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Posted: 4/18/2017 10:43:44 AM EDT
Gonna be picking up a Dillon 550 soon and was eyeing this bench:

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/seville-classics-lighted-hardwood-top-workbench/prod15520005.ip?athcpid=prod15520005&athena=true&athpgid=pdp&athmtid=VaV&athznid=sams_ip_VaV&parentpid=prod3460484&xid=pdp:carousel:people-who-viewed-this-item-also-viewed:1

Anybody use it? If so, what's the best way to orient the press on the tabletop? Thanks!
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 5:27:09 PM EDT
Too light, too flimsy and way too much $$$.  Build your own for half the $ and be twice as heavy and strong.  There are several extant bench build threads right here on Arfcom as we speak.

Good luck.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 5:42:27 PM EDT
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Too light, too flimsy and way too much $$.  Build your own for half the $ and be twice as heavy and strong.  There are several extant bench build threads right here on Arfcom as we speak.

Good luck.
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Link Posted: 4/18/2017 5:46:26 PM EDT
This is what you seek.

You can build it to any dimension you want.  I built mine to 4'X8'.   Very durable.

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Link Posted: 4/18/2017 6:00:46 PM EDT
I have 4 of the earlier caster version, they're made well but a like others have said a little light for reloading. They are definitely not flimsy tables. I would suggest one of these for reloading.



https://www.samsclub.com/sams/ultra-heavy-duty-workbench/prod1490086.ip?xid=plp12980139-auto:product:1:7
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 6:05:03 PM EDT
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Too light, too flimsy and way too much $$.  Build your own for half the $ and be twice as heavy and strong.  There are several extant bench build threads right here on Arfcom as we speak.

Good luck.
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Considering the top, 1.50" x 24.00" x 48.00", the price is not really that bad.
OP could start here, and modify down the road if his needs warrant it.

All my benches in the garage/mad scientist workshop use 1.5 or 1.75 thick maple laminated tops, and they can't really be hurt.

A.W.D.
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This is what you seek.

You can build it to any dimension you want.  I built mine to 4'X8'.   Very durable.

DIY workbench

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/295074/81HYZNrDg-L-190290.JPG
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Try mounting a vertical 2' rod to the front edge and pulling on it. Then you will know if it's a good reloading bench. Durability does not have as much to do with it as pure weight does. Thick top and a lot of weight. If a bench is too light stack bullets and brass on the lower back shelf area. Or other ballast such as a dead hooker.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 6:11:31 PM EDT
I built mine out of 2x4s and plywood. Works just fine. 
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 6:13:46 PM EDT
For those erroneously claiming those are flimsy tables, I've been using this version which is the same size for years. It currently has almost 300 pounds sitting on top of it and all of those heads costing anywhere from $250 to $900.

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Try mounting a vertical 2' rod to the front edge and pulling on it. Then you will know if it's a good reloading bench. Durability does not have as much to do with it as pure weight does. Thick top and a lot of weight. If a bench is too light stack bullets and brass on the lower back shelf area. Or other ballast such as a dead hooker.
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This is what you seek.

You can build it to any dimension you want.  I built mine to 4'X8'.   Very durable.

DIY workbench

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/295074/81HYZNrDg-L-190290.JPG
https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/295074/51FN8OHr6UL-190289.JPG
Try mounting a vertical 2' rod to the front edge and pulling on it. Then you will know if it's a good reloading bench. Durability does not have as much to do with it as pure weight does. Thick top and a lot of weight. If a bench is too light stack bullets and brass on the lower back shelf area. Or other ballast such as a dead hooker.
Or, use 2×4s instead of those fancy corner posts and then run lag bolts through the back legs into the wall studs.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 6:20:18 PM EDT
OP, I used Hevea (much cheaper than Maple, but plenty good enough for a work bench.) counter tops from lumber liquidators and cheap Husky tool chests for the pedestals.
The counter top is anchored at the back to the wall, and anchored at the front to the chests.

For (2) chests and (1) 8' counter top, you'd be out about $450 if I remember. Twice what you posted but you're getting much more bench for the money
and tons of storage space. That's what I started with and a couple years later added another piece to make an 'L' shape.

You could also start with one chest at one end and anchor the other end to wall studs or some 4x4 legs, which would save $150 bucks.

Just an idea to consider.

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For those erroneously claiming those are flimsy tables, I've been using this version which is the same size for years. It currently has almost 300 pounds sitting on top of it and all of those heads costing anywhere from $250 to $900.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v519/jmarkma/B30F8FDF-64F8-4DC2-A260-2E8FBB4A6507_zpsrlocr9lb.jpg
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yeah, but have you installed a Dillon 550 and cranked the handle, resizing 762NATO brass ?

Because that's a whole lotta force in a different direction than gravity

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Link Posted: 4/18/2017 6:22:45 PM EDT
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OP, I used Hevea counter tops from lumber liquidators and cheap Husky tool chests for the pedestals.
The counter top is anchored at the back to the wall, and anchored at the front to the chests.

For (2) chests and (1) 8' counter top, you'd be out about $450 if I remember. Twice what you posted but you're getting much more bench for the money
and tons of storage space. That's what I started with and a couple years later added another piece to make an 'L' shape.

You could also start with one chest at one end and anchor the other end to wall studs or some 4x4 legs, which would save $150 bucks.

Just an idea to consider.

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how'd you anchor it to the chests?  got a pic of that anchor point?
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There's an 'L' bracket under the bench, screwed to the bench and then bolted to the chest. Take drawers out, mark and drill a 1/4" hole, bolt on 'L' bracket... you get the idea.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 6:25:22 PM EDT
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Try mounting a vertical 2' rod to the front edge and pulling on it. Then you will know if it's a good reloading bench. Durability does not have as much to do with it as pure weight does. Thick top and a lot of weight. If a bench is too light stack bullets and brass on the lower back shelf area. Or other ballast such as a dead hooker.
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For the top bench, I used a higher end hardwood 4X8 sheet.  it was kind of pricey, but very sturdy.  I have my press mounted to the edge of it, and have loaded tens of thousands of rounds, and it shows no sign of loosening.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 6:31:15 PM EDT
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Gonna be picking up a Dillon 550 soon and was eyeing this bench:

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/seville-classics-lighted-hardwood-top-workbench/prod15520005.ip?athcpid=prod15520005&athena=true&athpgid=pdp&athmtid=VaV&athznid=sams_ip_VaV&parentpid=prod3460484&xid=pdp:carousel:people-who-viewed-this-item-also-viewed:1

Anybody use it? If so, what's the best way to orient the press on the tabletop? Thanks!
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I have one of these: https://www.samsclub.com/sams/ultra-heavy-duty-workbench/prod1490086.ip?xid=plp12980139-auto:product:1:7 and while I don't use it for reloading it is my general smithing table and I like it it.  I have a vice on it and it's pretty solid.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 6:59:38 PM EDT
My workbenches are made out of 24"x6" lambeam cutoffs set on bathroom cabinets.

I like the toolbox idea.

lambeam cutoffs are cheap if you can find them, I picked up a whole truckload of 7' lengths for like $80, must be 15 years ago now.
Link Posted: 4/18/2017 8:51:47 PM EDT
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yeah, but have you installed a Dillon 550 and cranked the handle, resizing 762NATO brass ?

Because that's a whole lotta force in a different direction than gravity

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This is why I suggested another heavier bench earlier in the thread. It would be a little light for that.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 10:46:05 AM EDT
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This is what you seek.

You can build it to any dimension you want.  I built mine to 4'X8'.   Very durable.

DIY workbench

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/295074/81HYZNrDg-L-190290.JPG
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Thanks all for the replies. This one looks pretty cool, given the cost, adaptability, and the ability to put counterweights on the bottom shelves to keep it steady.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 11:02:16 AM EDT
I'd recommend this:
http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/work-benches/open-leg/adjustable-height/60-w-x-30-d-shop-top-square-edge-workbench-adjustable-height-black


Easy to assemble and very strong, you can also buy just the legs if you want to make your own bench top.
http://www.globalindustrial.com/c/work-benches/components/legs-shelves


I've had one for a few years and would buy again.
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Link Posted: 4/19/2017 2:42:21 PM EDT
Probably OK for pistol & 556 cases; but not for anything larger, such as 762 or 30-06 which use a bit more force.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 3:14:31 PM EDT
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I have 3 - one for a workbench, one for reloading and one for a desk.
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I have 3 - one for a workbench, one for reloading and one for a desk.
While bigger might be better and more rigid anchored to the wall/floor, I'm using a 22 year old 3 drawer 48"x24" Craftsman with MDF top and a 550b and it's been fine.  It even sits on carpet.

Get something with drawers.  Mine has small/medium/large on the right and a shelf on the left with plenty of room on the floor, underneath the adjustable shelf.  It's got hanger holes on either side with hangers, for hanging shit.

The drawers and shelf help keep clutter to a minimum.



Kind of like this one, but with black drawers and a red frame and locking shelf door, which I never installed:



Chris
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 3:25:18 PM EDT
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This is what you seek.

You can build it to any dimension you want.  I built mine to 4'X8'.   Very durable.

DIY workbench

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/295074/81HYZNrDg-L-190290.JPG
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$65 for what could be replaced by two 4x4s and about 5-10 minutes of extra work.  No thanks.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 3:30:47 PM EDT
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This is what you seek.

You can build it to any dimension you want.  I built mine to 4'X8'.   Very durable.

DIY workbench

https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/295074/81HYZNrDg-L-190290.JPG
https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/295074/51FN8OHr6UL-190289.JPG
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That's what I have. Works great.
Link Posted: 4/20/2017 3:17:05 PM EDT
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I use this, it is ok, but not great. I had to secure it to the wall and floor. The holes in the top have caused small items to drop through. The drawers are tight and don't open easily.
Link Posted: 4/20/2017 3:24:55 PM EDT
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I just put my Harbor Freight bench together last night.  Now, I am waiting on my Inline mount to arrive.

Although it probably wasn't necessary, I used some Titebond II to glue all my joints together.  If two pieces of wood came together, there is some Titebond II in there!
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