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Posted: 9/3/2010 2:27:32 PM EDT
I found a link to these plans in the Reloading Bench thread.

Click.

Here are the raw materials.



Here is me cutting the top. It's oak, so this thing should be strong.



Here is everything once it was ready to be assembled.



Assembly will be tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Link Posted: 9/3/2010 3:10:44 PM EDT
Have fun building

I think its plywood with an oak veneer. I believe most here would say to use TWO sheets of that for top (and that would probably be the minimum).


Butcher block is probably the hardest and thickest top one could get in a wood
Link Posted: 9/3/2010 5:39:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:31:10 AM EDT
Don't skimp on the top.
We like 'em big on top!
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 8:38:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2010 8:41:25 AM EDT by Gargoyle]
Use a plain sided 30" door. Your top as planned will not hold up. 4X4s as legs. Or double up your 2X4s.

You can't build too sturdy of bench. I've built 3 in the last year.

Link Posted: 9/4/2010 10:13:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2010 12:09:23 PM EDT by AR-180]
For my purposes, this bench is fine as planned. I have several presses that I move in and out of location. With extra wood bracing the c-clamps it will be fine. I have enough extra plywood to lay two more layers on top if needed.

Here are some more shots of everything coming together.









Here is the finished product.



Link Posted: 9/4/2010 10:27:09 AM EDT
Finished?

Still needs to be stained, couple of coats of poly, some plants, a few license plates ..........








j/k, looks great
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 10:30:06 AM EDT

I have plans to use the same table once I get the time to site down and start on it. My old table is a repurposed computer desk (not strong at all).
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 1:46:06 PM EDT


The Emperor would above of this bench. May the force be with you.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 3:42:32 PM EDT
I suggest putting a couple coats of polyurathane on the top, keeps oil, lube, solvents, spilt coffee, tears of joy - from soaking into the wood
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 3:47:23 PM EDT
I used a 2x4 basics set up. I used 3/4" for the top. It held up fine.

I also used a 2/4 basics kit to make a stand for a 120 gallon (1,000 lb) fish tank. It held that like a champ.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:04:22 PM EDT
I've been using the bench for a while. Even with the standard top, it is doing great.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 5:12:14 PM EDT
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