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Official Reloading Bench Picture Thread - Now with 100% more Pictures!
CmdrTaco  [Team Member]
I've seen pics of peoples benches scattered throughout the reloading forum, but I thought it would be nice to have a single thread where you could post pics of your little patch of reloading heaven.

ETA: My camera isn't working at the moment, but here's some pics I found online:



Here's a simple one you can make yourself:

Click here for plans for the bench below



Click here for a PDF with several different free plans

Here's another clean/simple layout:

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imtheflash  [Team Member]
There are three links in the FAQ's at the top of this page
Midlength  [Team Member]


This is room #2 in the condo, man if they knew what I had in here. The bench is kiln dried doug fir based on a pattern I got out of the American Rifleman aboutt 20 years ago. It's drilled and held together with 1" Schd 80 pvc nipples/washers and locknuts. 1-1/8' thick very hi density fiberboard. Rock solid and can be broken down and moved.
The rack from Costco hold the 5000 pcs of 223 brass, about 18M bullets and various other ammo shit. Tools are kept in a Craftsman roll away out of the pic. I used to have 10 times the amount of stuff till I downsized about 5 years ago but it keeps growing.
The safe holds 6 ARs', Benelli M2, custom 7mm/08, 45-70 and a bucha hand guns.
I be set.
Midlength
Bob243  [Team Member]
I built this one about 7 years ago..

CmdrTaco  [Team Member]
Very nice gentlemen...very nice.
AssaultRifler  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By CmdrTaco:
I've seen pics of peoples benches scattered throughout the reloading forum, but I thought it would be nice to have a single thread where you could post pics of your little patch of reloading heaven.

ETA: My camera isn't working at the moment, but here's some pics I found online:

http://www.lowe.ca/Rick/Firearms/Images/ReloadingBench.jpg



How old is the 650 on the right? Mine's from 2004 (?) or so and the case feeder mounts straight back not on the side

fenderfreek  [Team Member]
I built a bench based on the second example in the OP, but added extra bracing under the top.

Gargoyle  [Team Member]


Its been through a few different looks over the years...
ClayWagner  [Member]
I saw a picture of your press setup. Are those the Lee Classic Turret and Single Stage? Can you please answer some of my question in this forum - http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=6&f=42&t=261829 - that deal with the Lee presses? I'd greatly appreciate insight from a Lee user.
ar15inmn  [Life Member]


h3smith  [Member]
Solid looking benches
jmt1271  [Team Member]
My Giraud is supposed to be here tomorrow, and I have 10K Fed 210M's on the way as well, so I will have to update soon, but here are a couple.




CmdrTaco  [Team Member]
JMT,

Are those the Kobalt benches that Lowe's sells?

How do you like them? Are they sturdy enough? (I really have to crank on mine when I'm trying to remove crimped military primers.)
COSteve  [Team Member]
Updated for recent photo.


jmt1271  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By CmdrTaco:
JMT,

Are those the Kobalt benches that Lowe's sells?

How do you like them? Are they sturdy enough? (I really have to crank on mine when I'm trying to remove crimped military primers.)


They are very similar but I think another name brand. They get the job done, but I intend to add a heavier top. I got those for next to nothing is the only reason I use them. If starting from scratch, I recommend heavier.
pekingman  [Team Member]


I think someone likes Pretzels!!
k12lts  [Team Member]
This pic is over a year old, several things have changed but the basic lay out is still the same.



xdoctor  [Team Member]
Wow, I feel kinda bad now. I don't think I've seen the top of my bench in well over five years. Maybe its time to redesign.
imtheflash  [Team Member]


LOL, I was scrolling this thread and thought, hey I didn't post my bench here yet

COSteve  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By pekingman:
I think someone likes Pretzels!!
You bet I do!!
M60forever  [Team Member]


I like the clear containers for brass. We use Folgers cans. Your clear containers are definitely cooler.
kaizer27  [Team Member]
sweet thread. I am going to start reloading in Jan due to my .458s purchase. I came here to start a thread asking about what material would be best for the top of a bench.

So.....what material do you suggest for the top of the reloading bench? I have a bench and plan to purchase some wood this weekend and redo the top. Please give me your suggestions. Gracias!
CmdrTaco  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By kaizer27:
sweet thread. I am going to start reloading in Jan due to my .458s purchase. I came here to start a thread asking about what material would be best for the top of a bench.

So.....what material do you suggest for the top of the reloading bench? I have a bench and plan to purchase some wood this weekend and redo the top. Please give me your suggestions. Gracias!


One of the easiest is a plain, flat, solid-core door. You could also use the pine Project panels they sell at Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards, etc. If you have access to a table saw, you could use thick Plywood. I would stay away from MDF, because it swells and absorbs any moisture (gun cleaner, beer, etc.) and any overhung corners could easily break off.
imtheflash  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By CmdrTaco:
Originally Posted By kaizer27:
sweet thread. I am going to start reloading in Jan due to my .458s purchase. I came here to start a thread asking about what material would be best for the top of a bench.

So.....what material do you suggest for the top of the reloading bench? I have a bench and plan to purchase some wood this weekend and redo the top. Please give me your suggestions. Gracias!


One of the easiest is a plain, flat, solid-core door. You could also use the pine Project panels they sell at Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards, etc. If you have access to a table saw, you could use thick Plywood. I would stay away from MDF, because it swells and absorbs any moisture (gun cleaner, beer, etc.) and any overhung corners could easily break off.


Some of the Industrial supply places like MSC and McMaster Carr have bench tops. They are nice but expensive. I'd opt for a top made out of big planks like 2x10's or 2x12's.



AeroE  [Moderator]
I set the flag on this thread to keep it from falling into the archive.

I wonder if anyone read the thread taked between the Resources and Zhukov's thread.
kaizer27  [Team Member]
Originally Posted By imtheflash:
Originally Posted By CmdrTaco:
Originally Posted By kaizer27:
sweet thread. I am going to start reloading in Jan due to my .458s purchase. I came here to start a thread asking about what material would be best for the top of a bench.

So.....what material do you suggest for the top of the reloading bench? I have a bench and plan to purchase some wood this weekend and redo the top. Please give me your suggestions. Gracias!


One of the easiest is a plain, flat, solid-core door. You could also use the pine Project panels they sell at Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards, etc. If you have access to a table saw, you could use thick Plywood. I would stay away from MDF, because it swells and absorbs any moisture (gun cleaner, beer, etc.) and any overhung corners could easily break off.


Some of the Industrial supply places like MSC and McMaster Carr have bench tops. They are nice but expensive. I'd opt for a top made out of big planks like 2x10's or 2x12's.





awesome and thank you guys. I was thinking MDF wouldn't be up to the task. When I get it built I will throw up some pics.

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