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Bench Ideas!?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Fwdftw, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. Fwdftw

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    Soooo! Im gonna be building a bench in my extra bedroom. need ideas.. this is gonna be for a lee single stage press .. reloading .45 and .308 and .223 .. Thanks in advance.. Ill be tumbling outside so this willl be just for the press and other items.. Thanks!!:wavey::wavey:
     
  2. MightyTygart

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    I just built my first reloading bench and the idea was not to use up all the space in my man cave. That said, my bench is made of 2x12's one on the back one for the top and then I cut the remainder of my material at 45 degree angles and used those pieces for braces between the top and the back. FWIW mine is 88" long because that how much wall space I had. I have three single stage presses and a powder thrower mounted on it which is taking up just over half of the bench. I didn't feel the need to build a bench to store all of my components. I have a large set of shelves next to the bench for that. Hope this helped.
     

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  3. XDRoX

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    This is my bench:
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    Another view:
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    If I had to do it over again I would have just built kitchen cabinets throughout the garage. My master plan it to have kitchen cabinets all around my garage and for it to look like a giant beautiful kitchen, except reloading presses instead of regular kitchen stuff:supergrin:
     
  4. IndyGunFreak

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    Depends on a lot of things... How much space, your skill level, budget, etc. There's all kinds of "kits" for retards (like me) to build benches.. No weird cuts, just straight cuts and screws.... Then there's plans that are far more advanced, for those who are not challenged in a wood shop. Obviously the latter benches will be much nicer than the former, but if done properly, both will be just as functional.

    You can also Google Image "Reloading Bench Setup" and you'll get a gazillion ideas.

    IGF
     
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  5. sig357fan

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  6. WiskyT

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    Cheap, simple, and idiot proof. It's screwed to the wall and floors and does not budge.

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  7. Boxerglocker

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    It would be pretty hard to beat pricing out the wood with the
    drawers and all. Not to mention the time to get it built. I have the woodworking skills and even access to my full blown cabinet makers shop. Wood CNC machine and all, but it would have taken me hours. I was a good deal and I highly would recommend buying one if it would suit your needs. Even the cheapest slap it together 2x4 and plywood bench with just a lower shelf in this 20 x 60 size is gonna cost you over half of what this did just in materials.
    Plus it looks nice in a bedroom and the drawers are very usefull :supergrin:
     
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  8. shotgunred

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  9. dudel

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    They don't get much easier than these. https://picasaweb.google.com/donudel/Benches#

    No angle cuts, all 2x4 (or 2x6 if you really want to). Screws together, easy to exand should you decide you need more space later (you replace the 4 long stringers and the worksurface).

    Want even easier, use a solid core door for the work surface.
     
  10. IndyGunFreak

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    I dunno, looks like you knotched those legs and rails pretty good... I for one, being a total retard when it comes to carpentry, would likely screw that up... and it most definitely would not look as good as yours.

    IGF
     
  11. dudel

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    Indy,

    Take a closer look. They aren't notched. Same effect though. There are two layers of 2x4. One full length, the others cut so that they create the knotches. Real easy. The effect is that of a half tenon. They keep the legs from rocking/racking.

    You'll see it in the side view of the bench/leg.
     
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  12. WiskyT

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    If you THINK you can do that one, I KNOW you could do the one I made. If you use glue and screws, you don't need any tenons etc. Also, IMO, I don't like a shelf or any framing under the bench. It's easier to just use storage tubs underneath and they are more modular than a shelf that gets piled uo with stuff. Also, without the shelf underneath, you can keep the area clear for your legs.

    I prefer to use my benches as benches. For storage I use old dressers and cheapo wall cabinets.
     
  13. PCJim

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    Very similar to the scratch bench I put together. Only thing you're missing, Dudel, is power at the bench (at the left and center supports), with a switch to control the overhead lighting (right side of center support). Power is obtained from a GFCI outlet I ran, as seen on wall at the far left of the bench.

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    A close up of the tie-in...

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  14. trcubed

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    Built my bench in an odd area in our garage. The ceiling is ~15' high and resulted in a bunch of wasted space above my truck, so I built a platform high enough to back my truck under and put my bench up there.

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  15. oneofthose

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    Wow, this looks almost exactly like mine, without the electrical tie in, that's a nice touch.

    I made sure to build it so the top and lower shelf were easily un-bolted from the legs to move if needed.

    I also recommend giving extra consideration to the height. For me, 42" was perfect for me to reload while standing, and if I want to sit down, a standard bar stool works great.
     
  16. PCJim

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    The electric is convenient for the tumbler (always used on the floor), electric drill for when I'm processing hundreds of .223 cases (see the other thread), dremel tool work, mp3 speakers, other non-reloading work on the bench, you name it. Not to mention the light control.

    I'm not an electrician. I do have a pretty good knowledge of circuit loading and design (although I only work with 120 and 240v), and enjoy the creativity of adapting it to my needs.

    I reload while sitting on a stool. The height is 36 5/8" if I remember correctly. Top and shelf are screwed to the framing members with coarse thread sheetrock screws.