My reloading bench project

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My reloading bench project

Postby Virginian » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:22 pm

This forum is going to die a slow death if we don't chip in and add some value and content. I did this project a couple years ago and I hope it inspires someone to build their own. I'm just copying and pasting from yester-year.

Eric

I've been meaning to get this project done for years. I finally said, what the hey, I'm doing it!

I've been drooling over this particular set of plans posted here.
http://www.shotgunsportsmagazine.com/do ... _plans.pdf
This particular design has been around since Moby Dick was a minnow. I'm sure many of you have run across it on the web at one time or another.

I stopped at the local mega box store to pick up the materials. Wow, words cannot describe shopping at some of these stores... what a debacle... Two hours later I had most of what I needed and dragged it home.
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It was getting ready to rain and the temperature in the garage was 92F last night. I unloaded everything and started to measure and optimize the plywood. I ran out of steam and called it a night to hammer on this project in the morning.

I got up early and cut and sanded all the pieces to make this bench. It seemed like it took forever, measuring & re-measuring before I cut each piece.
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I then started framing the top and lower shelf. The bench top has a nice overhang for bolting your press' or vices.
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Carriage bolt the legs on.
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I bolted the frames together and installed the bench top and the lower shelf on.
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I hope to have it nearly done by tomorrow and I'll post some pictures as I progress. This is a fairly easy project and I would recommend this to anyone so far. The bench is really heavy and should do fine for presses.

I call this loading bench The M1 Abrams. This thing is heavy duty!

The plans call for slider drawers and I'm having trouble locating tracks for the doors to slide on. They're 1/4" plywood and I would welcome any suggestions.

I'll have an update late tomorrow night.

Thanks for looking.

Eric
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Re: My reloading bench project

Postby Virginian » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:24 pm

Today I finished most of the cabinet that gets mounted to the bench. The center fold out is for the power scale. I cut the tip off one of my less than stellar bucks I took in the past for knob.
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Here's a right & left view of the cabinet installed.
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I put on one coat of polyurethane, the plywood soaked it up like a sponge.It doesn't even look I put any poly on yet. I guess a few more coats are in order.
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That's all for this weekend, I'll hammer on it some more next weekend.

To be continued...

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Re: My reloading bench project

Postby Virginian » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:25 pm

Well, here's the final project completed. Pictures aren't that great with my cell phone but you get the idea. Thanks for looking!

Eric

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I had a devil of a time finding a place that sells slider track. Wound up ordering it from a hardware store in Spokane, WA.
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Re: My reloading bench project

Postby K22 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:03 pm

I agree with you Eric. We'll loose this forum if we don't get some more input.

What a great step by step and with pictures no less. I love pictures. :lol: And what a nice job you did Virginian.

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Re: My reloading bench project

Postby Song Dog » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:28 pm

That is awesome set up!

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Re: My reloading bench project

Postby CRT » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:46 pm

I agree that is one sweet looking reloading bench!

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Re: My reloading bench project

Postby Joe O » Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:58 am

Nice job on the bench.I remember you posting on another site,a couple years ago.I now have two loading shops,one for processing brass,cleaning and working on guns,and the other for final loading and storage of ammo.Got to learn how to post pics.
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Re: My reloading bench project

Postby Clint E » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:46 am

Thats a nice bench . Now that you have had it a while what do you change to fit youre style.

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Re: My reloading bench project

Postby Virginian » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:55 am

Clint - That's a great question. So far I still love the overall design. I tend to stand when I reload so I make the legs extra long. I'm 6'4", so this bench is kind of tall for most folks. Some of my friend that visit laugh when they see the height of it. :lol:

Honestly, I wouldn't change a thing. I'm very happy with the overall layout and function of this bench.

Joe - Sorry for the repost... :oops:

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Re: My reloading bench project

Postby WYO » Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:29 pm

Nicely done. Sturdiness is the key and a true testament if you still love the design.


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