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Reloading bench organization

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Whitey375, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. Whitey375

    Whitey375 Eugene, Oregon Active Member

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    So I am going to build a cabinet to house all the different calibers, powders, primers, and bullets for each of my long guns. Trying to come up with an idea how to lay it out, and apparently, I am not creative enough. This is what I have so far..
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    The bottom will hold 4 of the MTM 100round boxes, or two 855 ammo cans, the 3 boards are meant as a stand in for dies and the powder is kinda obvious. At the opposite end will be a narrow (6"+/-) set of shelves for primers.

    Is this stupid, or is it just me over thinking it? (Usually is,lol)

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  2. Whitey375

    Whitey375 Eugene, Oregon Active Member

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    etega5e6.jpg

    A more indicative view

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  3. Whitey375

    Whitey375 Eugene, Oregon Active Member

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    Or maybe a cabinet/system I could buy? Because really, for a carpenter, I am a heck of a painter.

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  4. tdb59

    tdb59 OR Active Member

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    Boxes and bags stacked on the floor is not proper ?

    I must correct that.

    Sometime.
     
  5. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Build it three times the size you think you need!
     
  6. Whitey375

    Whitey375 Eugene, Oregon Active Member

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    Well I guess I am currently more organized than that, but some days just barely.

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  7. Whitey375

    Whitey375 Eugene, Oregon Active Member

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    Sweet baby Hayzeus, that will take up my entire garage

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  8. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Because it's on the floor recommend you use drawer glides for the shelves. It will make it so much easier to use all the space in your cabinets and get to everything easily.
    I have something 1/3 that size, mounted on the wall at eye level, and it holds all my reloading supplies nicely. Ammo and tools go elsewhere.
     
  9. Whitey375

    Whitey375 Eugene, Oregon Active Member

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    Oh, that's just where I am assembling it at work. It is going on a bench top that I purposely built extra wide to hold a cabinet like this.

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  10. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    If my loading bench wasn't such a disaster ATM (I had to unbolt the presses so I could work on an axle that is currently eating the bench), I would take some photos.

    I used several "classes" of storage, I keep my dies in one place, I keep toolheads for the 550 and 650 on pin holders, all my random tools in a tool box.

    For my die boxes, most of my dies are RCBS, so I've kinda standardized on that box, right now I typically have 2 of those south african .308 ammo cans stood on edge that I keep dies in (makes it easier to pack up and move, just snap the lid on and pack!), the tool box sits along with the dies on the upper part of the bench. I don't store my powder or primers on/near the bench, those live in two type 04 magazines that I set up to look like a mini refrigerator made out of wood that sits behind me when I'm loading.

    If you're going to all the trouble to "make" a cabinet, simply make the walls 1" thick wood and now it's a "magazine".
     
  11. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Amen. I built a bench from the plans supplied years ago by the NRMA shown here:

    http://www.zjstech.net/gunstuff/reloadingbench.pdf

    I now have totally filled it, even to the point of adding shelves and hanging bins on the ends. Had to add some steel shelf storage that I purchased at Costco.

    Reloading is a lot like the statement "Build it and they will come". You build the space and in no time at all you'll have it filled with "new purchases".
     
  12. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Here's a good little tip: you know those Lazy Suzan carousel type things?
    They suck. Just get a spinning bar stool.
     
  13. Tomas204

    Tomas204 Oregon City Member

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    Organization why, because people are to dam lazy to look for stuff :laugh:

    Nice start I need to make me some boxes to hide my stuff
     
  14. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    i have 2 benches and i need to build a new one
     
  15. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    You are proving another form of "Parkinson's Law". The one that says work will expand to fit the time available. I've found the same for gadgets, tools, and other clutter. Bigger benches means more space for stuff to be accumulated:D
     
  16. Whitey375

    Whitey375 Eugene, Oregon Active Member

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    Haha, that's good.

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