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Space Issue?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by GlockRN, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. GlockRN


    Dec 10, 2007
    Gettin ready to set up a new single stage outfit with the usual equipment and I'm limited on space in the room I'm working with. Whats the minimal size table I can build to keep everything within reach and not be too cramped while I reload?
  2. dudel


    Dec 10, 2008
    Texas Hill Country
    My first "bench" was the inside of a closet. You don't need much space. Creativity is what you need when space is tight. I've known folks that loaded on the dropped liftgate of their truck.

  3. BK63


    Sep 15, 2005
    I've seen people with portable roll out bench tops they keep in the closet. Roll it out and lock the wheels and load and then put it back when you're done. My house is small and I have no room at all for that stuff so I built myself a little room in the basement. Some people do it in the garage. You just have to get creative and find a spot to call your loading corner.
  4. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy Silver Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    Mine is set-up to be removeable and takes up very little space. I use a Lee Anniversary Kit and do around 250 to 500 rounds at a time.
    Not a space hog.
  5. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    depends, are you wanting something you can "roll out and put up" when you're done.... or something that stays in place? I don't have a single stage, so I'm not really used to loading that way, but I would think *minimum* would be 18-24in wide.

  6. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Yep, when I was in college, setup my ss in a coat closet, maybe 24"x36". It works, forces you to keep stuff clean & organized. My setup now is in a 8'x15' garage, stuff everywhere now. I do have three presses setup though & a casting setup though.:supergrin:
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2010
  7. GlockRN


    Dec 10, 2007
    Thanks guys, I have a 2'x4' space in a small room that I think will suit me well. And should probably encourage me to keep things in their place. I appreciate the suggestions!
  8. dudel


    Dec 10, 2008
    Texas Hill Country
    :supergrin: Makes we wonder how we ever survived! Mine is now in a 30' x60' garage (ma hall) and I want more space.

    Looking at a couple of acres (foreclosure) across the street with a storage building. Tear that down and I have a pad 20'x100' on which to build the next man cave. That would even be long enough to put a small range in. Hmmmm.
  9. sig357fan


    Apr 8, 2008
    SW OH
    built this with a file cabinet from Wally World, some scrap 2" x 4", 3/4" plywood and a table leg from Home Depot. the 2" x 4" at the back is screwed to the studs in the wall and the file cabinet has screws ran up from the top inside into the frame of the bench to make everything solid.

    shelf was one I had laying around, used it for the scale to isolate it from the bench and keep it at eye level.

    bottom drawers hold powder, primers and all the other equipment. top drawer is for tools and other small parts.

    the press is mounted to at piece of 3/8" steel that is screwed to the top, its drilled and tapped for the presses I use.

    bullets, brass and loaded rounds are stored on a book shelf in the room.

    cost less than $50 to make.

    Last edited: Apr 13, 2010
  10. While I have a bench in the basement with 2 presses on it and a bench in the garage for bullet casting. I also have the Franford Arsenal potable bench with a single stage press on it.

    I often drag it out and do prep work such as depriming cases in front of the TV.

    My older son will probably get the press and stand when he heads off to college.