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Posted: 12/9/2008 7:27:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/9/2008 7:51:40 PM EDT 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:



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:

Link Posted: 12/9/2008 7:55:21 PM EDT
There are three links in the FAQ's at the top of this page
Link Posted: 12/9/2008 10:54:38 PM EDT


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
Link Posted: 12/9/2008 10:58:40 PM EDT
I built this one about 7 years ago..

Link Posted: 12/9/2008 11:19:19 PM EDT
Very nice gentlemen...very nice.
Link Posted: 12/9/2008 11:38:19 PM EDT


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





 
Link Posted: 12/10/2008 6:30:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2009 9:43:16 AM EDT by fenderfreek]
I built a bench based on the second example in the OP, but added extra bracing under the top.

Link Posted: 12/10/2008 6:33:03 PM EDT


Its been through a few different looks over the years...
Link Posted: 12/10/2008 8:30:46 PM EDT
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.
Link Posted: 12/10/2008 9:17:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/10/2008 9:19:25 PM EDT by ar15inmn]


Link Posted: 12/10/2008 9:18:11 PM EDT
Solid looking benches
Link Posted: 12/10/2008 9:59:56 PM EDT
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.




Link Posted: 12/10/2008 11:08:10 PM EDT
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.)
Link Posted: 12/10/2008 11:20:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/15/2014 10:31:03 PM EDT by COSteve]
Updated for recent photo.








 

 


 
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 6:59:12 AM EDT
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.
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 9:58:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 11:57:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/11/2008 11:58:35 AM EDT by k12lts]
This pic is over a year old, several things have changed but the basic lay out is still the same.



Link Posted: 12/11/2008 3:37:42 PM EDT
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.
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 5:41:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/11/2008 10:57:40 PM EDT by imtheflash]


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

Link Posted: 12/11/2008 6:21:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/8/2014 9:01:36 AM EDT by COSteve]

Originally Posted By pekingman:


I think someone likes Pretzels!!
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You bet I do!!
 
Link Posted: 12/13/2008 9:32:32 AM EDT


I like the clear containers for brass. We use Folgers cans. Your clear containers are definitely cooler.
Link Posted: 12/13/2008 3:18:59 PM EDT
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!
Link Posted: 12/14/2008 7:59:54 AM EDT
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.
Link Posted: 12/14/2008 9:41:45 AM EDT
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.



Link Posted: 12/14/2008 10:32:53 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/14/2008 12:32:54 PM EDT
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.

Link Posted: 12/14/2008 1:10:07 PM EDT
I just started reloading but here is mine:-)

Link Posted: 12/14/2008 3:29:51 PM EDT
Here is my reloading / gun room.





Link Posted: 12/14/2008 3:39:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2008 4:11:19 PM EDT by FrontyOwner]


I dont think that ABC fire extinguisher is adequate...
but I guess its more than most of us have.
Link Posted: 12/14/2008 5:17:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By FrontyOwner:
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/jmadonia/Reloadingbenche.jpg

I dont think that ABC fire extinguisher is adequate...
but I guess its more than most of us have.



It's mostly for squishing big spiders....
Link Posted: 12/14/2008 7:14:02 PM EDT




Link Posted: 12/14/2008 7:46:41 PM EDT
Every time I open one of these threads, I realize I'm about to feel like crap. Maybe the Cowboys losing tonight will cheer me up.







Link Posted: 12/14/2008 8:38:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2008 8:39:11 PM EDT by The_Floridian]
My first set-up - it has since changed a little.



I have the powder measure mounted to it, now, and certainly gave up on the Lee lube.

I use the tumbler outside, and the scale sits on the board right behind the press.  If I hadn't dropped my camera and ruined it I would take a current picture of it all.
Link Posted: 12/14/2008 9:47:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ahiodsohi:
Every time I open one of these threads, I realize I'm about to feel like crap. Maybe the Cowboys losing tonight will cheer me up.

http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/5334/img0617yr4.jpg

http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/9757/img0620ty0.jpg

http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/8170/img0621bc4.jpg

http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/6620/img0623cs9.jpg


Maybe you'd feel better if you painted that area a more manly color.  

Link Posted: 12/14/2008 10:32:08 PM EDT
The Rockchucker has been replaced with a 550, but...

An old piece of kitchen counter top on the cheapest under counter cabinets at the home store. Added a sheet of 3/4 inch plywood with a tube of construction adhesive for extra stiffening. Easy clean surface, lots of storage and solid as a rock. The SDB and Rockchucker are mounted off to the right to leave a large area for gun cleaning and miscellaneous tasks. The vise with soft jaws is used a lot more than you'd think on a reloading bench. The typing table holds my brass low to my right hand when using the SDB, just the way I like it.



When not in use, the typing table stores in the knee hole of the bench.

Link Posted: 12/14/2008 11:45:51 PM EDT










These are about 6 months old.  I've got more stuff now.
Link Posted: 12/15/2008 12:27:40 AM EDT
The pics below are my old setup. I no longer have a basement and need to build a new bench.  I have a question for those who use one bench for everything, including mounting the press, storage, and using the scale ... I always had too much movement (shaking) from the press to do a delicate operation like measuring powder charges on the same bench.

How do you get around this?


Link Posted: 12/15/2008 7:58:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Warhawk:
The pics below are my old setup. I no longer have a basement and need to build a new bench.  I have a question for those who use one bench for everything, including mounting the press, storage, and using the scale ... I always had too much movement (shaking) from the press to do a delicate operation like measuring powder charges on the same bench.

How do you get around this?

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/RELOAD11.JPG
http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/RELOAD2.JPG


Bolt the bench to the wall.



Link Posted: 12/17/2008 8:12:32 AM EDT
I'm just getting started be here is my Dillon Square Deal B for 9mm
http://www.jrhodges.com/Images/My%20Reloader.jpg
Link Posted: 12/18/2008 12:07:51 AM EDT
My two presses aren't fixed to the table top, but I secure the one I'm using at the time with 2 giant c-clamps (second shelf, on the right) to the front edge of the table. That room is actually carpeted, we laid fiberboard over the carpet and covered it with linoleum.



I found these Black and Decker storage shelves at Walmart and bought some for storing stuff and ammo. Powder is in the black plastic box on the bottom shelf.



Link Posted: 12/18/2008 4:54:23 AM EDT


You can see it on the left. The bench is made up of two 3/4" pieces of birch plywood with 2x4s glued and screwed in between.  Finally have a bench stout as I need it.

The bench is 18" deep as I find excessively deep benches just attract clutter.  Better to keep it nice and neat like this.

I have 2 Pro-jectors and a Rockchucker.  A future project is to put 1/2" x 6" x 8" aluminum or plates under each press location to stop that wiggle that develops as the wood compresses.

The black drawer cabinets I bought from Sears for ~25 bucks each.  Worth every penny, and an open drawer works pretty well as a book or drawing table.  Wish I bought 2-3 more.

I am on a cabinet making kick and will use a bunch of 16" drawer runners to make a bunch of drawers that fit underneath this bench.

Beleive or not, my garage wall and ceiling is smooth coated with nary a perceptible seam or drywall screw dent.
Link Posted: 12/18/2008 7:24:53 AM EDT


A full size mill.

I hate you.

Link Posted: 12/18/2008 2:26:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bigdb1:


A full size mill.

I hate you.



+1  i'm envious
Link Posted: 12/18/2008 7:19:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/18/2008 8:22:13 PM EDT


Somehow that's just wrong bolting that nice blue Dillon stuff on that green RCBS Bench..... Ouch...hurts my eyes.

Link Posted: 12/20/2008 5:51:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/20/2008 6:23:28 PM EDT



Link Posted: 12/22/2008 12:32:42 AM EDT



Link Posted: 12/22/2008 2:37:21 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/22/2008 8:49:06 AM EDT

   Here's a older pic that some or most of you guys have seen already.  BTW I've added a LEE Loader II for my 12 gauge.



Overhead cabinet.


Under the counter.
Link Posted: 12/25/2008 6:25:16 PM EDT
Here's mine...





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