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Bench Idea..

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Fwdftw, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Fwdftw

    Fwdftw

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    Got this for free from a neighboor moving out... Plans include to brace it and L bracket it to the wall.. i wanna put a clear mat or something underneath the bench for my fiances sake.. and well the carpet too :) ideas??? :wavey:

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  2. WiskyT

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    It just has the look of fail on it. Think 2x lumber, sheetrock screws, and your kid's elmers glue.
     


  3. Fwdftw

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    LMAO the look of fail.. i like the shelving and stuff.. possibly remove the bottom portion? my whole thing is .. will the plastic matt mess me up? i need to protect the carpet.. this was just put in 5 months ago
     
  4. 44terryberry

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    but the problem is, if you mount a press on it, the stress just might rip the bench apart. Hope not, but its possible
     
  5. Fwdftw

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    well the plan is the reinforce and brace the lower half..
     
  6. I'd cut the rounded edge off the front too so it didn't have as much unsupported area... as far as the clear mat goes... get one of those hard office mats for chairs to roll on and screw it down... won't tear up the carpet if you do it right.
     
  7. Fwdftw

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    fiance aint gonna go for that... lmao i figure the pressure of the bench on it and being mounted to the studs it will be ok..?
     
  8. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    Sorry, I was a bit harsh, but reloading is a cruel world.

    It just doesn't look sturdy. What you could do is build a bench top, sans legs, and screw it to both walls. That might be strong enough. If not, put one leg on the one corner that isn't supported and screw that leg to the subfloor. If you drive a screw through carpet, and take it back out, you'll never find the hole.

    I don't see how plastic on the floor will hurt anything. If I was smart, I would have put it down on mine. Mine is in a dedicated room so it doesn't matter.

    Maybe even a piece of cheap vinyl flooring from Home Depot layed on top of the carpet. The stuff is like $1.00 per square foot, looks decent, is durable, and you could probably roll an office chair around on it without too much trouble.
     
  9. Fwdftw

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    Soo.. basically throw this away and build a bench? lol.

    What about taking the top off and putting it on top of a sturdy base? i know im trying to be cheap here and normally thats not the right thing to do.
     
  10. GioaJack

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    About the only way you're going to make that work and still keep the little lady happy is with some heavy duty bracing.

    If I had to use that and retain the over all look I do believe I'd get a 3/4 inch piece of plywood. I'd cut it to the exact shape of the desk top and screw it to the bottom to retain the finished look. You can countersink the screw holes and cover them with plastic or wooden caps stained the same color.

    I believe I'd the attach five 2X4's as support legs, one at each corner along side the existing sides and one directly in the middle at the back.

    To keep domestic harmony I believe I'd then go to the fabric department at Wally World, buy some decorative fabric that compliments the room's decor cut it to the proper width and floor length then use upholstery tacks to secure it to the front, curved portion of the desk top. That would not only conceal the 2X4's but also afford a hidden storage area.

    I believe that's what I'd do... if I had to.


    Jack
     
  11. Honestly? I'd use it for a brass prep table/station and build a real bench for the loading, you'll need it.
     
  12. WiskyT

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    It doesn't sound like you're being cheap. It sounds like you are trying to make some kind of deal with someone who has never forgiven you for leaving the seat up. You want a bench made of lumber, all men do. But, she says it will look icky and will have none of it. Build your lumber bench. When your woman leaves you, date all of her friends.

    The bench top kight work if used as sort of a veneer for a real bench that is lurking underneath it.
     
  13. WiskyT

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    That's just what he needs, marital advice from Jack. And fabric and upholstery tacks? Have you been doubling up on the fentanol, or are you the president of the Danielle Steel fan club?
     

  14. Like Jack said... ifyou REALLY beef it up then make it look presentable otherwise, it'll work, just not really the best solution.

    I should start building Reloading Cabinets out of Oak that close up and no one knows that they are, just that they're pretty... I bet I could sell the PEE out of em to guys that had to relinquish their "Man Cards" :supergrin:
     
  15. Fwdftw

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    no no no no no and no!! i have the go forth on the bench.. the other half just says i have to protect the carpet!! carpet is the issue ( and im trained to put the seat down) lol. I was just trying to make good use of a free table..
     
  16. WiskyT

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    Use the free table as a workbench to build your reloading bench. Then paint the free table pink and tell your womern the two of you can use it when you do scrapbooking togeather.
     
  17. GioaJack

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    Just because I have an ex-wife in every state and all of the U.S. territories doesn't mean I didn't learn stuff... I just didn't put any of it into practice.

    Besides, all you guys came up with is stuff that will insure the poor guy stays celibate the rest of his life.


    Jack
     
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  18. Fwdftw

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    lol what a great thread...

    MY Balls are intact fellas.. lol I paid for the carpet and dont want it jacked up lol that is all
     
  19. PCJim

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    When the carpet was laid, what was under it?

    Wisky is right. If your floor is a wood subfloor, you can drive a screw into it and when removed, you'll never see the hole. Just be careful when driving the screw that you don't get a snag on the carpet loops, else you'll have a run like women get in their hoses. Separate the loops as much as possible, and use a manual screwdriver, not an electric that you cannot easily control.