Reloading Bench

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Project by TJ Russell posted 07-14-2012 02:49 PM 3258 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1st real project; I bought a RCBS press and needed a bench. It is all pine or fir from the big box store. Very interesting to build. I have way more experience with metal and welding, working with wood can be very frustrating.

It is 42 in tall by 74 in long and 20 in deep with 3 shelves that I will probably make drawers for down the line. I finished the top with teak oil and spray bombed the rest with flat forest green and black.

There are a couple screws holding some the top on and a lot of glue. For the most part it is made with really simple lap joints, I made a 3×3 post from 2×4 and just left notches for the lap joints. Some of my gaps wound up being pretty big but I also did not use the straightest wood to begin with. Top was made from 2×4 cut down to 1.5 inch square by 12 inch or 8 inch with four 20 inch pieces on the ends and middle. It was all glued together and I sanded the top pretty flat.

All in all fun to build and pretty solid. Every thing was pretty much cut off the top of my head, I can visualize projects really well just can’t put my ideas to paper yet.

Pics were taken with a cell phone so they probably are not the best quality

-- TJ

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#1 posted 07-14-2012 02:53 PM

Nice job. That will make a good sturdy reloading bench.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 03:47 PM

Looks like that’ll do the job just fine !
Nice job !

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#3 posted 07-14-2012 06:14 PM

Functionality first, you can get fancy later

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 08:42 PM

Nice top. Looks like it is hell for stout. Should do the job real well


-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 07-15-2012 12:11 AM

oh yea. The bench wont even move when I am pulling the handle on the press.

-- TJ

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