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Project by Skippy906 posted 12-15-2013 at 05:59 PM 3180 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what happens when you sit and have a few beers with a guy that needed a new reloading bench. You end up with a rock solid, custom made bench.

This bench is 8 ft. long, by 30” deep and 35” high. It has a 2×4 torsion style top with 3/4 MDF and Formica covering and edged in stained maple with a chamfer.

Each section is separate, so this was basically 4 different builds. The center for the bins was a unique challenge. This part was made especially for this type of bin, and it is for brass storage. It can hold up to 50 shoe box sized bins. It has poplar slide rails and made with box store 3/4 birch ply.

The drawer section is a basic carcass of birch, with stained maple fronts. Each drawer was specifically made for certain items to due with reloading. Primers, dyes and powder each have a nice little home made of 3/16” hardboard.

The other end of the bench contains 2 slide out shelves. One is for the tumbler and the other is for the ultrasonic cleaner. I put a power strip in there for easy access to plug them in. Now all that is missing is some above bench storage, which will be coming up in the sprig.

He is very pleased with the work and I have a lot of shells for the range now.

Thanks for looking.

-- Making progress





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MAKZ06

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#1 posted 12-15-2013 at 06:10 PM

Fantastic looking bench. I’ll be using some of your ideas for organization when I get around to modifying mine or building a new one. One question though. Where does he mount his press(s)?

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gwolfe1977

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#2 posted 12-15-2013 at 06:10 PM

That is an awesome reloading bench!!!! You put a lot of thought into this build. Everything has its place. Great job!!!

-- Gary,Nebraska

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Skippy906

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#3 posted 12-15-2013 at 06:15 PM

MAKZ06 – I think he is going to mount it in front and sacrifice 2 bins of storage. I thought about just putting a spacer between the drawers and storage, but that would have taken one row out of the storage area. I guess we had one to many beers on the planning night. LOL

Another problem we found when assembling it, the back rail and the legs, covered the outlets on the wall where we mounted it. Another small over-site I guess.

gwolfe1977 – Thanks, I appreciate the good feedback.

-- Making progress

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RodNGun

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#4 posted 12-15-2013 at 09:12 PM

Great project, great hobby, thanks for showing us.

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jeff

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#5 posted 12-15-2013 at 09:38 PM

very nice and lots of storage…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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CarterR

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 at 07:42 AM

It reminds me of the bumper sticker;
“Keep honking I’m reloading my gun”

-- www.lowtideco.com

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Shawn LaFleur

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 at 07:56 AM

Nice. I need to build one of those at my brother-in-laws where we do our reloading. Much better idea then using an old metal desk.

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JC_WW

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 at 08:58 AM

That is an amazing looking bench. You could use that for all sort of reasons, bu I can’t think of a better one.

-- Justin C.

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Barngirl

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#9 posted 12-16-2013 at 09:28 AM

A workbench??
I was thinking I could use that as a dresser and those bins could hold my shoes and accessories!!
Absolutely amazing work!

-- Barn Girl - "Where Every Piece of Wood Has a History" http://www.realantiquewood.com

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Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 12-16-2013 at 09:51 AM

my reloading stuff is all over the place…..

love the organization and the bin system.

imo, properly sized drawers are the best for storage solutions

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Skippy906

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#11 posted 12-16-2013 at 10:18 AM

Wow, Thanks for all the positive feedback guys and girl.
Maniac Matt, The drawers were the first thing I planned, That determined how wide the drawer base would be, and it was very difficult to get the primers, powder and dye to even out in the drawers.

I didn’t get too much into the design of the bench itself, but it is very sturdy. 4 2×4’s for the front, one in the center and one in the back. The others are spaced 12” apart and it is all glued and screwed together. I was worried about all the weight that would be hanging from the bench. I guess you could never make a too strong of a workbench.

-- Making progress

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HillbillyShooter

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#12 posted 12-16-2013 at 11:36 AM

Nice solution for an ultimate reloading bench.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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jmanleisure

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#13 posted 12-16-2013 at 12:19 PM

Looks great- just an idea- many progressive and even single stage presses can be lifted off the bench via mounts and the mount attaches to the bench so you don’t have to give up storage space. Plus it is easier reloading since you’ll likely be standing in front of the bench instead of sitting down. As an example- search for the ‘strong mount’ for dillion press and you’ll see what I mean.

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Knothead62

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#14 posted 12-16-2013 at 01:21 PM

It’s a great job! Well designed, even with too many brewskis. It is recommended that primers and powder be stored in a fireproof cabinet or container. Fire fighters like that.

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hoss12992

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#15 posted 12-16-2013 at 05:43 PM

Great job. Love the design that you came up with

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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