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Old October 31, 2000, 10:46 AM   #1
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Shortly I will begin reloading. I am looking for plans to a reloader's workbench. I could use a standard workbench plan but my guess is it would be short on cabinets, drawers, etc.

Anyone out there know of plans to a reloader's workbench.

Many thanks in advance

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Old October 31, 2000, 11:06 AM   #2
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Waitone, try the following site. This guy, I believe he posts here under the name SKR, has one heck of an in-depth site on reloading. Toward the bottom of the page, he has plans for a reloading bench. Give it a look and see what you think.

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Old October 31, 2000, 11:33 AM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by DAL:
Waitone, try the following site. This guy, I believe he posts here under the name SKR, has one heck of an in depth site on reloading. Toward the bottom of the page, he has plans for a reloading bench. Give it a look and see what you think.



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Old October 31, 2000, 01:19 PM   #4
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Try for a set of plans.

I bought the $99 Gorilla GR1901 workbench, put a 3/4" plywood sheet on top the bench's particle board top and bolted them both down. Works well despite my concerns about the keyhole style connectors holding everything together.
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Old October 31, 2000, 09:49 PM   #5
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I bought the plans from NRMA and built the bench late last year. It is outstanding, the final product is very stout and heavy. I thought I would have to bolt it to the garage wall to give it stability. Not necessary, it is rock solid without any extra bolts. I built it to the height in the plans since I like to decap and resize standing up. I'm about 6'2" so it works for me. People of shorter stature would probably cut down the leg size appropriately. Recommended.
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Old November 1, 2000, 10:33 AM   #6
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If you have a Costco near you thay have a great hardwood bench 6' long with shelves and cabnets and drawers for under $200 and it is very sturdy. All hardwood construction.
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Old November 2, 2000, 06:47 PM   #7
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For a cheap alternative to any planned things ... I got ahold of a solid core door, screwed a 2X4 to its bottom back which is lagged into wall studs. Two "feet" = 4X4s up front finish it off.

"Luckily," an old chest of drawers we had lying around provides all the drawers I need & slips right under the whole deal. As the top of the chest is about 10" lower than the bottom of the bench, I get another layer of storage.

An old water bed headboard up against the wall gives more storage space up above & as an added benny, I get to watch myself reload in the mirror.

Not much to look at (me or the set-up ) but cost about $10 all told, is sturdy as a rock & purely functional.
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Old November 3, 2000, 03:17 PM   #8
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Go to GlockTalk and ask. A couple of good bench plans there. You can get scrap wood from contruction sites if you ask the foreman and for the price of some wood nails, you can have a nice 3' x 7 or 2' x 8' bench for less than $10.

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Old November 3, 2000, 03:52 PM   #9
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In Dillon's Blue Press, they have a neat-looking bench kit that looks sturdy and has a backboard with shelves, etc. Looks good. Anyone have any experience with their benches?
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Old November 5, 2000, 10:24 PM   #10
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I bought a bolt together bench made of 2x6's at grossmans bargain outlet for 29.99 and lag bolted it to my cellar wall. I use an old desk for storage of tools and supplies.
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Old November 6, 2000, 02:44 PM   #11
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I bought the "Sturdy Bench" listed in the Dillon Catalog and have excellent experience with it. Since I'm in a wheelchair I like the sliding lower work place and the versitility of the design.
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Old November 6, 2000, 09:03 PM   #12
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made my own, but i own the lumber yard: 3/4" top, measures 36" x 96". double 2x4 legs, cut to my tastes. wouldn't cost much, if you wanted to by the material....can e-mail a better parts list, but not right now...

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Old November 7, 2000, 01:06 PM   #13
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I use an old library table I acquired many years ago. It's strong enough to hold an elephant, and has nifty drawers under the top. I used lag screws on the press though, because machine bolts through the table would interfere with the drawers, and I didn't feel like lying on my back to counter sink the ends.
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Old December 7, 2000, 09:50 AM   #14
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My dad was a woodworker and did furniture, etc. When I got into reloading about 15 years ago, I asked him to build me a bench. He called me over a few weeks later and showed me a masterpiece made out of solid ash top about 1 1/2" thick, biscuit joined like butcher block. Solid oak legs. Marine Grade plywood bottom shelf and a couple of small drawers. It was about 51/2 feet long and 30" deep. Ash is baseball bat's d**n hard and heavy. I told him before he made it not to go to too much trouble...When I saw it I said,"What a masterpiece". It's heirloom quality and I think of him every time I'm at it... A lucky son...
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Old December 7, 2000, 12:05 PM   #15
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A local liquidator company bought the contents of a large electronics manufacturing plant. I bought an electronics tech desk (blue painted steel, white formica top) for $65. It has a 5' wide, 3' deep, 2" thick wooden top (with the aforementioned formica covering), adjustable steel legs, a footrest, a 10 outlet industrial power strip across the back, a 5' wide, 1' deep shelf, a 5' long double row florescent light, and a 5' accessory rail specifically built for--get this--Acro-Bins! I recently priced out my desk from a supply house...the desk would have cost over $1000 brand new and equipped the same. I'm so happy with this desk...and I've been able to help a few friend get some too.
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Old December 7, 2000, 08:40 PM   #16
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Lots of great replies here. I picked up a 6 foot length work bench kit with lower shelf from Home Depot for $49.95. I looked other alternatives over before purchasing it and by the time I bought the lumber, cut it to size, and bought the requisite hardware, the kit was a better deal.
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