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    Built my own Reloading Bench

    After attending Aszerigan’s Intro to Reloading class in September, I decided to get into reloading.

    http://ingunowners.com/forums/profir..._november.html

    Reviews of the class can be found at:
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    My motivation was to reduce costs and to improve accuracy, particularly with .223 rounds. I have a technical background and liked the idea of having more control over how the ammo was produced.

    I also decided to start with a single stage RCBS Rockchucker press. I’ve already priced out a Dillon progressive press, but that will have to wait for now.

    I have a small room in our house that has some gun stuff and other storage. I also occupied a table with my computer. I moved the computer elsewhere and later took the tables out. The space I had was small, so I had to use the space efficiently.

    Picture of corner of the room before the reloading bench




    I started with plans from the ‘ABC’s of Reloading’ book. I made the bench narrower and longer to fit the room. I also didn’t make the shelf unit that sits on the standard bench.




    Since the bench was going to be in the house, I decided to make it a bit nicer looking than if it had been in a basement or garage. Oak veneer plywood, some stain, and satin varnish gave it a nice look.

    I built and finished the bench pieces in the barn and then brought them into the house piece at a time. I also decided to build two hanging storage shelves since storage was lacking in the room. I found a stool at a used furniture store and cut a few inches off the legs to give me the standard 13” between the seat height and working surface.

    Along the way, and due to some feedback from INGO member SlowHand, I built a small section of pegboard.

    Picture of bench parts in the barn



    After hanging the two shelf units and the pegboard, and hanging an overhead light, I assembled the bench. (Mrs. Lovemywoods was a big help!) I bolted the bench into the walls with long lag screws. It doesn’t budge!

    I left space for the Dillon press on the bench. I hope I eventually use it!


    Picture of finished reloading bench



    Close up of finished reloading bench



    I’ve got the bench, the press, the tools, the manual, the bullets, the powder, the brass (lots of brass!). So now it’s up to me to learn how to reload!

    (Special thanks to Aszerigan for his on-going counsel and encouragement! And thanks to bwframe and Doug Barnes for their willingness to have a noob look at their reloading rooms.)
    Last edited by lovemywoods; 10-31-2010 at 07:26.

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    Looks like you did the research, took your time, and did it right. Great looking bench!! Now take the phone off the hook and start reloading...
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    Looks like you'll have a comfortable little workspace. I like the table being finished more than most I've seen. Just because its going to be a work table doesn't mean you can't make it look good. Even in the after pics the first thing I notice is the chinking. I love log and plank cabins/homes.

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    LMW,

    Outstanding job! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your reloading.

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    Very nice! Of course, we expected no less from you, sir!! now, i want to see a pic after the first two thousand rounds and see how it looks then. Probably still cleaner than my bench after a good cleaning.
    This space for rent. I doubt you'll like the rates...

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    Excellent job LMW
    You obviously have a knack for wood working as well (hence your USER NAME I assume).
    I currently have my Lee press mounted to 2 pieces of 3/4" thick 2'x2' plywood and have them clamped to my Radial Arm Saw's table ( I can easily remove them to use my saw at any time ).
    I've been thinking of building a bench for my reloading too.
    You have inspired me ! Looks like a great Winter project.
    Thanks for sharing your work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruger47274 View Post
    Excellent job LMW
    You obviously have a knack for wood working as well (hence your USER NAME I assume).
    I currently have my Lee press mounted to 2 pieces of 3/4" thick 2'x2' plywood and have them clamped to my Radial Arm Saw's table ( I can easily remove them to use my saw at any time ).
    I've been thinking of building a bench for my reloading too.
    You have inspired me ! Looks like a great Winter project.
    Thanks for sharing your work.
    Glad to have offered you a bit of inspiration! Remember to post a couple of pictures of your finished product.

    As to my user name; it comes from me living in a wooded area in Brown County. I really do love living where I do and hence my user name!

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    Very nice. Now the fun begins. Especially your first round. Great job on the bench and you'll want that Dillon before you know it.
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    Typical!

    Looks good Pop!

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    Looking great! Enjoy your new setup!


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