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Old 08-15-2011, 04:34 PM
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Thats a fine bench/room Broz. All you need is a fridge. That dust buster is slick. If I run out of H1000 or 300 hybrids, I'll give ya a call.

Here is mine at my dad's house. As soon as I moved into my own house, he decided he wanted all my gear at his house. He pulled it all out of the garage and moved into the AC. summer load development sucks in AZ in the garage. All the powder, dies, solvents, and brass have a place in the cabinets. My old man is pretty proud of his "red phone". Sorry for the cellphone pic.

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Old 08-17-2011, 08:54 AM
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Here's mine..
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:02 PM
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Re: Post Your Reloading Bench Pictures

Looked through this entire thread and there are benches varying from entire basements dedicated to shooting/reloading and others that seem very portable and easy to close up and put away.

Anyone using an old computer desk/workstation or are these things too fragile/flimsy? I have a desk I used to have a desktop computer on that's just sitting up there and if I can reinforce it or the main desk part to support the force of a press on it, I might use it to get started.

Something like this, but no rolling corners under the desk and I could take the wheels off the bottom. There are no dividers on the bottom shelf and I could put some extra weight down there to stabilize it a bit. Either way, it's the cheap furniture with the cam locks holding it together.


I don't have a basement in my house and with a second child expected in July and a room that's sort of a storage/guest room, I don't have a lot of space for a sprawling bench. I have one rifle I will be reloading for, possibly a few others, but I don't don't need anything massive right now.

Is this worth a shot or should I just junk it and build/buy something else?
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:19 AM
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Looked through this entire thread and there are benches varying from entire basements dedicated to shooting/reloading and others that seem very portable and easy to close up and put away.

Anyone using an old computer desk/workstation or are these things too fragile/flimsy? I have a desk I used to have a desktop computer on that's just sitting up there and if I can reinforce it or the main desk part to support the force of a press on it, I might use it to get started.

Something like this, but no rolling corners under the desk and I could take the wheels off the bottom. There are no dividers on the bottom shelf and I could put some extra weight down there to stabilize it a bit. Either way, it's the cheap furniture with the cam locks holding it together.


I don't have a basement in my house and with a second child expected in July and a room that's sort of a storage/guest room, I don't have a lot of space for a sprawling bench. I have one rifle I will be reloading for, possibly a few others, but I don't don't need anything massive right now.

Is this worth a shot or should I just junk it and build/buy something else?
Since you already have the desk and if you are handy and have some tools, you could do a "conversion" by beefing it up some. Adding a 2x8 the full width under the front edge where the press mounts and 2x8 supports down the sides to the floor will support the downward load created by the press action. There is also torque wanting to pull the press off the bench when you lower the handle, so I would add a piece of 3/4 plywood to the top and screw it into the 2x8 underneath the front edge. Glue and screw a piece of 1/4" plywood to the entire back of the desk and it will lock the entire structure together and make it solid. Cut at least 3 wood supports to go under the bottom shelf and down to the floor to carry the weight you will be adding to the shelf. I used a microwave cart "conversion" for a while back when space was an issue. Most home centers will cut the wood for you. Another option would be to purchase a portable stand for your press and use the desk for powder/bullet storage, scale, powder measure, manuals, etc. Don't let space hold you back! I used and still use, sometimes, a Lyman 310 or Lee hand loader that fit in a small drawer. Make it happen!
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:41 PM
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Since you already have the desk and if you are handy and have some tools, you could do a "conversion" by beefing it up some. Adding a 2x8 the full width under the front edge where the press mounts and 2x8 supports down the sides to the floor will support the downward load created by the press action. There is also torque wanting to pull the press off the bench when you lower the handle, so I would add a piece of 3/4 plywood to the top and screw it into the 2x8 underneath the front edge. Glue and screw a piece of 1/4" plywood to the entire back of the desk and it will lock the entire structure together and make it solid. Cut at least 3 wood supports to go under the bottom shelf and down to the floor to carry the weight you will be adding to the shelf. I used a microwave cart "conversion" for a while back when space was an issue. Most home centers will cut the wood for you. Another option would be to purchase a portable stand for your press and use the desk for powder/bullet storage, scale, powder measure, manuals, etc. Don't let space hold you back! I used and still use, sometimes, a Lyman 310 or Lee hand loader that fit in a small drawer. Make it happen!
I sent you a PM, I'd like to pick up the supplies today and get it done this weekend.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:33 PM
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Re: Post Your Reloading Bench Pictures

Got some work done today...took an old computer desk from a desktop I don't have any more and laid into it:

Before:


After:


2 2x8s, a few screws, bolts, and a sheet of plywood. It's heavier, solid, and almost ready to go. Just need a few 4" screws to go through the outside 2x8s into the ones that reinforce the bench laying horizontally and it will be ready to go. The gap on the left and right sides won't be there when I use clamps to hold the lumber in place and then screw the rest together. Dies will be in on Wednesday. I'm thinking of adding a pair of vertical pieces between the top of the bench and the lower shelf, cannibalizing the hardware from the sliding keyboard shelf and building a small drawer to the left of the press.

Should be enough room to load a caliber or two and store my limited amount of stuff. I'm pumped to get started.

Leadlober, thanks for your help.
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:45 AM
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Re: Post Your Reloading Bench Pictures

jtkratzer: Looks like you'll have a solid set-up. I would add supports under the bottom shelf so it doesn't sag when you store all your supplies or "ballast." Patio stone pavers, bags of sand or gravel can work in a pinch to add weight. I stored several hundred lbs. of lead for bullet casting under mine. Enjoy your new bench!Leadlober
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