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Team Sergeant
01-11-2015, 13:16
Let's hear the ideas and plans if anyone has them..... ;)

SF_BHT
01-11-2015, 14:44
Well for off the shelf benches that have good storage and flexibility and good price try Harbor Freight.

http://t.harborfreight.com/60-in-4-drawer-hardwood-workbench-69054.html

Small footprint is setup for woodwork but you have drawers, and a bottom shelf that you can store extra items when you are not using them. Easy to clamp down things and when you lay down an mat on top it is a good cleaning and maint table for our guns.

If you are looking for layout for ergonomics I will defer to some of our brothers for that.

Hope this helps...

Streck-Fu
01-12-2015, 06:49
Edit: pictures added...sorry about loading sideways. I did not take them that way.

I built my own but didn't use any plans. I'll post a picture tonight.

It is a simple 2x4' table with some shelves on the back and a single shelf underneath on one side.

The top is made of a 3/4" 2'x4' MDF sheet topped with a oak plywood sheet of oak in the same dimension. I framed it in 2x4" with a crossing truss in the middle.

The MDF sheet was screwed to the 2x4 frame and then the oak sheet screwed through the MDF into the frame. The table top is stained and coated with about 10 layers of poly.

The corner legs are 4x4" posts with the center legs being 2x4.

I plan to add second table that will be 2'x6' and attach it to my current table making an L shape.

I only have a single stage Herter's press so the 2x4 is fine for now but I need the longer table for long gun maintenance....

koz
01-12-2015, 08:59
There's a lot of good/cool and really bad reloading setups on this Link (http://www.ar15.com/mobile/topic.html?b=6&f=42&t=262015&page=70)

Important things -
It needs to be sturdy. As Streck-Fu said he built a crossing truss - It makes a big difference. The 4x4" legs give it weight and a lower shelf is nice for bullets, etc..

Lighting - Try to avoid florescent lighting. It can mess with electronic scales.

Height - I made mine a little higher than normal (I sit on a stool vs chair) but if you use a metal "strong mount" - it will elevate it too high if your bench is already high.

Storage - The more calibers you reload, the more equipment you'll get, the more different types of brass you'll have, etc... You need good storage. I use the storage above the bench for dies, tools, primer trays, manuals, etc.. I keep a couple powders on the bench. But majority of components have their own shelving away from the bench.

Consider a separate small bench for your scale. If you're cranking away, the scale gets moved a little which may drop some power or cause some drift.

Combat Diver
01-12-2015, 09:52
Started out using a wooden folding fest table from Germany. Bolted my press and powder measure to it well in the barracks. Used to have a complete set up in my room, SGMs would have a heart attack today!

Couple of years ago built a new mancave with "L" bench along two walls. Here's a photo of the casting station on the far left, Lyman 450 bullet sizer/luber, Mec 600Jr single stage 12ga press, Dillion 550B, powder measure and RCBS RS2 single stage press. Took picture right after I bolted them down.

Before
http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/medium/benches_and_shelves.JPG
After
http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/medium/reloading_room2.JPG

Here is a link to a 86 pg reloading bench thread over at Cast Boolits
http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?12392-Loading-bench-pics



CD

WRMETTLER
01-12-2015, 10:37
TS:

I bought an old heavy duty, government metal table, bolted a plywood on top and set up my presses on it. Its in my garage, and I have cabinets above and plastic containers below holding my stuff. Cramped, but works.

As you get into reloading, you will acquire so much equipment, components and general crap that youll run out of space. Make sure you either go big initially or have room to expand. Storage is important.

I weigh/trickle charges for certain loads. I have an old Lyman M5 beam scale. I bought a heavy duty metal storage rack about 18x 24 that stands to my right as I face the bench. I put my scale on that, so I can load, etc, without shaking the beam.

So, you might want to think maybe several work areas close together depending on what you want to do.

Then, you will probably have to consider a powder measure, scale (beam, electronic) and a chronograph to make sure your bullets dont bounce off the pop-up metal targets.

Bill

Ambush Master
01-12-2015, 15:08
I bolted my Hornady Pro7 to a 2X10 and clamp it in a Black & Decker Work Mate!! When not in use the 2-by/w Press is stored in a closet and whe Work Mate is folded and stored on a hook in the Garage. It is a very stable work platform and it gives you a good amount of work area, but dosen't take up any space!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adYHUWEHJtE

mark46th
01-12-2015, 16:49
Went the 2X4, plywood route. I am not nor have I ever claimed to be a good carpenter. My wife calls my finished carpentry projects, "Rustic". But, it is strong...

PSM
01-12-2015, 17:50
Well for off the shelf benches that have good storage and flexibility and good price try Harbor Freight.

http://t.harborfreight.com/60-in-4-drawer-hardwood-workbench-69054.html

Small footprint is setup for woodwork but you have drawers, and a bottom shelf that you can store extra items when you are not using them. Easy to clamp down things and when you lay down an mat on top it is a good cleaning and maint table for our guns.

If you are looking for layout for ergonomics I will defer to some of our brothers for that.

Hope this helps...

+1 on B's. suggestion if you have the room. I have one (I'm not a re-loader) and it's very solid for the money and the drawers are felt lined. And apparently easy to assemble because my wife put it together before I even got out of bed. Bless her heart. :D

ETA: The wooden vise was very handy when I assembled my AR as it didn't scratch the parts clamped in it.

Pat

SF_BHT
01-12-2015, 22:31
+1 on B's. suggestion if you have the room. I have one (I'm not a re-loader) and it's very solid for the money and the drawers are felt lined. And apparently easy to assemble because my wife put it together before I even got out of bed. Bless her heart. :D

ETA: The wooden vise was very handy when I assembled my AR as it didn't scratch the parts clamped in it.

Pat

I added a cross beam in the back to give it a little more strength and glued it at all points as I bolted it together throughout to include the drawers. It is not too big but works for me really well.

PSM
01-12-2015, 22:37
I added a cross beam in the back to give it a little more strength and glued it at all points as I bolted it together throughout to include the drawers. It is not too big but works for me really well.

I'll give my wife your suggestions. :D

Pat

x SF med
01-13-2015, 00:42
I added a cross beam in the back to give it a little more strength and glued it at all points as I bolted it together throughout to include the drawers. It is not too big but works for me really well.

I'm with you, I have the same bench (it was on sale for $120) glued all joints while bolting but didn't add the cross brace.

I use it for everything - I just got some reloading equipment from an estate, so I'm going through it all to see what's there... I am not sure about the powders, but lots of bullets, a scale, brass, calipers, press, some primers.... all in assorted boxes.... may need a hand sorting through it and may have some calibers that I wont use - I may send those pieces to people who will use them... I will definitely keep the .308 and 9mm for me.

Team Sergeant
01-13-2015, 12:01
I'm with you, I have the same bench (it was on sale for $120) glued all joints while bolting but didn't add the cross brace.

I use it for everything - I just got some reloading equipment from an estate, so I'm going through it all to see what's there... I am not sure about the powders, but lots of bullets, a scale, brass, calipers, press, some primers.... all in assorted boxes.... may need a hand sorting through it and may have some calibers that I wont use - I may send those pieces to people who will use them... I will definitely keep the .308 and 9mm for me.

I was good with this post until....... :rolleyes:

Folks remember,

9mm, is a .45 set to "stun".

SF Hunter
01-13-2015, 12:08
Folks remember,

9mm, is a .45 set to "stun".

LMAO!

Badger52
01-13-2015, 15:18
Was good with shelving until I got tired of re-stacking die sets and the collection of data, old proof targets & reference material kept infringing. Was fortunate in already having another ancillary bench making the short end of an 'L'. Then my CFO spotted a monster sale on a decent roll-away set (mechanics type) and said, "you oughta get that so your area looks a bit more civilized down there."

Split them up & the bottom part takes care of protecting additional scopes & other longish boxes. The top went on the short bench and has been perfect for keeping die sets organized in the drawers; the 1/2 width top drawer is perfect for things I reach for all the time (e.g., caliper, borescope, stuff like that). Non- brand name versions of these setups are cheap & really clean up the area.

The other thing done (again, a find by the bride of several decades) was an island area with some storage underneath. On this island is a permanent setup with a Dillon loading a single caliber that is high production, again leaving the bench clear for single-stage work, bullet sorting, etc. Anything in a reloading area, imo, that minimizes distraction is a step toward preventing being "that" guy.

For those who haven't been using one long, the note about flourescents on your electronic scale is worth heeding. Also, if the whole room isn't controlled, humidity can manufacture weight swings while you watch - zero often.

cbtengr
01-14-2015, 08:18
Built this about ten years ago, plenty sturdy with lots of enclosed storage.

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Team Sergeant
01-14-2015, 09:26
Built this about ten years ago, plenty sturdy with lots of enclosed storage.

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Nice, that's exactly what I'm thinking..... when can you come over and help me build it? :D

The Reaper
01-14-2015, 11:27
Built this about ten years ago, plenty sturdy with lots of enclosed storage.

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I built the exact same bench almost 20 years ago, it has made several PCSes and is still in great shape.

TR