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 Post subject: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:20 pm 
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I am in the process of trying to design a new reloading bench. I have to chance to get a set of old kitchen cabinets from friends of ours doing a remodel job. question is has anyone here ever used kitchen cabinets for this application. or would I be better off to build and design my own from 2X4's and plywood. While i am on the subject what is the best way to set up a bench for ease of use. also if you have pics of your benches and can post them here I would love to see them. I am going to try to incorporate some of the design features I have seen on other benches in to my so all pics would be great help.



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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:35 pm 
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My reloading and gun maintenance bench consists of two surplus kitchen cabinets set about 3 feet apart. Then I put a piece of formica covered countertop (about 6 feet long, from Lowe's) across the two cabinets and secured it all with screws. It was cheap and has served well for several years. I use space in the cabinets for storing dies, wads, bullets, etc.

The work surface sits about 36 inches off the floor, so I sit on a bar stool when I use the bench.


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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:08 pm 
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I used a couple of kitchen cabinets I got at a garage sale for $20. The most expensive part was the top, I bought a pre-made one from Lowes for $50. I was going to make two end pieces with a open middle but when I set my reloader on it, there is no need because the pull of the handle you have to sit back away from the edge.

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I have to finish the chute for the shells to fall into the bucket below. I only lack drilling the hole and attaching the hose. Notice the drawer to the right is full of wads, I just get a wad out and place it in the arm.

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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:10 pm 
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Here is mine:

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I can work quite comfortably here.

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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 4:44 am 
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Jim that is a nice reloading area :D , Joe that was my first idea a setup like you described. monkey I like the looks of that setup seems very functional and since I don't have a lot of room that may work for me.

Anyone else with any Ideas and keep the pics coming. I think it is interesting to see how other folks have there benches made and set up.

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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 6:57 am 
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Cabinet and counter top from Home Depot. Primers drop into yellow bucket, shells slide down plastic hose into dish tray. Plastic trays under each loader catch about 99% of any spill.
It's my old office so it's well lite with good heat and AC. It's very comfortable.
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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:10 am 
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Jim's bench is the talk of reloading folklore on many reloading forums.

Just an amazing setup!

Nice looking benches all around guys. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:03 am 
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Oh goody a chance to post some reloading porn!

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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:59 am 
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I need a basement....... :roll: :mrgreen: :x

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A basement would be nice except if you go 3 ft down here in south La. you hit water. A sump pump here would run 24-7-365 here at my farm.


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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 6:06 pm 
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I used to think my bench was nice, but now I am just ashamed to show anyone. Building a house next year, and you can bet I am incorporating Jim's design. Wow. Heck of a man cave!


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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:48 pm 
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It was great starting with a blank canvas. I am having another handgun reloader bench made and then I think I will be done.

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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:41 am 
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Damn, I need to upgrade!

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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:25 am 
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I see most of you guys have a tray under your press what is the purpose for the tray?

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Redwolf wrote:
what is the purpose for the tray?


The tray is to contain the shot and powder spills that will occur. Makes it easier to clean up.

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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:03 am 
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To those of you who have posted pics, I and in awe. The organization is art and the cleanliness is holy. I do not possess those attributes.


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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:27 pm 
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Jim's reloading "room" irritates me! I don't like it at all!! Why? Because I'm JEALOUS and green with envy!! :mrgreen: :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:37 pm 
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a buddy of mine has a round kitchen table that he clamps his mec onto to reload. he chases that thing all around the kitchen!
a kitchen table is about 30 inches high. too low to stand and reload and bad ergonomics for operating a progressive press seated. plus it's unstable.
a kitchen countertop is 36 inches high and, by design, is mounted to the cabinets which are mounted to the wall. it's solid and it provides a good working height either standing or on a bar stool. i like.
my bench is 42 inches high. i primarily load on dillons and this provides a better working height for me.
i think you should go for the cabinets. they'll make a great bench! good luck with it


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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:09 pm 
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Those are some really good pictures gentlemen. I can see some terrific ideas in amongst that lot but I have to comment on Jim Miller's reloading room.......If only I had adequate words. With a reloading/ gun room like that Jim, you should definitely run for President.
Jim Miller, you've got my vote for president, & for the best dam gun room I believe I'm ever likely to see this side of the pearly gates.


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 Post subject: Re: Your reloading bench
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:39 pm 
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Aw, shucks. :oops:



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