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Posted: 7/15/2012 5:17:59 AM EST
Does anyone have any plans for building reloading benches?What about any pointers on building or tips on what to do and not to do, what materials to use, paints etc.
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Going to make a version of this today.
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Posted: 7/15/2012 6:33:39 AM EST
I have .pdf plans for an easy to make workbench as well as plans for this workbench.



The first set of plans I have do not take any serious woodworking skills. The plans for the pictured bench is another story.

IM me a good e-mail address and I'd be happy to send you either or both.
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Posted: 7/15/2012 7:11:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By Signal25:
Going to make a version of this today.
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if you are mounting a press to that, do not use OSB as your only top piece
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These are the plans I used for my reloading bench. I had to scale down a little bit to fit in the space I had.

http://www.shotgunsportsmagazine.com/downloads/bench_plans.pdf

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u383/standingtall2/bench3.jpg
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Here's a plan... Buy two of the cheapest under counter cabinets at the Home Center, a solid core door, a 1x1, a few drywall screws and a tube of construction adhesive. Place the under counter cabinets and apply construction adhesive to the top edges. Place the door on top of the cabinets. Cut the 1x1 into 12 inch pieces. Apply construction adhesive to adjacent edges and screw them into the cabinets and door as gussets/cleats. Let dry overnight. Mount your equipment and load. Solid as a rock and plenty of storage.
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Posted: 7/15/2012 8:48:43 AM EST
I used the plans posted by GWhis. It's a great bench, and fairly easy to construct.

Do a search in the archives for it (I think it's there)
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Posted: 7/15/2012 11:00:12 AM EST

Originally Posted By StandingTall:
These are the plans I used for my reloading bench. I had to scale down a little bit to fit in the space I had.

http://www.shotgunsportsmagazine.com/downloads/bench_plans.pdf

Same here. Changed it up a bit, but it's a great set of free plans.

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Posted: 7/15/2012 11:06:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By apierce918:
Originally Posted By Signal25:
Going to make a version of this today.
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if you are mounting a press to that, do not use OSB as your only top piece


My brother just happened to have the plywood. 3/4", There is also an extra 2X4 that runs underneath that its lag screwed to.
Total cost me about $28.
This is temporary for my apartment. Till I can get a house in October and build a proper set-up.
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Posted: 7/15/2012 11:35:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By bags533:
I used the plans posted by GWhis. It's a great bench, and fairly easy to construct.

Do a search in the archives for it (I think it's there)


You don't have to search the archives, it's tacked in the Gateway Thread....page 2...8 posts down.

or....just click Here.

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Damn thanks all!
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When I built my bench I just kinda winged it. I got an 8' foot counter top, a couple 4x4s and 2x4s. When mounting a press you can sandwich the counter top with a couple pieces of 1/4" aluminum diamond plate.

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Posted: 7/15/2012 6:07:51 PM EST
General tips,

Top of bench should be at least 1 1/2 inches thick.

Glue and screw everything together.

Build for strength, you want a solid bench not one that wobbles.

Plan on lots of shelf's, below top as well as above.

Lots of braces. For more ideas, look here;


My bench is on pg 6.
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Posted: 7/15/2012 7:45:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By dryflash3:
General tips,

Top of bench should be at least 1 1/2 inches thick.




True unless you build a torsion beam design like in my plans. 3/4" is plenty in that case, since in effect the torsion beam and the top is one...4-1/4" thick where the press stroke torques it!
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This thread is relevant to my interests, & was looking for something along these lines for ideas too.

I just got the space for a bench cleared in my spare room at the house, & picked up 2 - 7' 6" long (1" thick x 12" wide) hardwood oak semi trailer flooring boards. I think a 5' long bench would be more than ideal, & I would double up under where the press would be mounted, for a 2" thickness.

ETA: Approximately how high is a normal bench? I plan on getting a bar stool type of seat so I can sit while working.
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Posted: 7/16/2012 3:19:49 AM EST
Originally Posted By hk45shooter:
This thread is relevant to my interests, & was looking for something along these lines for ideas too.

I just got the space for a bench cleared in my spare room at the house, & picked up 2 - 7' 6" long (1" thick x 12" wide) hardwood oak semi trailer flooring boards. I think a 5' long bench would be more than ideal, & I would double up under where the press would be mounted, for a 2" thickness.

ETA: Approximately how high is a normal bench? I plan on getting a bar stool type of seat so I can sit while working.


Make it as long as you can. You can never have enough space.

Those boards are probably rough as hell. Unless you're gonna sand 'em smooth, glue and screw something smoother on top of them. Use 2x4 stringers going front to back directly under where you'll mount your press, then you can lag bolt it right into them.

My bench is 37'' high and I use a bar stool too. Most have adjustable legs for height.

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Posted: 7/16/2012 5:27:30 AM EST
Drawers lots of drawers and storage you will accumulate more than what you can store.
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I built my reloading bench like a deck. Attach a header board (2x4) to the wall with lag bolts through the studs. Build a frame out of 2x4's and use two 2x4's glued and bolted together for each of the front legs. I happen to like 3/4" white formica board (or countertop material) for work benches and reloading benches, but I know that most people like solid wood or plywood. I use the formica board and just re-enforce the area under where the presses will be mounted with solid board (1'2" to 3"4" thick, 1x8 all the way across the front). Add a bottom shelf to tie the legs together for added rigidity while providing extra storage.
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Posted: 7/16/2012 6:14:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By Scott_R:

Originally Posted By StandingTall:
These are the plans I used for my reloading bench. I had to scale down a little bit to fit in the space I had.

http://www.shotgunsportsmagazine.com/downloads/bench_plans.pdf

Same here. Changed it up a bit, but it's a great set of free plans.

Hot link:




It's a very SOLID bench. Nothing moves or shakes. I built one two years ago with some minor changes.
1) All dimensions increased to eliminate any excess wood going to scrap (except the 4X4's. Decide on the height before you start).
2) Skipped all the sliding doors. Half of the 1/4" sheet of plywood is fastened as the back of the shelves. The other half is hinged at the top to cover the front.

As a work bench for power tools, it's great.


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Posted: 7/16/2012 12:44:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By MrOneEyedBoh:
Any pictures? /\

Click on the link I already posted, lots of pics.
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I just completed this bench a couple months ago. Actually it isn't done yet, I plan on adding drawers, maybe this winter.

The top is two layers of 3/4" MDF, with 1/4" hardboard on top of that. I sealed the top with clear polyurethane. The pros for MDF is that it is very uniform, hard, and heavy. You do want to protect the edges to keep it from chipping. I wrapped oak trim around and attached it with pocket screws.

Like someone else mentioned my bench is built like a deck. Basically two ladder assemblies bolted to the wall on one side with legs on the other.

If anyone is interested I have the plans in Google Sketchup, a free CAD program.

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll43/Jackpine_Savage/D2X_00021024x680.jpg
http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll43/Jackpine_Savage/D2X_00041024x680.jpg
http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll43/Jackpine_Savage/D2X_0007680x1024.jpg
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Im thinking about getting a Craftsman workbench, anyone use these for reloading?
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Posted: 7/17/2012 3:40:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By Signal25:
Going to make a version of this today.
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That's a lot like this set of plans which I based my current bench on. The only problem with it is that it is only 48" wide, and I have decided that I need a bigger bench, at least 72" wide...
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Posted: 7/17/2012 4:01:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By StandingTall:
These are the plans I used for my reloading bench. I had to scale down a little bit to fit in the space I had.

http://www.shotgunsportsmagazine.com/downloads/bench_plans.pdf

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u383/standingtall2/bench3.jpg


Where did you get that light?

Does it have a magnifying glass in it?

I can't find any type of lamp w/ a arm like that anymore?
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Posted: 7/17/2012 5:39:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By dangerdan:
Im thinking about getting a Craftsman workbench, anyone use these for reloading?
If you wish an answer, post a link.

Otherwise it's hard to know what bench you mean.

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