My New Reload Bench

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Project by johnnyz53 posted 07-28-2009 10:55 AM 16635 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to create a reload bench that would serve the many personal needs of my clients. They wanted a bench to add equipment on the edges whether temporary or permanent.

Common requests were for side splashes so parts, pieces and bullets would not roll off. The bottom shelf is recessed for seating. The top shelves were installed for easy reach to parts.

I added the opportunity the the client to add an inspirational saying as well as carvings.
The bench is made of Kiln Dried SYP with a low moisture content. The top pieces were finger jointed with my shaper. Finish is Gunstock with four coats of Poly.

-- John, Charleston, SC,

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#1 posted 07-28-2009 12:11 PM

Nice bench..almost too nice to use, I would be scared to scratch it. See you got more in progress in the background. Good luck and keep on keepin’ on.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#2 posted 07-28-2009 12:27 PM

Extremely nice workbench. Bet you make precision reloads too.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 12:44 PM

great bench,,looks beefy, looks heavy..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#4 posted 07-28-2009 02:12 PM

That will do the job…and then some!! Working at a nice bench like that would relieve some of the tedium of reloading for sure. I like the edge, those little primers roll everywhere…;-)
Nice job, John!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 07-28-2009 02:54 PM

The problem with a bench like this is it looks too good to use. Nice job.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#6 posted 07-28-2009 04:05 PM

very nice looking bench

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 07-28-2009 07:54 PM

Great looking bench. It will look even better after many years of use.

-- "Preach the gospel always. If necessary use words" -St Francis of Assisi

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#8 posted 07-29-2009 04:18 AM

As a reloader myself, I can say that a solid bench is a must. Your looks fantastic. I really like the gloss finish, I would think the added reflection would allow for better light transmission around your equipment.
Keep em’ in the 10-ring,

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#9 posted 07-29-2009 04:24 AM

Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 07-29-2009 04:41 AM

wow So nice looks like furniture

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#11 posted 07-29-2009 05:30 AM

Great inspiration to get out the reloading equipment and get back into the craft. Thanks for posting, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#12 posted 07-29-2009 05:44 AM

My reloading is done on an old painted pine student desk….I haven’t had the time to crank out a nice one – Yours is magnificient and a great inspiration…

I will have to get too it..I have put off going to some of the SAS meets as I haven’t had time to load enough lead bullets…..I’ve been missing all the fun and comraderie at the meets…its another great outlet for stress.

Also, it would be nice to build an elevated platform for a bullet tray…some nice boxes for the dies…a stable platform for the powder scale…...and…and…..well time to break out the sketch up…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#13 posted 07-29-2009 10:53 AM

Ben Franklin sure had a way with words. I’ve been feeling like a lamb for about 8 months now. Sorry started to go off on a rant. I really like the bench, wish I had time to load a few shells myself.

-- Which way did they go? Tell me, tell me I must know I'm there leader!!

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