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Bench Idea Comments plz

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by mudflap, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. mudflap


    Jun 17, 2006
    Sandbox City VA
    Due to limited space, am not able to have bench anywhere. Also, no closet space is available. So, I thought of this cabinet. However, it will not be able to be placed against a wall as all the wall space is already taken. It will be free standing in open area in the garage without any wall for support. It does weight 158lbs unloaded and a 1" thick fitted maple top is available.

    Planning on using the cabinet for a 550/650.

    Comments please and thanks.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2012
  2. It's on wheels, which in itself cannot be good for a reloading bench. My bench is anchored to the wall and that's what I'd recommend doing. Can you move stuff around to find wall space?

  3. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    Depending on the press and the caliber you'll be able to make it work. I have a buddy that did it with a SDB on a strong mount for 9mm. He took 2 pieces of 3/4 ply cut to fit the top. Glued and screwed them together and bolted the press mount through the plywood and top of the box. Use large area washers under the metal top with fiber-lock nuts.

    He kept 2-3K bullets in the bottom drawer as well as powder and primers, tools, etc in the drawers. Worked rather well he loaded 1000 rounds of so every month for a couple years for IDPA like that until he bought a house and got a bench and upgraded to a XL650.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2012
  4. unclebob


    Oct 14, 2000
    Mary Esther FL
  5. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    When I first started reloading I had a wooden box with all my supplies and press in. I had mounting holes in the top. I would take the press out mount it to the press and reload away. Once I was finished the press went back into the box and was put away.
  6. SJ 40

    SJ 40

    Jan 17, 2011
    Not a lot different than the Craftsman roll away tool box I use. What with two presses and a Star lubesizer on the top of 1" plywood.
    Then 5 drawers loaded to the gills with what have you,well lets just say one time I tried rolling it around and it's plenty stable. SJ 40
  7. I use this. I downloaded this but can't find the link.

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Sep 8, 2012
  8. ricklaut


    Jan 10, 2012
    Las Vegas
    The wheels on the Sears bench could pose a problem unless you get it backed up squarely to a wall.

    For reference, I'm tight on space too. My solution was this ginormous (very, very heavy) stool:



    I've since remounted my single stage press to the opening next to the other powder measure. It's kinda like a manual indexing workstation... turn the whole thing for a different task.
  9. roger123


    Feb 23, 2012
    VA Beach, VA
    My press is mounted on a rolling welding cart that I made to use as a welding table. I've repurposed it for the press and it works fine.

    It's supper heavy though so that helps a lot.
  10. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

    Jun 12, 2002
    North Carolina
    If you can afford a $500.00 bench, you can afford to find a bigger place to live. A housing market in the gutter and 3% interests rates, why spend a mortgage check on a reloading bench?
  11. Kentguy


    Nov 22, 2010
    Kent, OH

    After reading these boys posts - If there's a will there's a way!

    I was going to suggest just building a 2'x2' or 3'x3' wooden bench out of 3/4" plywood & 2'x4's. Would not take up much space or money and would be sturdy enough to handle a 550 or 650.

    Whether you decide on a cabinet from Sears or to make your own, just make sure it's secure. If your gonna "Shake - Rattle & Roll" make sure it's on the dance floor and not in the reloading room. :supergrin:

    Sorry... I just had a 50's moment there.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2012
  12. ricklaut


    Jan 10, 2012
    Las Vegas
    Just another idea that comes from a different forum - one reloader mounted his press to the wall:

  13. I have a steel bench, with hundreds of pounds of bullets on the shelves/in the drawers, and it's anchored to the cinder block wall - and there is still some movement. I think if I had anything with wheels, the first pull would send it out the garage door, onto the driveway. I must be a gorllla... :rofl:
  14. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    If you can't anchor it Attach a peice of plywood to the bottom and extend it out far enough that you can sit or stand on the plywood when you are reloading.

    I have a lot more room but I am currently in a rental. I was not able to attach it to the wall so I attached a second smaller bench and a toolbox to the bench at 90 degree angles. It is just as solid as if was lagged to the wall and my landlord is not pissed.