Joined: Dec 13, 2006 Posts: 67 Location: Baraboo, WI
Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:23 am Post subject: Has anyone bought a reloading bench?
The more I have looked into it, I feel that building my own would make everything perfect bench wise; it's just I really don't have the room to facilitate the endeavor.
I was curious as if anyone has purchased a bench. I am planning on mounting a Hornady 007, Dillon RL550, and a Mec 600 jr on it.
I don't plan on mounting all three presses at once but plan to mount them to a board to change them out promptly.
I stopped down at sears because they had a deal going on but with such a light metal bench and no way to bolt it to the wall (I hate stuck cases) I opted away from them.
I googled for a bench and didn't find anything with very positive feedback.
If anyone has any ideas, let me know please.
12/30/08-7:15 PM CST
I apologize I did not realize that I had placed press in the place of bench in the topic header. Brain flatulance at a high level I guess. Sorry for any misunderstanding.
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Joined: Nov 20, 2006 Posts: 348 Location: Cen.Iowa, by way of SWIowa
Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:10 am Post subject: Re: Has anyone bought a reloading press?
Ya; should have asked me about this when I talked to you last!!!!
I bought a work bench from Menards made by Waterloo. It has a very HARD and HEAVY inch think particle top I think they call it Melamine? I bolted on a 1 by 10 and stuck it out about a foot and bolted on a 007 and a PRO2000 and have not had many problems except when I forgot to lube a case or two, HA HA HA!!!! I have it filled with a bunch of stuff though so that may have had something to do with it. It has two drawers and a shelf with open space underneath. I think I paid about $200US or less about 8 or 9 years ago.
But I thought you were looking for "press" information? HHHHHAAAAA!!!!!
I just made my own bench. 2' deep x 4' wide. 36" high (I'd recommend going a couple more inches). Frame is made from 2x4s braced with 0.25" plywood that also serves to contain all the junk. The top is 0.75" plywood with a 2x6 run from front to back under the presses to help brace them. The shelves are 1x10 boards. Everything is screwed together. I think the only part I actually bought for the prokect was the top, the rest was laying around. There is a picture of it in the thread I posted above.
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Joined: Feb 18, 2006 Posts: 2808 Location: South-Eastern Washington - the State
Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:51 pm Post subject: Re: Has anyone bought a reloading press?
I built three single press benches that are portable.
Here is what they look like when finished (attachment)
I can email dimensioned drawings for anyone who wants to build one.
The seat is built on and they are stable enough to form cases without moving. They are NOT attached to the wall and can be disassembled to move when you change addresses.
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Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:39 pm Post subject: Re: Has anyone bought a reloading press?
I purchsaed a tall plastic storage dresser at walmarts for 25 bucks.It has 7 different size drawers and wheels for easy rolling.I keep a lot of my reloadeing stuff in it and it takes up little room.A good idea when you live in a trailer.
Joined: Apr 16, 2007 Posts: 334 Location: Central Ohio
Posted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:48 pm Post subject: Re: Has anyone bought a reloading press?
I got a metal table with drawers, etc. from Harbor Frieight or maybe it was Northern Tools years ago. I used concrete screws to screw it onto the concrete floor in the basement and it provides a very stable work bench.
The top of the table was made out of compressed wood and eventually broke under the strain of using my press for some tough job. I cut a new table top out of a couple of pieces of 1 inch plywood I glued and screwed together and now nothing will break it.
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