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#5614319 - 02/22/15 11:03 PM Bench ideas
mreed Offline
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Registered: 11/17/09
Posts: 612
Loc: wise county
I finally got everything together and got a few rounds reloaded and was very satisfied with the results (I wish it had taken pics). Now the issue I have is the table in currently using just isn't strong enough to use for reloading for very long. I'm thinking about building a table and was wondering if I could get some ideas from the professionals and maybe a couple pics also
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#5614381 - 02/23/15 12:28 AM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
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Registered: 09/27/06
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Loc: Texas
What material? Wood, steel, concrete... Portable or permanent?


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#5614383 - 02/23/15 12:29 AM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
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I figured I'd use wood and it would be permanent
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#5617087 - 02/24/15 07:49 AM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
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Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 2389
Loc: Houston
Dude, I totally have the bench for you...

http://www.familyhandyman.com/workshop/w...-bench/view-all

I built this thing and it turned out ALOT better than I imagined. it was much heavier and sturdier than I thought. I've already mounted my press. Haven't used it yet other than just practicing but my bench strength is not the problem. I was super impressed how little wastage their was in his plans on the wood to cut. The way he assembled the joints made a bunch of sense when it was finally assembled.
The most important thing I learn was to take extra effort in assembly the three different "countertop" surfaces. the more square and level the top sides are, then the easier the final assembly.
All in all, i was super impressed with the layout and design. My wife even likes how rustic it looks. At first she wanted me to stain and seal it. But now that it's in my dark wood paneled study, she even likes the lumber color.

If you're interested, then pm me. I can discuss details on what worked and what I would have done differently.



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#5617558 - 02/24/15 11:36 AM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 7020
Loc: Wise Co.
I built this one out of stuff salvaged out of an old high school chemistry classroom. Rock solid.


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#5618137 - 02/24/15 04:28 PM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
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Have been using one of these in the house office for about 15 years. Lag bolted to the wall, I put a 3/4 inch piece of stained oak plywood on the bottom of it. with those it is sturdy enough for loading 50BMG. I use several different presses so they are all mounted on 12X12 inch 3/4 plywood with holes near the corners that match with captive nuts in the top of the table. The presses mounted on the plywood also makes it easy to clamp a press on the black&Decker workmate as a portable bench.

The one I use has 2 drawers these have 4

http://www.harborfreight.com/60-in-4-drawer-hardwood-workbench-69054.html
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#5618388 - 02/24/15 05:57 PM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
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Thanks guys I'll post a pic when I get one put together
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#5618427 - 02/24/15 06:10 PM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
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Build it as massive and sturdy as possible. You don't want your press to move; or very little.

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#5626213 - 02/28/15 12:18 PM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
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I snagged a fairly new solid core wood door off a job. It was being demo'd and was destined for the trash. I built a 2x4 stand to make it into a table, and it is as solid a foundation for reloading as one could ever need.
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#5628306 - 03/01/15 01:01 PM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
Jordan249 Offline
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Registered: 07/19/13
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I'm still working on the organization portion, but I built mine with 4x4 posts for the legs and ran 3 2x4 cross members on top and 2 cross members on the bottom. Had some leftover material so built shelves. I'm about 150 pounds and I was literally jumping on this thing and it didn't budge. I believe I built mine for just under $90 about 2 months ago. If you need some help with it, let me know.

This bench is also used for my other projects, so I didn't want to drill additional holes so I used a 4x6 post to create plates for my different presses. Not only did it provide less holes in the bench but it gave more height and was much easier to use because of it. I'm only 5'5" and the extra height was great.



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#5628322 - 03/01/15 01:13 PM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
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Registered: 02/25/09
Posts: 4544
Loc: Burleson Texas
Here is mine

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#5628682 - 03/01/15 04:19 PM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
Rembrandt Offline
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Registered: 11/17/13
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Decided to build a modular bench that can be easily moved and changed for future needs. Benches and cabinets are from Sams Club. Installed T-slot rails so interchangeable loaders can be swapped out. Roll cabs come out for additional bench space....and hide the components from view for a neater room.










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#5628919 - 03/01/15 05:56 PM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
Strongbad Offline
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Registered: 02/04/10
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It's nothing fancy but I use a Kobalt workbench from Lowe's. The main change I made was to replace the MDF top with a new piece that I made of 3 3/4" pieces of finish grade plywood then I had the whole thing covered with formica. I probably have $250 in it, and it's rock solid. Unfortunately it's not as pretty as some of the other benches represented here. I'll see if I can get a photo.

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#5629475 - 03/01/15 09:46 PM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
Jordan249 Offline
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Registered: 07/19/13
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Dang that is a nice setup!! If I had the space, I would totally go for that.

I looked at buying a bench, but building one only took 3 hours or so and I was able to customize the size while spending less than $100.

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#5629592 - 03/01/15 11:07 PM Re: Bench ideas [Re: mreed]
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Registered: 03/07/12
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Loc: longview texas
I bought a heavy duty office desk and works great


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