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Old 12-16-2002, 10:09 PM
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Portable shooting/hunting bench

What height do you prefer your long range hunting bench to be? I have been thinking of making one out of doubled up 3/4" plywood. Cut the sheet in half, glue it together, mount 4 legs cut out of 1 1/2" or 1 1/4" pipe mounted to flanges so they can be removed for shipping. Now the problem is what height? Oh, yea, and router the flanges to allow the pipes to come out of the plywood at an angle. Seen some picks of Darryl's, wouldn't mind seeing some closer pic's!
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Old 12-16-2002, 10:59 PM
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Use 1 1/4" pipe about 30" long so you can put 1" pipe inside them (about 24" long) for terain adjustment or heighth adjustment-- then drill a 5/8" hole about 2 1/2" up from bottom of the 1 1/4" pipe and weld a 1/2" nut on for a T-handle bolt lock--angle your flanges about 20 degrees out and away--table heighth should be about 30" to 32" high at the front end. Instead of flanges you can cut couplers at 20 or 22 degrees and weld them to a 1/4" piece of steel then bolt the whole piece to the bottom of table front and rear. Use two pieces of 3/4" plywood and glue and screw together but bolt the steel with flanges or bolt the couplers on bottom piece only then top of table will be clean. Cut a hand hole on one side for easy carry. Table will weight about 65 to 70 lbs if it's 40" long by 18" wide. You can center the rear leg and have it come straight back if you have a cutout for the shooter and still put a extra flange or coupler for a fourth leg. You can put washers and or a pointed mining bit in the 1" leg. This is a solid setup. You can go half the weight with 1" plywood and 3/4" pipe(angled the same) with solid 3/4" aluminum inside (pointed on bottom end) and this is a good setup if your rifle isn't over 30 pounds or so. Just thought I would give you a few ideas that I use and know work--others probably have even better ones.
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Old 12-16-2002, 11:05 PM
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The 1/4" steel the couplers are welded to is only about 4 or 5" wide and 17" long at the front and even shorter at the rear if you have a cutout for shooter not the whole area of table.
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Old 12-17-2002, 10:17 PM
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Re: Portable shooting/hunting bench

Like the idea of the "thread-protectors" Dan. Think I'll snag 4 next time at the wholesale house!
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Old 12-18-2002, 08:19 AM
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Littletoes,

Contact DC about where to get the legs. He gave me a friend of his that makes adjstable legs that will level your portable bench anywhere!. They work really well...
Ask Chris Jamison he used the protable bench this past summer for PD's... I used 2 pieces of fiber board, glued them together, mounted the legs.. then applied 3 thick coats of a sealant.. I left it out in the rain on purpose to see what would happen .. all it did was clean the dirt off.. no warpin nothing.. it weighs about 70 lbs but works incredible... I am actually gona build 2 more for the guided PD trips we are doing.
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Old 12-18-2002, 08:57 AM
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Re: Portable shooting/hunting bench

My table is 48" long by 30" wide I used 2" pipe for the legs the top is 30" off the ground. Here is a photo.


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Old 12-18-2002, 09:10 PM
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Littletoes

On my big bench the pipe is 1 1/4" ID and 1 5/8" OD. The pipe that slides in this pipe is 1" ID. On my small bench the pipe is 3/4" ID and about 1" OD and I use 3/4" solid aluminum inaide them. I gave you the pipe diameters on the ID which is the way pipe is measured. We also mount our rifle rests (homemade) right to the bench.
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