Sheese, yur describing a palace not a reloading room.;)
Not hardly. Just a place for me and the dog to escape to.;)
I found life got better when things were arranged so I could work off of a stool instead of a chair. BillR made a similar comment.
I have tried both ways and find that most of the time I prefer sitting down to do my reloading although I also plan on putting a plate in the raised section so I could also mount a press there for standing up. I like to have my cake and eat it too.
The only problem is when your stool gets loose
I will see to it that my mechanical stool stays tight and I leave the other up to my doctor.;);)
Both, there are advantages to having quick access to tools and components that are in regular use. Get vinyl or cloth dust covers for the presses, powder measures etc. permantly out. You will also need a fairly decent amount of storage space in closets. A place for everything and everything in its place is really a good objective. That means assigning locations for each type of reloading or gun-gear placed into the shelves. Also nice to have both lockable and unlocked shelving, some stuff is best kept locked up.
I've already "charmed" my wife into making any covers I might need. I should have all of the closet storage space I need......I hope.
Some of the doors and drawers will be lockable for sure.
I do both, some of gear is laying on shelves behind cabinet doors, some is mounted on tables or benchtop. Suggest you consider the RCBS aluminum multi-purpose tray type bases that will accept all of their presses and other stands. They are great, have pre-threaded holes and appropriate bolts in the kit. I use several, they are very usefull.
I'm drawing it all up with AutoCad and am making all of the scales, trimmers, etc. etc. drawn to scale and I'm moving them around to see if they will work if left out or if they need to be put away. I'll probably be able to do either but initial plan is to have everything put away when not needed.
Heaviest 5 or 6 inch vice you can get your hands on, with padded jaws, either felt, leather or special rubber from Brownells - absolutely essential for working on guns
Roy made excellent suggestion re cleaning rods. I have custom made aluminum tube holders for mine, they are great.
See earlier comments in replies above.
I keep my chemicals in a separate area in enclosed metal cabinets on shelves. Like to keep them organized so I know when I need more solvent or whatever.
The plan is to have all chemicals at the extreme opposite end from where the reloading will take place and to have them in a secured cabinet.
Segregate your presses from your scales and measures. Totally separate tables or benches. Then no movement on scales from the action of the press. Combine overhead and bench lighting, good lighting is essential.
Scales, will be used on a separate area from where the press will be located. The press mounting area will not be tied into the other countertop.
It'll be lit up in a way suitable to allowing old eyes to see no matter what.
Now here is the important part. When you build this room, cut all the pieces for the cabinets etc. and DO NOT ASSEMBLE THEM. When you and your autocad program have everything cut and fitted, load it all into a large van. I will give you YAHOO directions to my house. You can spend a week or two installing it. I will be out at the range, to stay out of your way. Then when its done, I could ride back with you and you could teach me how to shoot those hand-cannons you like so much. Now not too many people would be kind enough to make this offer, but what the heck. This way you can make a few boo-boos and correct them when you go back and do your room!! Oh, yes. When you are up here installing the pre-fabbed reloading/gun room maybe if you want a break you could crank-off a couple of chapters on the book I am working on while I am out there slaving away shooting steel etc. In return I will show you how to work a five-inch bench vise. I have just about got it figured out. Don't get as many blood-blisters each time I use that big sucker as I used to. Righty tighty, lefty loosey. Right!
I will tell you what I am going to do. If I can work it into my schedule, and if it looks like I am going to have a whole room of cabinets etc. to spare, then I will take you up on your very generous offer.;);)
It would seem only fair that I should do every thing in my power to help you get some more range time. And..........the offer of help with the 5" vise almost brought a tear to my eye. You have no idea how long I have been looking for just that exact kind of help.
I will let you know how my schedule and supply of spare cabinets works out.
I guess what I’m asking is for you to suggest based on what you would do if you had a custom cabinet shop at your disposal and the construction and installation wasn’t going to cost you anything.
Ideas or suggestions anyone?
Start by allowing the the wife to pick out a new set of kitchen cabinets and use your old ones for your project. This worked wonders for me. The old breakfast bar is behind me if I'm at the reloading bench with the rifle I'm loading for right there! My widest cabinet is directly over the reloading bench, (which was fabricated from 2x 3/4 plywood) holding powders and bullets. A small flouresent light under the cabinet lighting my press/scale area. There is a double tube flouresent over the rifle rest/vise area (brkfst bar). Cleaning rods hung on end of old brkfst bar. Brkfts bar is great as it has the three drawers for other stuff right at finger tips (pathches, brochures, scope covers, you know.. gunning stuff. Under the over hang side is my my range bag tucked out of the way w/ another stool for 'quests'. Under the brkfst bar (door area) is my shotgun reloading stuff w/the MEC on the end of the overhang.
Shelving to the right and left of cabinets. Reloading manuals stored in another cabinet directly left of bullet/powder cabinet. A piece of the old counter top and cabinetry is next to the reloding bench for 'stuff' (range box, brass in working, you know... gunnin' stuff! underneath is all my scope/bino/press etc. boxes
I am very happy w/this layout and it did wonders for my marriage!!