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Old 05-21-2007, 01:58 PM
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Ideas for a Reloading Bench

We recently bought a house that has LOTS of room. I can now have my own reloading room (out in the shop) and I am looking for ideas on a reloading bench. In the past I just used an old military type desk and bolted my press to the top. The problem with that was it was also also my cleaning, planning, fly tying, etc. desk so the presses and powder throwers got in the way. I did a search of LRH and was unable to find anything.

I want to build a dedicated bench for reloading and am looking for ideas on layout, design, materials etc. Any lessons learned or ideas that anyone might have would be gretly appreciated.

Thanks in advance to any inputs given, with this group of people I am sure I will get all the advise I need.
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Old 05-21-2007, 04:10 PM
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Re: Ideas for a Reloading Bench

I am not sure of the question? Are just asking about reloading bench? Or are you asking about building one bench to do multiple things on?
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:32 PM
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:39 AM
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Re: Ideas for a Reloading Bench

I bought a kit from cabelas. It give you the braces. All you do is cut the lumber and screw it together.
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:02 AM
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Re: Ideas for a Reloading Bench

Don't have any pictures but I used an old door that was solid wood about 2 1/2 inches thick. Got it from the church someone broke in and tore it up a little, got new doors and I got a new bench.

Got a 2x4 kit from home depot (the braces are a little more solid than if I'd of just nailed it together!) and built the bench with the door as the table top. Left the top hanging out about 8 inches so you can clamp stuff down, bolt your press down and what not. Used a peg board back so you can hang all the little tools, shell holders, etc and get to them easy. Put a few shelves on for dies, powder, primers, reloading manuals, etc.

I think however you want it is best for you. I never really planned to much on mine, I wanted it big enough to spread stuff out and not be crammed tight and unorganized. Other than that just went to building and I love it to death, wouldn't have it any other way. Make sure your bench is solid because your press of course puts the wood under some stress when you crank down on big brass.

I'm not a big time shooter but I love loading and my bench is my most favorite piece of furniture!! Beats the desk at work anyway.
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:25 PM
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Re: Ideas for a Reloading Bench


The fifth edition Nosler reloading guide has several
pictures of reloading benches starting on page 25
that may help with some ideas.

I like my press on the extreme right with all other
equiptment in the order of use starting from the left
with room in between each for loading blocks and other

Some equiptment can be removed for more room when
needed (Like sorting brass).

All powder is stored and only the one being used is
on the bench this also includes primers.

I hope this helps
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:15 AM
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I would recomend making the bench standard desk height
so you can use a comfortable office type chair instead
of a stool.

Also you can buy prefabed kitchen cabinets for top storage
and install your lighting under them.leave about 16 to 20"
of space between cabinets and bench top for workspace.

If you cant find a heavy bench (dont go lite) build it your
self . Use 4x4,s for legs,2x4,s for bench frame and braces
and 3/4" plywood minimum for top of bench.

Leave the bench open underneath for heavy stuff(ammo cans,
brass,lead shot, Etc).

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