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Knock Down Shooting Bench

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by eriknemily, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    I just came across this guy's design for a simple knock down shooting bench. It's made out of one sheet of 3/4" plywood. This is just what I've been looking for to take with me when I shoot out in the woods. Simple and compact. Here's the website:

    Tom's Woodworking Plans

    On the left click on the "shooting accessories" folder. Then click on the "knockdown shooting bench" folder.


    * I just noticed that it takes a couple minutes for the PDF plans to show up after you click on the "plans" tab. Thought I'd note that so you don't think the guy's website is screwed up.
     
  2. simpleguy

    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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    hehehe.........I am typical male........read the first part of the post, followed the link...........couldn't figure out why the website was so slow.......then read the rest of the post.......

    Thanks for the note on the slowness of the website.
     
  3. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    simpleguy,

    It took me a while to figure out what was going on too. On the forum where I found this design one guy posted a few times that he couldn't get the plans to load. Probably the same problem. I've never seen that before.
     
  4. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    This is very close to the design of the one that I bought last year from a fellow forum member. Mine is made more like a picnic table with a bench on only one side, plus it has a cutout tabletop to allow the right shooting posture.

    It's heavy, and it wobbles. I set it up right next to the car, so the weight doesn't really matter, but the wobble can be a problem. I have to consciously push with my feet to pre-load it in one direction before it'll stay still. Shooting rimfire it's no problem, but I'll bet .308Win would be a different story.
     
  5. evltwn

    evltwn Gold Hill Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Google "Rugged Buddy" sawhorse legs. Buy them. Use the top from the plans you shared, or something similiar. Safe shooting.
     
  6. bmgm37

    bmgm37 Coos Bay Active Member

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    I have taken this design and modified it to be able to set it up for left or right hand shooters, made it to lock together tighter, have hand hole cutouts to handle the parts with and made a little more crotch clearance ;)

    I have a cabinet shop and have been cutting them on a CNC router. Thought about trying to sell them, but the cost out of good quality materials like 13 ply Baltic Birch, the cost is probably ore than most people would pay and close or equal to a store bought folding shooting bench.
     
  7. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    Looks like he's loading a pdf through a java front-end. Which is clunky if not coded properly; the pdf has to load into your browser's memory

    TLDR; Gonna take a while to load with the way his site is set up.
     
  8. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    bmgm3,

    do you have any schematics of your table drawn up? Or any good detailed pictures? I'm curious how you made it to lock together tightly and what you did to adjust the 'keel' piece to allow for more crotch room.
     
  9. rusobr2

    rusobr2 prineville,or Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    i'm really happy to see this post.......as i'v been trying to put one of these together for my wife & i !
    also looks like you can adlib a little on front leg cutouts to cut down on lbs., and not to much problem to modify the crotch area so one can slide in a little further (kids, wife, short arm folks)
    thanks for the post !!

    steven