Ideas for a Reloading Bench

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by blackco, May 21, 2007.

  1. blackco

    blackco Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    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.
  2. oso

    oso Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2005
    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?

  3. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Writers Guild

    Jun 12, 2001
  4. Roll-Yur-Own

    Roll-Yur-Own Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    I bought a kit from cabelas. It give you the braces. All you do is cut the lumber and screw it together.
  5. Big_Tex22

    Big_Tex22 Active Member

    Aug 26, 2005
    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.
  6. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004

    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
  7. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004

    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).

    Good luck on your project /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
  8. VSSF

    VSSF Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2003
    Here's mine,Got it from Depot and Laminated the top to match the safe.It's a Stack-on,but sears sells some of the same things.Works great for all my stuff.
  9. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    When I put together my latest loading room (just build a house and I dedicated a large closet for my loading /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif) I made sure to have three sepperate things: One totaly solid and sepparate small bench that will hold my electronic scale so as to keep vibrations down; a solid press block for the resizing process; A series of shelves to keep my loading information close and handy.
  10. BigDaddy0381

    BigDaddy0381 Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2007
  11. rotorhead

    rotorhead Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    or you could loose your mind completely and build a behemith of a bench. I kind of went overboard because of a shaking reload bench a few years ago, got out my welder,paint gun and wood finishing materials and tools and 3 weeks later I had this group of benches one thing is for sure I will never have to build another bench again these all come apart so they can be moved

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