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Old 04-25-2009, 06:19 PM
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Does anyone have plans/designs on a reloading bench? Thanks Gunny
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Old 04-25-2009, 06:21 PM
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For an inexpensive and flexible way to go, it's sort of hard to beat the workbench kits at Lowe's and Sears. I got one Sears with the steel top (on sale, they're half price) and a Lowe's fiberboard top (if you want more stiffness, get a nice piece of wood or laminate and use that instead...it screws right on). And they come with pegboard backs with a light to boot for much less than $100.

For really cheap, Lowe's and Home Depot have braces that are designed to hold 2X4's together to make a bench. With those you can quickly build a square frame from less than either of the above.
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Old 04-25-2009, 06:51 PM
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Unless space is a problem. A good bench is as important as the press you choose. Especially if you have a progressive press. My advice is don't cut corners. You will regret it. Do a search. This has been discussed many times. A search will get you some great advice. Also the NRA has had some great articles on benches. In fact I used one of their plans to build my benches. Good luck.
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:34 PM
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Figuring the materials and time involved to build, you may be ahead purchasing a ready built unit. Here's some that are on the market....

Sam's Club.... $198




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Old 04-25-2009, 07:55 PM
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I'm severely space-limited in terms of having a permanent place for my stuff, so a dedicated reloading bench was not in the cards. The "bench" below is simply a steel B&D Workmate with a supplementary table top I made by covering with a double thinkness of 3/4" particle board with aluminum sheet, and edging it with a two-inch strip.

The 550B is bolted to a seperate 1" thick piece of plywood. The whole works is clamped together by three large C-clamps. The whole thing takes about 10 minutes to set-up and go. A side folding utility table from HD serves to hold the extra stuff associated with the reloading process. Total investment, not including the workmate was about $50, most of which went for the utility folding table.

Optimum set up. No, no even close. Its been good enough however for seveal thousand rounds so far, with no sign of breaking down.



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Old 04-25-2009, 09:13 PM
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Look at "americanworkbench.com" . I've been dealing with John there and my bench is being delivered mid May.
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:06 PM
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A good bench is as important as the press you choose.
I actually use the benches I recommended. Without belabouring the point, the benchtop needs to be strong and level and that's about it. I like the pegboard back (about 3'tall) with a lamp shelf for hanging extra stuff (I also use these benches for gun repair). They aren't expensive by anyone's standards but if they work for my Lee stuff, they'll work for anything (Lee depends heavily on level surface to function reliably).

This is actually what I use (two of them):

I also have one of these (steel top) for cleaning and storage (dirt work/Sears):

I bought them all on sale and paid about $100 each for the top ones and I got a display model of the Sears unit locally at the store for believe it or not, $49 (you can really steel 'em when they have a dent...)
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:10 PM
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Here is my reloading set-up!! The bench is a Sears Craftsman and it has worked out very well!!

Sorry, I hit submit instead of preview!!! Mods, please delete this post if you like!!
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:11 PM
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Here is my reloading set-up!! The bench is a Sears Craftsman and it has worked out very well!!
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:25 AM
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Does anyone have plans/designs on a reloading bench? Thanks Gunny
Gunny go to loaddata.com and check out the bench on there in the article section. It looks, works great, and is ideal for cramped space.
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:03 PM
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Watch for the Sears sales during the various holidays, Memorial day is coming up for example. I got this couple on a clearance sale as discontinued models.


Here it is while reloading. I have my press mount to 2x4 so I can unbolted it from the work bench and use it for other projects.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:41 PM
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Here is mine, I assembled it from a 2x4 basics kit. Plenty sturdy and lots of storage on the lower shelves.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:18 AM
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Re: Loading bench plans

I like the looks of those suggested already, but if you really want to build something. I have the plans for this bench:



When I stared to reload eons ago, The National Reloading Manufacturers Association published a brochure entitled "Set Yourself Up to Reload" that had the plans/parts list/assembly instructions for this bench. As I said, I still have my copy of it. If you're interested, let know and I'll make a copy for you.
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Old 05-02-2009, 01:34 AM
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my "beginners" bench

I made myself a bench yesterday. Costed me about 30 bucks. I'm just getting started so it's all I need for my few reloading components and press.

It ain't pretty, but it's better than mounting it to a window seal like I was thinking about doing.

I took the two 2x4s off the bottom and added a sheet of plywood in their place today.




I thought about getting one of those expensive benches posted above, but I read a ton of bad reviews from people that had them. No way I would spend over 200 bucks on something that MIGHT be a good idea.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:44 AM
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I made my own bench as well but lag bolted it to the wall so it would not shake.

How is it you guys are getting away with out bolting it to the wall?

I like that Sams club bench and may go check it out but I would imagine that with each pull of the press the bench would move around.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:46 AM
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Mine just doesn't shake at all. I put some plywood on the bottom and removed those two 2x4s so that made it a bit more stable.

The only way it should shake is if the legs are uneven or it doesn't have enough support.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:54 AM
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Mine just doesn't shake at all. I put some plywood on the bottom and removed those two 2x4s so that made it a bit more stable.

The only way it should shake is if the legs are uneven or it doesn't have enough support.
Costco has a stainless bench that is only about $130 so I may check it out. It makes sense that if the feet arent level it will shake but being made of wood and not having adjustments that is my issue so I bolted it to the wall. I cant control the surface of the garage either so this is part of the issue.
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:05 AM
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Make sure you search the bench online first. I was also about to buy a bench, but did some searching and noticed almost all of them had a lot of different problems that a bench that price shouldn't have.
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:27 AM
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Got this one at Harbor Freight for under $150 ...



Measures 60 long x 20 wide x 34 high inches. Works real nice
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