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Project by jerset posted 07-23-2010 09:39 PM 4162 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Reloading bench
I built this bench about 6 years ago it now has 4 press on it.
Made with 2×4s and carriage bolts. the top and shelfs are Medium Density Fibreboard
Name: -Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)

Sources: -MDF is a type of hardboard, which is made from wood fibres glued under heat and pressure.

Advantages: -There are a number of reasons why MDF may be used instead of plywood or chipboard. It is dense, flat, stiff, has no knots and is easily machined. Because it is made up of fine particles it does not have an easily recognisable surface grain. MDF can be painted to produce a smooth quality surface. Because MDF has no grain it can be cut, drilled, machined and filed without damaging the surface. MDF may be dowelled together and traditional woodwork joints may even be cut. MDF may be glued together with PVA wood glue. Oil, water-based paints and varnishes may be used on MDF. Veneers and laminates may also be used to finish MDF

Disadvantages: -MDF can be dangerous to use if the correct safety precautions are not taken. MDF contains a substance called urea formaldehyde, which may be released from the material through cutting and sanding. Urea formaldehyde may cause irritation to the eyes and lungs. Proper ventilation is required when using it and facemasks are needed when sanding or cutting MDF with machinery. The dust produced when machining MDF is very dangerous. Masks and goggles should always be worn at all times. Due to the fact that MDF contains a great deal of glue the cutting edges of your tools will blunt very quickly. MDF can be fixed together with screws and nails but the material may split if care is not taken. If you are screwing, the screws should not be any further than 25mm in from the edge. When using screws always use pilot holes. Urea formaldehyde is always being slowly released from the surface of MDF. When painting it is good idea to coat the whole of the product in order to seal in the urea formaldehyde. Wax and oil finishes may be used as finishes but they are less effective at sealing in the urea formaldehyde
Uses: -It may be used to make display cabinets, wall-panels and storage units.

-- jerset





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DYNO360

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#1 posted 07-24-2010 01:46 AM

I liked the way you staggered the carriage bolts. Nice, clean looking bench. You must be serious about reloading.

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HalDougherty

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#2 posted 07-24-2010 02:54 AM

Very functional setup. I build all my tool support benches using the same type construction. The only change I make is to laminate 2X4 pine boards to make the tops. Lee makes great reloading equipment. Especially the collet dies.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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BTKS

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#3 posted 07-25-2010 02:15 AM

What height is your table top. I just pulled my loaders out of storage a few days ago. I am trying to decide on some features of a built in bench. My old bench is primitive at best with very limited top space. I’ve got the dedicated space, now I just need the details. I plan on working from a stool, not an office chair.
Thanks in advance, BTKS

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

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jerset

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#4 posted 07-25-2010 02:37 AM

Hi, I find this bench to work very well I do use a stool, most of the time. I use the stool in the photo and a Craftsman adjustable stool with a back rest. There are 4 Lee presses mounted, for .45, .44, .38, and an all purpose, for sizing bullets, priming, factory crimp and more.
The bench is 36.5 H X 27” D x 8’ L.

-- jerset

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BTKS

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#5 posted 07-25-2010 02:44 AM

Thanks. I forgot to mention earlier.
Welcome to LJ’s. This place can be addictive.
BTKS

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

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jerset

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#6 posted 07-25-2010 06:17 PM

My next post will feature a lead mining machine, for recycling the lead bullets. 2×4 and plywood.

-- jerset

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