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Link Posted: 11/10/2016 9:23:06 PM EDT
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That's a stout bench, Defender3!  What press are you going to mount on it?
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You guys have inspired me to take up reloading so of course, I need a bench!  I went through this thread and saw some great ideas - thanks to all who posted.

Strong, sturdy and heavy - 4x4 and 2x4 build using #10 screws and Kreg pocket screws until I got tired of being so precision.    8' wide, 30' deep and 33" tall without top.

http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=93695

Finished up the first phase - 3/4" birch laminated plywood for the bottom shelf and 2x 3/4" birch laminated plywood for the top with a 1.5"x5" skirt.  I was going to build a second shelf but decided to put a 4" deep drawer under the top instead (yet to be built).  I have a Rockler T-Track system I'm going to install once I determine spacing and then I need to decide on some rear shelves.  

http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=93696

That's a stout bench, Defender3!  What press are you going to mount on it?


A Forster co-ax for now, but who knows once I figure all this out.
Link Posted: 11/10/2016 10:49:21 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 11/11/2016 12:03:45 AM EDT
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Couldn't remember if I'd posted an update since I added the Forster CoAx
to my bench.  I took the advice of someone else here, and keep all my
powder and primers in a different location so I have time to think about
it and make sure I got the right stuff while going back to the bench.    I have since shortened the handle on that Forster, also.
Link Posted: 11/11/2016 12:20:57 AM EDT
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Here's one I put together recently - Gladiator bench on sale from sears, Wall Control backboard, generic light from Lowes...  Bolted to wall studs plus a bunch of bullets, etc on 2 2x8's underneath - it doesn't move.  Played around with height but 39" seemed to work best with both presses, standing when loading.  1050 is mounted normally but I used nylock star knobs on the 550 Strong Mount so it can easily and quickly be removed if I need a bit more room on the bench for working on long rifles, etc.






Link Posted: 11/11/2016 6:42:51 AM EDT
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Couldn't remember if I'd posted an update since I added the Forster CoAx to my bench.  I took the advice of someone else here, and keep all my powder and primers in a different location so I have time to think about it and make sure I got the right stuff while going back to the bench.    I have since shortened the handle on that Forster, also.
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ETA Clarity: Nice!  Who makes those black bins with the clear fronts and snap covers you're using?
Link Posted: 11/11/2016 9:43:13 AM EDT
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Nice!  Who makes those covered plastic storage bins your using?
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Couldn't remember if I'd posted an update since I added the Forster CoAx to my bench.  I took the advice of someone else here, and keep all my powder and primers in a different location so I have time to think about it and make sure I got the right stuff while going back to the bench.    I have since shortened the handle on that Forster, also.

Nice!  Who makes those covered plastic storage bins your using?
(butting in) The clear ones with the green latches are from Walmart. Little ones like that are about $2.75 IIRC and they have several sizes larger than that.
They work fine but those black ones look very sturdy.
Link Posted: 11/11/2016 10:39:52 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By grimhollow:

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Couldn't remember if I'd posted an update since I added the Forster CoAx to my bench.  I took the advice of someone else here, and keep all my powder and primers in a different location so I have time to think about it and make sure I got the right stuff while going back to the bench.    I have since shortened the handle on that Forster, also.




ETA Clarity: Nice!  Who makes those black bins with the clear fronts and snap covers your using?


They are KIS brand that I picked up from Walmart about a year ago.  About the time I started buying them, they stopped carrying them.  They used to have them on Amazon for a higher price but I didn't see them when I looked just now.  I check every time I go to a different Walmart, and pick more up if I find them.  They are made from a different type of plastic that doesn't feel like it will get brittle, like other types.



Today.... I'm going to load up some 69 grain SMK 5.56 rounds, with AR Comp.



 
Link Posted: 11/11/2016 4:56:21 PM EDT
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They are KIS brand that I picked up from Walmart about a year ago.  About the time I started buying them, they stopped carrying them.  They used to have them on Amazon for a higher price but I didn't see them when I looked just now.  I check every time I go to a different Walmart, and pick more up if I find them.  They are made from a different type of plastic that doesn't feel like it will get brittle, like other types.

Today.... I'm going to load up some 69 grain SMK 5.56 rounds, with AR Comp.
 
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Couldn't remember if I'd posted an update since I added the Forster CoAx to my bench.  I took the advice of someone else here, and keep all my powder and primers in a different location so I have time to think about it and make sure I got the right stuff while going back to the bench.    I have since shortened the handle on that Forster, also.


ETA Clarity: Nice!  Who makes those black bins with the clear fronts and snap covers your using?

They are KIS brand that I picked up from Walmart about a year ago.  About the time I started buying them, they stopped carrying them.  They used to have them on Amazon for a higher price but I didn't see them when I looked just now.  I check every time I go to a different Walmart, and pick more up if I find them.  They are made from a different type of plastic that doesn't feel like it will get brittle, like other types.

Today.... I'm going to load up some 69 grain SMK 5.56 rounds, with AR Comp.
 


Thanks - looks like the KIS is only available overseas - I've checked just about every store's website and it looks like there are only low cost alternatives like Iris, Sterilite, etc.

Just to stay on track, an update, I unloaded some of the stuff and put together the stools together while I work on the drawers.







Link Posted: 11/11/2016 8:32:33 PM EDT
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Thanks - looks like the KIS is only available overseas - I've checked just about every store's website and it looks like there are only low cost alternatives like Iris, Sterilite, etc.





Just to stay on track, an update, I unloaded some of the stuff and put together the stools together while I work on the drawers.
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Originally Posted By grimhollow:


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Couldn't remember if I'd posted an update since I added the Forster CoAx to my bench.  I took the advice of someone else here, and keep all my powder and primers in a different location so I have time to think about it and make sure I got the right stuff while going back to the bench.    I have since shortened the handle on that Forster, also.






ETA Clarity: Nice!  Who makes those black bins with the clear fronts and snap covers your using?



They are KIS brand that I picked up from Walmart about a year ago.  About the time I started buying them, they stopped carrying them.  They used to have them on Amazon for a higher price but I didn't see them when I looked just now.  I check every time I go to a different Walmart, and pick more up if I find them.  They are made from a different type of plastic that doesn't feel like it will get brittle, like other types.





Today.... I'm going to load up some 69 grain SMK 5.56 rounds, with AR Comp.


 






Thanks - looks like the KIS is only available overseas - I've checked just about every store's website and it looks like there are only low cost alternatives like Iris, Sterilite, etc.





Just to stay on track, an update, I unloaded some of the stuff and put together the stools together while I work on the drawers.





 
I've had good success using the Sterlite 6qt's, usually 1.99 from Target... Clear with the same type of latch as the KIS, although maybe not as strong.  But they've served me well for storing brass.  Loaded rounds go in mil cans or magazines :).










 
Link Posted: 11/12/2016 1:10:10 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By grimhollow:
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Couldn't remember if I'd posted an update since I added the Forster CoAx to my bench.  I took the advice of someone else here, and keep all my powder and primers in a different location so I have time to think about it and make sure I got the right stuff while going back to the bench.    I have since shortened the handle on that Forster, also.


ETA Clarity: Nice!  Who makes those black bins with the clear fronts and snap covers you're using?


KIS box at Amazon
Link Posted: 11/12/2016 6:26:07 AM EDT
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KIS box at Amazon
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Originally Posted By grimhollow:
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Couldn't remember if I'd posted an update since I added the Forster CoAx to my bench.  I took the advice of someone else here, and keep all my powder and primers in a different location so I have time to think about it and make sure I got the right stuff while going back to the bench.    I have since shortened the handle on that Forster, also.


ETA Clarity: Nice!  Who makes those black bins with the clear fronts and snap covers you're using?


KIS box at Amazon


Thanks!  Searched a dozen different variation of KIS containers and all that came up were some in the UK.
Link Posted: 11/12/2016 12:00:21 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 11/12/2016 9:33:39 PM EDT
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Just realized I never posted the picture of the complete turret stand.

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Link Posted: 11/14/2016 12:34:11 AM EDT
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I vote red, I reload red.












many more photos to come.
Link Posted: 11/14/2016 1:09:47 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 11/14/2016 1:41:52 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 11/14/2016 9:13:09 AM EDT
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Wow I am impressed and a bit jealous.
Link Posted: 11/21/2016 9:21:04 PM EDT
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Not quite done yet. Need to add a plate for the trimmer/swager/etc. for quick changing.

Used two milsurp field kitchen cabinets with a 25" deep hard birch butcher block counter top from Menards that I clear polyurethane finished.

Bought the Inline Fabrication quick change system and retrofitted both of my SDB's with the 38 Special spent primer mod.

Really loving the space I have now, makes reloading much more enjoyable when the bench is totally dedicated.

Next purchase is definitely an XL-650!!







Link Posted: 11/22/2016 11:09:09 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Defender3:
You guys have inspired me to take up reloading so of course, I need a bench!  I went through this thread and saw some great ideas - thanks to all who posted.

Strong, sturdy and heavy - 4x4 and 2x4 build using #10 screws and Kreg pocket screws until I got tired of being so precision.    8' wide, 30' deep and 33" tall without top.

http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=93695

Finished up the first phase - 3/4" birch laminated plywood for the bottom shelf and 2x 3/4" birch laminated plywood for the top with a 1.5"x5" skirt.  I was going to build a second shelf but decided to put a 4" deep drawer under the top instead (yet to be built).  I have a Rockler T-Track system I'm going to install once I determine spacing and then I need to decide on some rear shelves.  

http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=93696

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That looks like my new bench, I had to do a double take.  Looks the same, right down to the toolbox beside the bench.

I used finish grade plywood for the surface, finished with Cabot brand polyurethane.


Link Posted: 11/22/2016 1:05:17 PM EDT
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That looks like my new bench, I had to do a double take.  Looks the same, right down to the toolbox beside the bench.

I used finish grade plywood for the surface, finished with Cabot brand polyurethane.

http://i.imgur.com/ty2dcD3.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/rhIQrS2.jpg
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Originally Posted By Defender3:
You guys have inspired me to take up reloading so of course, I need a bench!  I went through this thread and saw some great ideas - thanks to all who posted.

Strong, sturdy and heavy - 4x4 and 2x4 build using #10 screws and Kreg pocket screws until I got tired of being so precision.    8' wide, 30' deep and 33" tall without top.

http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=93695

Finished up the first phase - 3/4" birch laminated plywood for the bottom shelf and 2x 3/4" birch laminated plywood for the top with a 1.5"x5" skirt.  I was going to build a second shelf but decided to put a 4" deep drawer under the top instead (yet to be built).  I have a Rockler T-Track system I'm going to install once I determine spacing and then I need to decide on some rear shelves.  




That looks like my new bench, I had to do a double take.  Looks the same, right down to the toolbox beside the bench.

I used finish grade plywood for the surface, finished with Cabot brand polyurethane.

http://i.imgur.com/ty2dcD3.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/rhIQrS2.jpg



Looks nice!  I decided not to stain/seal/coat mine (for now).    I was able to finish the four drawers, get the shelves done and install one set of the Rockler T-Track; all I need to do now is cut some drawer handles and the bench will be GTG.

I'm still reading my reloading manuals and want to learn more about the order of operations, differences in manufacturer's brass, etc., before I give this a try.  I also need to cut mounts for the press and trimmer to fit the tracks, and make a door for the manual scale to sit on.  Hey, I may not know what I'm doing, but at least I look decent doing it.    Again though, some great ideas in this thread from the folks who have BTDT.  Some updated pictures:








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Looks nice!  I decided not to stain/seal/coat mine (for now).    I was able to finish the four drawers, get the shelves done and install one set of the Rockler T-Track; all I need to do now is cut some drawer handles and the bench will be GTG.



I'm still reading my reloading manuals and want to learn more about the order of operations, differences in manufacturer's brass, etc., before I give this a try.  I also need to cut mounts for the press and trimmer to fit the tracks, and make a door for the manual scale to sit on.  Hey, I may not know what I'm doing, but at least I look decent doing it.    Again though, some great ideas in this thread from the folks who have BTDT.  Some updated pictures:



http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=94325



http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=94326



http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=94327



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Coming along nicely... I see you got some of those storage boxes.
Link Posted: 11/22/2016 7:34:26 PM EDT
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  Coming along nicely... I see you got some of those storage boxes.
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Looks nice!  I decided not to stain/seal/coat mine (for now).    I was able to finish the four drawers, get the shelves done and install one set of the Rockler T-Track; all I need to do now is cut some drawer handles and the bench will be GTG.

I'm still reading my reloading manuals and want to learn more about the order of operations, differences in manufacturer's brass, etc., before I give this a try.  I also need to cut mounts for the press and trimmer to fit the tracks, and make a door for the manual scale to sit on.  Hey, I may not know what I'm doing, but at least I look decent doing it.    Again though, some great ideas in this thread from the folks who have BTDT.  Some updated pictures:

http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=94325

http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=94326

http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=94327

http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=94334

  Coming along nicely... I see you got some of those storage boxes.


Yup!  

Bench pic so I don't get counseled...

Link Posted: 11/24/2016 8:46:40 PM EDT
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This is a picture of my old bench.  I was trapped in suburbia for 13 years and had this sandwiched between the trash cans and the paint locker.

I had my Rock Chucker, my Dillon XL650, and my RCBS Trim Pro II Power case trimmer all mounted on here.  Overall I had about 8 square feet of work space to use, needless to say, things got a little tight space wise and it was sometimes more than a chore to rearrange stuff enough to get started on a batch of ammo.



Last March we escaped suburbia for the wilds of NE Texas.  Part of the house hunting was looking for a suitable outbuilding / shop.  I ended up with a detached 24x30 shop after everything was done.

Just a bit of an upgrade for the new bench, I went from about 8 square feet of workspace to right at 22 square feet.  Complete with pegboard, akro bins, and real cabinets that my wife scavenged from the Habitat for Humanity store in the Metromess.

 

The bench is bolted to the wall I put in, the wall is anchored to building steel as well as anchored to the slab.  The top is a laminate of two pieces of 3/4" plywood and a piece of finish grade 1/4".  One coat of stain prep and five coats of polyurethane for all the exposed work surfaces.  When my wife and I were laminating the top we had over 500#s of kettle bells, dumbbells, and plates on it, so I don't think it's going to move.

I've got a bit more work to do.  I've got to cut and finish some bases to mount the case trimmer, Dillon swaging tool, a vise, and a few other tools.  I'll set some T-nuts in the bottom of the bench top and use hand knobs to bolt down my tools as I need them.  That way I can keep my work area from getting cluttered back up.  I'm also building a rolling cart/shelf for under bench storage.  Most of my bulk bullets and brass will get stored down there.

Now to just get caught up on reloading what we've shot and I can start building another bench for other projects.

Semper Fi
Link Posted: 11/25/2016 3:08:05 PM EDT
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Some great looking set-ups in this thread, I  present my megger beginnings and look forward to any and all advice as a 100% new reloader.

I am looking at either a Dillion 550 or 650 and this is my current layout, my base cabinet's are 25"x72" and I  will use a 36" solid core door ripped down for the top, how much over hang should I allow?





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Hmmm,  sorry dryflash! I had seen other type posts and seeing as I  have the door ready to cut and install I would then have a "bench" photo to share.

Sorry if this wasn't the correct place for this post, I  was just looking for a little advice before cutting down the door.
Link Posted: 11/25/2016 11:01:33 PM EDT
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Here's room


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Here's room
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Looks great.  Roomy, functional, comfortable.

Of all the reasons to miss having a basement, this is the biggest for me.  No basements in San Antonio - it takes (literally) blasting to excavate for a basement where I am.
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Few upgrades - added Inline Fab mounts for the 550, coax, and Lee bullet puller.  Everything seems good, the COAX might be a bit high - the frame is at a good level, but the lever is up there :).  It's a low volume press so will just try it out and see how it goes...

Also not bench related but added an MBF and handheld inspection video camera to check powder on the 1050 as well - more details in the 1050 upgrades thread...

Link Posted: 12/7/2016 4:50:49 PM EDT
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I recently installed the Inline Fabrication Quick Change System - what a great addition.

I also acquired another "Dial o' Grain" scale from the 70s - these are truly heirloom tools.

Link Posted: 12/7/2016 5:08:06 PM EDT
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^^^^^^
Really digging them brass storage jugs.... nice idea.
Did you buy them or repurpose them?
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I buy the jugs at Wal Mart - made in the USA, believe it or not.
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How deep are you guys making the worktop?  Im about to start my bench. 





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Mine is 30" deep.
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Looks nice!  I decided not to stain/seal/coat mine (for now).    I was able to finish the four drawers, get the shelves done and install one set of the Rockler T-Track; all I need to do now is cut some drawer handles and the bench will be GTG.

I'm still reading my reloading manuals and want to learn more about the order of operations, differences in manufacturer's brass, etc., before I give this a try.  I also need to cut mounts for the press and trimmer to fit the tracks, and make a door for the manual scale to sit on.  Hey, I may not know what I'm doing, but at least I look decent doing it.    Again though, some great ideas in this thread from the folks who have BTDT.  Some updated pictures:

http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=94325

http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=94326

http://www.ar15.com/media/viewFile.html?i=94327

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Holy moly!  You built that, organized your things and haven't started reloading yet!?  

Very nice.  


My bench is in a perpetual state of organized chaos.  Everything is always where I left it.
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Originally Posted By GunsandCoffee71:
I recently installed the Inline Fabrication Quick Change System - what a great addition.

I also acquired another "Dial o' Grain" scale from the 70s - these are truly heirloom tools.

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That's very nice - makes my setup look downright ghetto.

Ordered IF storage plates for the QD plates - somehow it escaped me to order it when I bought all the other parts.  Also trying to plan/measure out for their wall rail setup as well.

Tried to order some 77 HPBT 2nds from PV but they are OOS :(.

EDIT: Sorry got confused thought I was in the what did you do today thread... too many windows open :).
Link Posted: 12/8/2016 3:41:10 PM EDT
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My humble submission.
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Link Posted: 12/11/2016 3:11:16 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/11/2016 8:36:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Greenleafshooter] [#42]
[img]http://s350.photobucket.com/user/greenleafstudio/media/IMG_3363_zpsirqhlqfj.jpg.html


Moved into new house and finally got the reloading area set up and running ammo. Ran a couple thousand of 9mm to restock what was shot while bench was under construction and set up the Dillon to run 223 now. Ran about 50 rounds to do an OCW work up for a new rifle. Wanted to make the bench and area bigger but will have to wait until the basement is finished and I carve a more permanent space for my shooting and reloading addiction. I tried to keep everything adaptable the only thing permanently fixed to the bench is the Dillon press, everything else is on plates or backers so they can just be clamped in place depending what is needed for the task at hand.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 6:25:31 PM EDT
[#43]
My cave. Nowhere near as nice as others.



Link Posted: 12/12/2016 6:35:13 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/12/2016 7:00:32 PM EDT
[#45]
Not here to post any new pictures... But I took the hot months off (I stock up during winter in Florida ) and just wanted to say, for anymore starting out do not slack on lighting!! I added an overhead 4' work light last year and it is a musttttt
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 1:04:00 AM EDT
[#46]
My humble contribution. Just finished the building of the bench, still waiting on the new press that will be going on it (Lee Classic Turret 4 hole)

Link Posted: 12/16/2016 7:58:05 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Edlips:
After viewing the first 50 pages of this thread and just moving into my house from an apartment,

I built my bench this weekend. 2x6s and 4x4 with lag bolts and 4in screws. Probably over kill but want it sturdy.

Looking at staining it a bit darker but just glad to have space!

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o201/Edlips09/Bench_zpsysseptfi.jpg
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What almost a year looks like! Crazy.
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Link Posted: 12/20/2016 7:24:49 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By dave5339:
This is a picture of my old bench.  I was trapped in suburbia for 13 years and had this sandwiched between the trash cans and the paint locker.

I had my Rock Chucker, my Dillon XL650, and my RCBS Trim Pro II Power case trimmer all mounted on here.  Overall I had about 8 square feet of work space to use, needless to say, things got a little tight space wise and it was sometimes more than a chore to rearrange stuff enough to get started on a batch of ammo.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a64/dave5339/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20161124_154344_zpshynokg8a.jpg

Last March we escaped suburbia for the wilds of NE Texas.  Part of the house hunting was looking for a suitable outbuilding / shop.  I ended up with a detached 24x30 shop after everything was done.

Just a bit of an upgrade for the new bench, I went from about 8 square feet of workspace to right at 22 square feet.  Complete with pegboard, akro bins, and real cabinets that my wife scavenged from the Habitat for Humanity store in the Metromess.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a64/dave5339/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20161124_155316_zps6gtssuxt.jpg  

The bench is bolted to the wall I put in, the wall is anchored to building steel as well as anchored to the slab.  The top is a laminate of two pieces of 3/4" plywood and a piece of finish grade 1/4".  One coat of stain prep and five coats of polyurethane for all the exposed work surfaces.  When my wife and I were laminating the top we had over 500#s of kettle bells, dumbbells, and plates on it, so I don't think it's going to move.

I've got a bit more work to do.  I've got to cut and finish some bases to mount the case trimmer, Dillon swaging tool, a vise, and a few other tools.  I'll set some T-nuts in the bottom of the bench top and use hand knobs to bolt down my tools as I need them.  That way I can keep my work area from getting cluttered back up.  I'm also building a rolling cart/shelf for under bench storage.  Most of my bulk bullets and brass will get stored down there.

Now to just get caught up on reloading what we've shot and I can start building another bench for other projects.

Semper Fi
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Nice, and welcome to NE Texas
Link Posted: 12/20/2016 8:57:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: dryflash3] [#49]
Wow!  There's a bunch of "C" personalities in here.  I've never seen such clean and neat reloading benches.  Mine looks like a disaster in comparison.  But I am getting inspired to build a new one for 2017.

What are your thoughts on building a bench tall enough to stand while loading?  At my current bench, I sit on a stool like many of the ones pictured here.  I'm thinking about standing just to help remain alert and so I won't get stiff while loading 500+ rounds.


This is a pic thread, not a comment thread. dryflash3
Link Posted: 12/21/2016 4:45:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: dryflash3] [#50]
Quig,

What type of bench is that?  I'm looking for a simple metal design and that fits the bill.


This is a pic thread, not a question thread.

Go to post in question, click on IM and ask question there. dryflash3
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