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#6844729 - 08/03/17 09:29 PM OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches.....
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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.

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#6845362 - 08/04/17 01:38 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: skinnerback]
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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.

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#6845365 - 08/04/17 01:40 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: skinnerback]
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Thank you Sir.

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#6845375 - 08/04/17 01:49 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: skinnerback]
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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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#6845388 - 08/04/17 02:02 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: skinnerback]
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Thank you.

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#6845424 - 08/04/17 02:34 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: skinnerback]
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Mild to wild lol

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 roflmao
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#6845426 - 08/04/17 02:35 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: skinnerback]
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Pretty basic, nothing fancy. Took an afternoon to build. Pretty sturdy, it's been up for 6 or 7 years.
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#6845438 - 08/04/17 02:46 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: skinnerback]
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^^ Nice! ^^

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#6845458 - 08/04/17 03:02 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: tth_40]
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Originally Posted By: tth_40


Pretty basic, nothing fancy. Took an afternoon to build. Pretty sturdy, it's been up for 6 or 7 years.


If I had a loading room like this I would park the truck on the next street over lock the door and let the wife think I wasn't home.
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#6845500 - 08/04/17 03:58 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: skinnerback]
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It shares the room with the Electra Glide Ultra Classic so the only time the wife is in there is when she wants to go for a ride. grin
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#6845519 - 08/04/17 04:14 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: skinnerback]
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This thread is going to force me to clean up my bench, to make it presentable.

Thank you.
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#6845534 - 08/04/17 04:27 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: skinnerback]
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A nicely organized bench must always be photographed for posterity, JG. Here's how my latest bench looked after I set it up back in about 2008 or so...





This is built from furnishings removed from an old high school chemistry lab.
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#6845538 - 08/04/17 04:33 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: skinnerback]
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I remember that pic, RR... grin cheers

I think it was circa 2010 or thereabouts.
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#6845542 - 08/04/17 04:37 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: FiremanJG]
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This thread is going to force me to clean up my bench, to make it presentable.

Thank you.


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#6845544 - 08/04/17 04:38 PM Re: OK so after looking at the cost of ready to go work benches..... [Re: skinnerback]
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From when I first set it up

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