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Who here has built the Bench they are truly happy with?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by The Old Bloke, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. Rusty Gun

    Rusty Gun Brass picker

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    Thanks for posting all the great pictures.

    I have a reloading bench related question. I have a bench I built 20 years ago and it has been moved several times. Made with 2x6's with smooth rubber truck mud flaps on the top. To ugly to post a picture but is very solid.
    I noticed pictures of a chair or stool with roller feet. I tried that and the darn thing rolled away when I tried to sit down. The only thing that saved a few hard landings was my cat like reflexes. Tried locking wheels but it still was unsafe for a man of my stature. How do you guys make a rolling stool stay put while setting down? I liked the idea of the seat and bench connected but I seem to reposition a lot while reloading.
     
  2. DWB57

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    Get a piece of carpet or some type of rubber matting the type that you can get at tractor supply.
     

  3. refugeepj

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    maternal grandfather built mine. RIP 1967, he was WWI vet.
    it isn't much to look at. and a bit small, but HE built it, and i will use it until i can no longer.
     
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  4. Uncle Don

    Uncle Don Wood butcher

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    My Grandfather (the avatair) was also a WWI vet. Had he built my bench, I'd have never switched either. Hope you have someone you can pass it to.
     
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    refugeepj

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    indeed sir i have several options.
    no hurry for that decision.
    i have already passed along the boarding pass for my father from 1935, ship was the SS Conte Di Savoia.
    i will soon pass along the steamer trunk that held his possessions, pictures, and a great deal of other family history.
    mom's side here pre revolution, dad's side from southern Italy, pre WWII.
     
  6. dstegjas

    dstegjas

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    I built this bench several years ago in a previous house I owned. It was great, sturdy with plenty of room to do whatever I needed.

    We have since moved and the bench I built in our current house is only half this size. Even though it's a nicer house, I really miss my old bench.

    Jim
     
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  7. jmorris

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    I use a regular office chair with casters, nothing special. I guess I have never thought about how I sit down, I may grab an armrest to swing it under me or just look at where it's at before I plop down.

    Nowhere near as difficult as a stationary bar stool after a dozen drinks or so...
     
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    Gave Harbor Freight my debit card and coupon, came home and assembled it, drilled some holes for bolting presses down and it's been working great for years.

    Jeff

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  9. RustyFN

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  10. Rusty Gun

    Rusty Gun Brass picker

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    RustyFN you have an impressive bench. Question for you.... I noticed you have your tool heads mounted on an interesting piece of what looks like black pipe attached to a flange and a neat little 90 degree elbow. What do you put in the 90 that fits into the center opening on the tool head? Also what size pipe is used to make this?
     
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    Thanks. They are made out of 3/8" nipples and fittings. On top of the elbow is a pipe plug with a square head. it fits perfect in the Lee turret.
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    I even put my Lee lead hardness tester in a turret. Hope these pictures help.
     
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  12. Rusty Gun

    Rusty Gun Brass picker

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    Perfect pictures thanks for posting. This is a nearly genius alternative to the expensive little stands sold on eBay and at Dillon. I am on the way to the hardware store. I promise to give you credit for this invention when it appears on my bench.
     
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    My bench top is a solid core door that is screwed to 4X4 posts. I put an industrial epoxy finish on the top and nothing has damaged the surface yet after 20 years. The door was a factory 2nd, it had a scratch on it. I paid $5 for it.
     
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  14. unclebob

    unclebob DFC, MSM, 13 Air Medals.

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    At least for me I think I have come to conclusion that there is no such thing as a perfect bench. I’m always changing things on the bench to make it more functional or cosmetic.
     
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    I don't like benches that are neat and tidy. Half the fun of reloading is finding the item you need amongst all the clutter.
     
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    This only shows the main bench with 3 presses. It is a chemical lab, commercial grade bench. Carries 1,500 lb and weights some 200 lb. The entire room is full with reloading related items. Supplies are in the walk-in closet.

    1 monitor for playing movies, 2 connected to my reloading computer for ballistic log files, my uploads, thousands of uploads from others, powder photo database, supplies database, ballistic calculators, digital microscope, manuals, and much more.

    Super happy with my setup.


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  17. Rusty Gun

    Rusty Gun Brass picker

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    1E38D63E-8F4A-4C29-A826-D49780942E35.jpeg Shop has multiple functions (reloading, woodworking, automotive, leather working) and bench’s are in a constant state of make mess/clean up. Picture was from messy state.

    Just finished end grain cutting boards as Christmas gifts on the woodworking bench closest to the camera and reloading bench is behind. Look for Dillon blue in the picture. File cabinets to the left are full of reloading supplies. Reloading / work bench is made from 2x6’s and deck screws and is solidly bolted to the wall. I am happy with this setup as I put the digital scale on the wood bench where it is isolated (no wiggle, no re-zero) and the Dillon press is on the other bench. I sit on a swiveling stool to reload so turning to the scale is handy and almost effortless.
     
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  18. Uncle Don

    Uncle Don Wood butcher

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    Very nice cutting boards - and bench. I made a few of those a few years ago and can tell you first hand that most of the people you give them to won't use them as they think they are too nice. Even when I assure them they are end grain, tough and can be easily refurbished, it did little good. Good job - great gifts. Nice loading bench too!
     
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    ImPRESSive...