Reloading bench

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Re: Reloading bench

Post by JimTom » 20 Jan 2019, 7:51 am

Next bit.
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by JimTom » 20 Jan 2019, 7:55 am

Got this far yesterday. Just need to finish storage shelf, chuck some filler in screw holes and to cover the othe imperfections, then hopefully a few coats of clear this arvo. Mount my press etc tomorrow and then it’ll be done.
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by Blr243 » 20 Jan 2019, 8:13 am

Perhaps you only have enough equipment to half fill those shelves ? Regardless of what your family says I give you permission to spend whatever you like to fill it up completely. ( all the extra weight will make it very stable and we all know how important that is for making accurate reloads )
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by JimTom » 20 Jan 2019, 8:40 am

:D :lol:
Yeah mate there is a bit of storage space but I’d rather have to much then not enough.
Will do my best to fill it.
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by JimTom » 20 Jan 2019, 8:42 am

By the time I chuck all my cleaning gear in there as well as tools and other kit, I’d say it will be fairly full.
Was thinking of making one or two compartments lockable to store powder and loaded ammunition.
What do you blokes reckon?
Any suggestions?
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by Stix » 20 Jan 2019, 8:47 am

Hey Jimtom...

Wait until its filled Jimtom...& you get some sticky cases to size...
And everything on the top shelf ends up on the floor... :lol:

(Yes its obviously happened to me... :roll: )

And don't worry if you cant fill it...not too far in the future you'll be needing an extension... ... ...
... ... TO THE HOUSE... :lol:

Good work mate...looks great...!!! :clap: :thumbsup:

Leave the screw holes...just colour the screw heads black & tell people you pre-drilled them at the range with well placed shots... :thumbsup:
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by JimTom » 20 Jan 2019, 8:54 am

Do you think the hutch on the back is to high / big?
I can see your point mate with stuff maybe falling off top shelf but would have to give it a fair old nudge.
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by Stix » 20 Jan 2019, 8:56 am

Lockable sectiins sound like a great idea mate... :thumbsup:
But if you intend on buying more rifles, (im not sure what you own & how much you shoot), & have space next to the bench, lockable sections might be unnecessary because honestly you will fill that matchbox in no time...!!

Im in that boat & am keeping my eyes out for a seperate lockable cabinet to hang next to it.

If you dont have the space, might be a good idea... :thumbsup:
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by JimTom » 20 Jan 2019, 9:01 am

At present I just have a lockable steel box that I intend to secure to the bottom shelf, that will serve as my ammo locker in the interim.
I would have liked to make the bench bigger however I am very space limited unfortunately.
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by Stix » 20 Jan 2019, 9:04 am

JimTom wrote:Do you think the hutch on the back is to high / big?
I can see your point mate with stuff maybe falling off top shelf but would have to give it a fair old nudge.


Jim my bench is similar size to yours... except im a carpenter & built mine with framing timber, 40mm thick benchtop & 100x100 posts & all screws are 100mm 14 gauge....& it still moves... :shock:

The idea will be to fix the shelf unit seperately to the wall, or at least a fixing or 2 into the wall for a little lateral support. :thumbsup:
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by JimTom » 20 Jan 2019, 12:00 pm

Thanks for that mate, yes I am definitely no cabinet maker or chippy.

This is the end product after a few coats of clear.
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by Ziad » 20 Jan 2019, 12:08 pm

Darn looks nice... but the question is will the bench top hold the your weight when you pump up the press.

I got what looked like a timber table.... but it had chipboard bench top..... so after a fair bit of reinforcement it worked for now... but I know its going to break soon. I need more ammo and powder storage though......

and been thinking of the house extension idea...... except it cost will be about the same as building a new bigger house... lol
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by JimTom » 20 Jan 2019, 12:13 pm

I have the space underneath my press reinforced mate so should do the trick.
Considering I was using a bedside table with my press mounted on it, this is a bit of a step up I’d say.
Mind you the bedside table idea seemed to work fine.
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by JimTom » 20 Jan 2019, 12:57 pm

This was my old bench so I think anything is a step up from here. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by Stix » 20 Jan 2019, 1:23 pm

That looks bloody nice mate... :thumbsup:

Excellent job Jimtom...!!!

You can be my apprentice anyday :thumbsup:

but all your brass will fall through the gaps in the bottom shelf... :lol: :sarcasm:
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by JimTom » 20 Jan 2019, 1:43 pm

Stix wrote:That looks bloody nice mate... :thumbsup:

Excellent job Jimtom...!!!

You can be my apprentice anyday :thumbsup:

but all your brass will fall through the gaps in the bottom shelf... :lol: :sarcasm:



Haha deal. It’s a little rough up close in a few spots nevertheless not to bad for a hacker like me. :lol: :lol: :drinks:
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by JimTom » 20 Jan 2019, 5:10 pm

You were right Stix. Pigeon holes all full. Filled easily.
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Re: Reloading bench

Post by Gaznazdiak » 20 Jan 2019, 5:22 pm

Top work JimTom, well done mate. :thumbsup:
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