Reloading bench coating?

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  1. aerod1

    aerod1 NRA Life Member

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    I am in the process of building a reloading bench in my garage. I am using raw unfinished lumber. Should I use a varnish, laquer, polyurethane or some other type of coating on this bench or should I just leave it raw?
    I also want to sit in a standard chair. What heighth did you guys make your bench top?
    Thanks.
     
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  2. bdhawk

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    i use the 12"X12" vinyl floor tile on my bench. the el cheapo peel and stick kind. i like 'em because you can easily replace damaged ones. and if you want or need to move a bench mounted piece of equipment you can remove the old tile, putty the holes and put on new tiles.

    they can be bought for less than thirty bucks for 45 square feet. they can be cleaned pretty easily, and spills [beverages, oils, solvents, etc.] are easily swabbed with a shop cloth or paper towel. and......if you get tired of the pattern, it is cheap to start over.
     

  3. bdhawk

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    oh, yeah, how high? i like to stand while i reload. makes it easier to peek into each and every case to make sure there is powder. if memory serves, my bench is 'bout 36 inches high.
     
  4. IndyGunFreak

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    I don't know if I read this suggestion here on GT, or somewhere else. Basically, whether seating or standing, the top of the handle, should be just below/even with your shoulder.

    Personally, I've found this works for me...

    IGF
     
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  5. norton

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    I attached a thin sheet of smooth white paneling to my reloading bench top. Its the kind used for shower walls. Its cheap, easy to nail down and makes cleaning up powder spills a snap. No cracks for powder or primers to slip in. If I were doing it again, I would glue it to the plywood sandwich top rather then tack it down.
     
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    I put Hard Masonite on all my benches, you can get it at any Lumber Yard. comes in 4x8 sheets.
     
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    I have my shop work bench coated with Line-X. The same stuff as the bedliner for trucks. When I had the inside of my jeep sprayed I took the top with me. Holds up to oil and pretty much any chemical I've gotten on it so far. If I remember right it was about $100 for the counter top.
     
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    I did it seated, I just switched to standing. Standing is better for a Progressive.

    My single stage press and the Star Sizer are @ 42"
    My 550 is @ 45" with no strong mount.
     
  9. GioaJack

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    You don't have a single stage press... you have a turret. Buy a magazine and look it up... they have pictures and everything. :tongueout:

    Jack
     
  10. Three-Five-Seven

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    What ^^^^he said.
     
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    I bought a sheet of fairly thin plexiglass from home depot, cut it to the proper size, drilled holes in it and screwed it down to the top of my bench. I did that a long time ago, before I started reloading, when I used to clean guns there and didn't want the solvents etc.. soaking into the wood.
     
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  12. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    A sheet of ABS plastic seems to work well.


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  13. GlockSupremacy

    GlockSupremacy Recycle Kids!

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    What is your press doing in your decontamination room!? ;)
     
  14. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    :rofl:

    It does look like it doesn't it?

    Seriously, I was just getting set up in renewing this hobby from about 40 years ago and hadn't gotten around making a mess.

    If I remember, which is sometimes difficult at my age, I'll shoot some shots of a bent de-capper, powder leaking out of primer holes and other embarrassing mishaps. :supergrin:
     
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    Several thin coats of a good enamel paint in white.

    If the bench top is made of planking, then cover it with plywood or masonite first.
     
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    This is my bench I built a few months ago when I decided to get back into reloading. It is set up with a single stage press for loading rifle but I plan to add a progresive press for handgun ammo soon. I used a peice of formica kitchen countertop. It is cheap, tough and eay to clean. I chose white because it makes finding small parts easier when cleaning or working on guns.

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  17. aerod1

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    Standing isn't a good option. I have bad knees and it hurts to stand on concrete. I really need knee replacement surgery but I'm putting it off.
     
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    Formica works great easy to clean, easy to install too. [​IMG]
     
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    A couple of coats of white rustoleum.

    Done.
     
  20. GioaJack

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    Who cares if the bench get dirty... the maid cleans it up. :whistling:


    Jack