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reloading bench

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Gas, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. Gas

    Gas Gig Harbor, Washington, United States Active Member

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  2. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    You may want to consider adding a set of 2x4 diagonal braces on the sides and back. It may not be necessary, but I have a habit of over-engineering things at times. B-)


    elsie
     
  3. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    +1, and/or mounting it to the wall.:thumbup:
     
  4. SAR1846

    SAR1846 Oregon Member

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  5. Tilos

    Tilos Idaho Active Member

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    Gas:
    I've built a bench from the link you posted and can offer some suggestions.
    -Buy a full sheet of 7/16 OSB and use 2 thicknesses for the top.
    Most Lowes/HomeDepot will cut the OSB for free.
    -Consider making it taller to load standing or with your butt on a tall stool.
    -The 2x4 under the front edge should be flat, not on edge, for the bolts holding your press to the bench top.(see SAR1846's link design).
    -Add a 2x4, lying flat, front to back under the top, on the press position centerline.
    -20" deep (wide) is enough unless you plan to build shelves on the back.(see SAR1846's link design).
    -A shelf on the wall is a better place for a powder scale than a shelf attached to the bench.
    Good luck,
    Tilos
     
  6. Gas

    Gas Gig Harbor, Washington, United States Active Member

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    I was going to use 4x4 posts for the legs and make it around 42" tall also. Thanks for the other link. I will check it out right now.
     
  7. terrylf72

    terrylf72 Portland, Oregon, United States Member

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    I used a sheet of 1-1/8" ply and then topped it with plexy for easy cleaning.
     
  8. SAR1846

    SAR1846 Oregon Member

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    On my old bench, the top was constructed of 3/4 ply, and then I added an additional 3/4" scrap piece -- ~2'x2' to raise up the press, and have room for a couple trays worth of brass & ball.