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My reloading bench is complete thanks to ya'll

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Kwesi, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Kwesi

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    Thanks to everyone that shared their idea's on building their bench. This baby is built like a tank and weighs a few hundred pounds. Specs:

    40" table top height
    4' x 8'
    Top: two sheets of 3/4" plywood
    4" x 4" legs
    2" x 4" supports under table top except directly under the 550 where I used a 2" x 14" (scrap header beam Canadian product)
    We added the shelf to hold the scale because the top shelf was too high.
    Lag bolts to secure to the wall studs
    4' Fluorescent fixture centered over bench
    Long power strip hidden underneath from harbor Freight & drilled three holes at the rear of the table top.
    Note: I'm 6'2" and I had been loading on a very low table for a few years. I mounted the 550 on a 40" table and it felt right to me BUT it may bee too high. If I stand on a 2" board it feels perfect. I'll probably stand on one of those 2x14 header beams to confirm.

    Thanks again! This is my first real reloading bench and I really like it.
     
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  3. colin1230

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    Good job Kwesi, that aught to work. I take it is in your garage.
     
  4. JBnTX

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  5. F106 Fan

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  6. Zombie Steve

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    Awww. Look at the cute little container of brass. :supergrin::tongueout:


    A few suggestions:

    -You have a Dillon - might as well get the Dillon or Stihl or some other variety of girlie calendar for the wall.

    -Needs some antlers.

    -Needs a spittoon.




    :wavey:
     
  7. gooffeyguy

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    Get a stool
     
  8. Kwesi

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    Thx. It is located in my garage. I always prefer standing so no stool. Lighting is good with the LED strip facing station 2. Getting used to the height is my biggest challenge. I feel like I have to muscle the handle down. Gonna give it some bench time before deciding. Loaded 50 rounds of 45 Win Mag (17.3 gr BD ). Not sure how a 300 round session would have felt. OTOH possibly shorter cases (9 or 10 mm) may not feel the same. Any other improvements or additions?
     
  9. Colorado4Wheel

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    Your just not used the the bench. Mine is a little over 40" and I am only 5'10". No one complains about the bench being to high on my bench. It is the min height to keep my entire back/body straight on the down stroke.

    How tall is the strong mount you have? They make two for the 650.
     
  10. Kwesi

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    Colorado: IIRC my strong mount raises the press 15 1/2". My press is a 550.
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2013
  11. Colorado4Wheel

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    My Strong mount is 6.75". Give it a while to get used to the height is my opinion.
     
  12. F106 Fan

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    The combination 550/650 strong mount raises the press 8-1/2".

    The 650 only strong mount raises the press 6"

    Richard
     
  13. Kwesi

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    My make shift bench that I learned on was only 29". I didn't realize my right shoulder wasn't supposed to dip way down with every pull of the handle. LOL
     
  14. Kentguy

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    Kwesi,

    Very nice bench! :thumbsup:

    Just one minor criticism... The bench looks too organized and clean. You need to haphazardly toss some load books around and perhaps spread out some bullets & primers, not to mention some old rags tossed on the floor... Ya, that's the ticket. :supergrin:

    Seriously, you did a good job on your bench, and it looks like you have plenty of room to spread out as you acquire more stuff.
     
  15. Kwesi

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    My strong mount measures 9".
     
  16. Kwesi

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    Thx. Roger that. The dirty rags are in the plastic tub on the bottom.
     
  17. WKshooter

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    Wow...I like the simplicity and function. Hope you don't mind, but I'm going to build one just like it for my "man-cave". Thanks for posting..
     
  18. Colorado4Wheel

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    So with mount you are a little higher then me at the press. About 2 inch's. I will be curious if you decide to lower it in the futures.

    Another way to know you have the press at the right height is to see if the handle is at the height of the socket for your arm.
     
  19. Kwesi

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    Don't mind at all. It's what was created out of many other forum members ideas.