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Posted: 3/9/2011 5:57:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2011 4:39:28 PM EDT by patchouli]
Having no construction, cabinetry, or woodworking skills...

I plan to make a reloading bench out of this pile of wood.  


Here's hoping I don't lose any blood, thumbnails, or wives.






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UPDATE.

BOTTOM PAGE 3 AND TOP PAGE 4.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:01:22 PM EDT
This thread has disaster written all over it.  
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:01:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:02:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2011 6:11:42 PM EDT by NineLivez]
Best of luck, I enjoyed building mine. Here is a link to a long running thread if you need some ideas

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=6&f=42&t=262015&page=1


ETA: My build is about 1/3 of the page down
http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=6&f=42&t=262015&page=15
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:05:36 PM EDT
Make it twice as sturdy and twice as big as you are planning. Will take you a little longer to run out of space like I have




Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:05:41 PM EDT
I just finished the first stage of mine

The workbench portion is now complete, now I just have to put in the inserts so I can take on and off my press as well as an upper shelf....
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:05:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AeroE:
Shoot, if you don't bleed on it, the bench will fall down.



This is the truth.

The Pain God must have his due or your project is doomed to failure.

Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:06:32 PM EDT
Make a sketch before you start cutting wood. Figure out what kind of fasteners you will need to buy. Buy a decent circular saw.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:07:00 PM EDT
I;d just hope I didn't lose any blood or thumbs.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:07:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AeroE:
Shoot, if you don't bleed on it, the bench will fall down.


This. The power tool gods demand a blood sacrifice.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:07:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MonkeyFist:
Originally Posted By AeroE:
Shoot, if you don't bleed on it, the bench will fall down.



This is the truth.

The Pain God must have his due or your project is doomed to failure.



So true.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:11:17 PM EDT
First snag.  


Circular saw doesn't go deep enough for 4x4post (legs).

Cutting 4 sides resulted in very rough cut


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Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:13:33 PM EDT
Rent a chop saw?
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:20:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Laramie:
Rent a chop saw?


I am already on my last cut for the 6 legs.

I'll figure something out.

Sand the uneven end or put a post cap on.

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Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:24:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2011 6:25:14 PM EDT by Quick_1911]
I did this same project a couple weeks ago and it came out surprisingly good for me having little/no carpentry expierience and scrap wood for materials

Good luck, make it sturdy enough to hold 2x as much stuff as you're planning on putting on it.



 
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:24:32 PM EDT
4x4 posts might be overkill. I think my bench legs are 2x4's. I don't have my dimensions handy.

Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:26:42 PM EDT


Action shot.


The dag doesn't see to mind.  




Fuck Norm Abram and his lasers and shop vacs and experience!


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Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:33:00 PM EDT
Dibs on wives.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:33:57 PM EDT



Originally Posted By patchouli:


First snag.  





Circular saw doesn't go deep enough for 4x4post (legs).



Cutting 4 sides resulted in very rough cut





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Hand saw.  Everybody should have one.



 
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:37:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ohio_Bill:

Originally Posted By patchouli:
First snag.  


Circular saw doesn't go deep enough for 4x4post (legs).

Cutting 4 sides resulted in very rough cut


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Hand saw.  Everybody should have one.
 




Doh.  I have one. Just wasn't thinking.




Here's the ends. 35" high.



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Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:40:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2011 6:43:11 PM EDT by MonkTx]





Originally Posted By AeroE:



Shoot, if you don't bleed on it, the bench will fall down.








The reloading gods must be appeased.









 
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:42:18 PM EDT
Are you building this in your living room...........?!?!?!?  
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:47:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:48:31 PM EDT
Get this thing instead:



http://leeprecision.com/xcart/home.php



Safer.....for you.....and the dog.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:51:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
That little battery saw is cute.  


I got one and it works great at my farm for cutting stuff where electricity isn't or it wouldn't be worth it to load up a generator.

If you get one I bet you use the hell out of it at your place.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:52:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2011 6:53:44 PM EDT by BobRoberts]
Mine and I live in an apartment









 
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:52:44 PM EDT
You could just go to Sears and buy one of these...




Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:54:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:54:07 PM EDT
All done.

















Jk.

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Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:57:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Originally Posted By krpind:
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
That little battery saw is cute.  


I got one and it works great at my farm for cutting stuff where electricity isn't or it wouldn't be worth it to load up a generator.

If you get one I bet you use the hell out of it at your place.


No way––I have duplex outlets every three or four feet.  Even on walls that wouldn't normally have them.  I can do it myself, with premium outlets and boxes (not the crappy blue ones), for about $7 each.  No reason not to have LOTS of them.  

I've gradually started using my cordless drill less and less too.  


I'm talking about when you are working somewhere like at a deer stand or out at the range where you don't have any electric power.

Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:58:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2011 6:59:40 PM EDT by thebeekeeper1]
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:58:46 PM EDT
Well, that's it for tonight.

Now to sleep on it (not the bench) to think of a way to get the table top mounted level.

I'm kinda wingin' it.

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Link Posted: 3/9/2011 6:58:53 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:01:18 PM EDT



Originally Posted By patchouli:


Well, that's it for tonight.



Now to sleep on it (not the bench) to think of a way to get the table top mounted level.



I'm kinda wingin' it.



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Might wanna think about how you're gonna keep it from falling over on you when you pull the handle on something bigger than a .380 ACP case.



 
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:04:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Originally Posted By patchouli:
All done.

http://i53.tinypic.com/11ux3iw.jpg


Jk.

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I know you're kidding, but the top needs to be at least three times thicker.  


Seriously?

I got 3/4" birch plywood. It seemed beefy. I am gonna brace the sides of the legs with 1x4's around the perimeters and maybe a diagonal brace under the top.


Should I double up the plywood on top?  Or triple it?



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Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:06:49 PM EDT
OP you will probably need a bigger top, and maybe brace the legs some more.

Oh yeah some pics-

OHHHHHHH


AHHHHHHHH

Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:06:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By hkusp:
4x4 posts might be overkill. I think my bench legs are 2x4's. I don't have my dimensions handy.



No, mine has 4x4 posts for legs and they are barely adequate.  I used a solid door for the top, and that too is barely adequate.  

I guess I have too much stuff on mine!

LC
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:08:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:


I have a Honda ATV thingie that allows for trips back and forth.  It's only 80 acres.  




One of my bow blinds. That is during a flood and the bottom of that is 8 feet off the ground and the water got about 6 inches inside it.

That is a lot of back and forth putting that thing on those stilts.

Of course I used a generator and circular saw

Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:10:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:11:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dogs_of_War:
OP you will probably need a bigger top, and maybe brace the legs some more.

Oh yeah some pics-

OHHHHHHH
http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/yy39/ESC12345/loading/1011001038.jpg

AHHHHHHHH
http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/yy39/ESC12345/loading/0102111803.jpg


I built mine right in the closet to the walls so it's part of the house.  Rock solid with a Dillon 650.  I also have pegboard on all 3 sides, storage above and below.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:11:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:12:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2011 7:14:44 PM EDT by krpind]
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Stairs??? Dang, yer old and feeble.  





It's for kids......



















Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:17:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By patchouli:
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Originally Posted By patchouli:
All done.

http://i53.tinypic.com/11ux3iw.jpg


Jk.

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I know you're kidding, but the top needs to be at least three times thicker.  


Seriously?

I got 3/4" birch plywood. It seemed beefy. I am gonna brace the sides of the legs with 1x4's around the perimeters and maybe a diagonal brace under the top.


Should I double up the plywood on top?  Or triple it?



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My top is 1 7/8"
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:19:01 PM EDT
Double the top & you'll be fine. I found the right length screws & fastened it through the bottom, into the top. No screws showing on the top at all. I used a few deck screws to attach the lower layer of the top into the legs before addng the 2nd 3/4" top layer, plus a bunch of "L" brackets from underneath.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:21:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2011 7:22:56 PM EDT by Wingman26]
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:23:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By patchouli:
Seriously?

I got 3/4" birch plywood. It seemed beefy. I am gonna brace the sides of the legs with 1x4's around the perimeters and maybe a diagonal brace under the top.

Should I double up the plywood on top?  Or triple it?

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Stop worrying about it you're fine.  I used 1/2" on the top of mine, and 2x4's for legs and bracing.  It works just fine with a little bit of extra bracing under area where the press is mounted.  I ended up running 2x4 all the way around the outside of the top, and bolting the front of the press through the 2x4.  Plenty sturdy for even 30-06.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:25:39 PM EDT
Make sure to put a heavy duty bottom shelf on it as well, and put a bunch of weight on it.  Either that or run some tapcons into the wall.



I put all of my lead shot as well as a lot of brass on my bottom shelf to keep the thing still.  I probably have ~200lbs on it and it doesn't budge.  This is just as important as having a thick top on it IMO, obviously you want both though.
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Link Posted: 3/9/2011 8:13:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2011 8:15:43 PM EDT by danpass]
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 8:19:52 PM EDT



Originally Posted By patchouli:


Having no construction, cabinetry, or woodworking skills...



I plan to make a reloading bench out of this pile of wood.  



Here's hoping I don't lose any blood, thumbnails, or wives.



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I thought it was Utah where you could do that...



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Link Posted: 3/9/2011 8:25:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By krpind:
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:


I have a Honda ATV thingie that allows for trips back and forth.  It's only 80 acres.  


http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b201/krpind/hogstand.jpg

One of my bow blinds. That is during a flood and the bottom of that is 8 feet off the ground and the water got about 6 inches inside it.

That is a lot of back and forth putting that thing on those stilts.

Of course I used a generator and circular saw



Bow fishing blind?
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