwed the legs to the frame and screwed it to the wall. You can make your bench whatever height is comfortable for you. Sorry for no pics I am having camera difficulties at the moment.

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    « Reply #5 on: 05:57 AM, 04/24/12 »
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  • I have two reloading benches. One very old and solid. The other, an office desk. The desk is not nearly as old, but very solid and and easy to to clean. Look around at second hand shops (like St. Vincet DePaul) and used office furniture stores. These solid old desks are plentiful and very inexpensive. The one I found has 3 drawers on the right and a "flat" style drawer in the middle. The drawers are very handy for keeping tools, dies, etc. This route saved me time and money. I like it better than my old bench. I use the both, but mainly the office desk.


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    « Reply #6 on: 07:41 AM, 04/24/12 »
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  • Here are the plans I used.
    http://www.shotgunsportsmagazine.com/downloads/bench_plans.pdf

    I have not had time to build the top yet but bottom works great and very solid
    http://www.shotgunsportsmagazine.com/downloads/bench_plans.pdf


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    « Reply #7 on: 09:43 AM, 04/24/12 »
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  • MDSlammer - I built the same bench and top as HDfireman shows about 20 yrs ago.  A great, solid unit that has survived one move.  Bench and lower shelf hold an incredible amount of weight; top is easily removed.  I had a local lumberyard cut all of the wood pieces to plan size and it made construction/assembly much easier.
    Don

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    « Reply #8 on: 02:30 PM, 04/25/12 »
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  • Thank you all for taking time to chime in and post pics. Very helpful. You all did a great job!

    I was going to make mine 4' high. Use 2 4x4's cut in half for the 4 main posts to frame around. Do you think this will be too high? I was planning on standing to reload. Bad idea?

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    « Reply #9 on: 04:24 PM, 04/25/12 »
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  • The pics of these benches are all wrong...they are too neat and orderly. Needs much more clutter and disorganization.

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    « Reply #10 on: 07:55 PM, 04/25/12 »
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  • OK, here's a cluttered one!  My dad made it for me years ago; it deserves to be kept a bit neater.  It's red oak with a 2" top and dovetail joint drawers.

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    « Reply #11 on: 08:30 PM, 04/25/12 »
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  • An important question to me is will this be in the house or in the garage/shop? If in the house, below is a post I make some time back. This does not take much carpenter skills and is inexpensive for the end result. You get the bench top and lots of storage space for your stuff. Bolt it to the wall studs with straps and it is rock solid. The end results look like a custom build without the high price.


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    « Reply #12 on: 10:23 AM, 04/26/12 »
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  • Years ago I sent away for a set of plans for a "Reloading Bench".  Over the years I managed to put off the project and loose the plans.

    A few years ago I found them posted online.  Here they are:

    http://www.shotgunsportsmagazine.com/downloads/bench_plans.pdf


    I was fortunate to have a table saw and cut all the cabinet materials first.  All the other lumber was cut using a Cutoff Saw so edges were square and smooth.

    Built it exactly per instructions with the exception of substituting white melamine coated cabinet grade particle board for the "Bench Plywood".  The edges of the particle board were capped with 3/4" screen stop from Home Depot.

    This is one stout bench which stands up to some real "high effort" work with a Rock Crusher as well as providing a rock steady platform for my Dillon XL650.  Stable enough that the case feeder doesn't sway even a fraction of an inch while loading at full speed.

    I had to fabricate mine in three sections, the legs/bottom shelf, Bench Top, and Top Cabinet, in order to move it into an upstairs room.  It's one "heavy mother" when finished but well worth the effort.

    If it wasn't so messy now I'd post some pics.  Maybe later.

    BTW, if one doesn't have a table or panel saw, it's often possible to get a local cabinet maker to cut all the material according to the plans for a small fee.  If you catch the local Home Depot at a slow time, most of the cuts can be made on their panel saw and they might even overlook any charge.  My local one is pretty good if you don't go at a busy time.  Helps the "associate" pass the time and avoid "busy work".

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    « Reply #13 on: 03:12 PM, 04/26/12 »
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  • MDSlammer - the bench described by hdfireman, amlevin, and me are all the same one; the basic plan is a design for a stand-up/tall stool arrangement.  It's really stout!
    Don

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    « Reply #14 on: 08:53 AM, 04/28/12 »
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  • The pics of these benches are all wrong...they are too neat and orderly. Needs much more clutter and disorganization.

    lol, i purposly only took pictures of the bottom side of my bench to show the construction aspects... no need for everyone to see the disaster that is on the top! "neat",  "orderly", and "reloading bench" are typically not three terms used in the same sentence in my house!


     

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