I'm definitely gonna build my own reloading bench and shelves etc....I'm good at building so no biggie, but briefly entertained the idea of just buying a ready to go set up. Let's see your reloading area, gimme some ideas guys. Thanks in advance.
This video is the closest thing I have to show my benches. There is a second loading station behind this one with an Auto Trickler on the Sartorious scale now. I use 2- 3/4" plywood heavily screwed together, with 2"x4" supports below it for added support. 2"x4" legs are bolted to the floor. The bench is mounted to the wall and to the floor. How big depends on how much space you need. My main bench is 10' or 12' long and 36" or 40" deep, I can't remember. The second bench is a single stage station only, and is 4' wide and 32" deep IIRC.
My die shelving was designed to hold multiple die sets in little cubbie boxes, and they work great.
No photos cause photobucket sucks, but here is my take. Build it with the plan of bolting it to the wall. If you are having to horse on your ammo you are doing something wrong, but a good steady bench is a plus. Make your best guess at how many shelves you want and double that. Over time your gear will swarm. For backing on your shelves use peg board. Leave some areas open and use the peg board to hang the tools you use the most In plain sight on the peg board. No getting up and looking for stuff. A dedicated shelf for lyour reoading manuals, always at your fingertips. A shelf at eye level for your powder scale. No craning your neck to read the scale. A small articulated lamp. No fluorescent lights. A power strip mounted someplace on the outside of the bench. Power at you reach. A low lip around the edge of the work surface. Nothing rolling off. Don't bolt it down in a room you can't keep the wife out of.
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Mine consists of the cutout for the double compartment kitchen sink from a formica counter top when my parents remodeled their kitchen 20 years ago. I reinforced it with some scrap 2x4 and built a stand that is a good working height for a standing positon. Pair it with some wall mounted shelves and it is a nice compact working area in my utility room. Out of the way, air conditioned, and functional... but far from fancy. I put my loading setup together when I was in my early teens on my own though so you could probably spring for something a little nicer! My wife says its ugly