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Old October 31, 2011, 02:11 PM   #426
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Catcow ....

... I like your combination of wood frame construction along with Rembrandt's aluminum t-slot stuff.
How about a few details -- I'm assuming the top is wood screwed down to the supports.
All screw construction - any nailing ?

And I do like the tube for the spent primers.

Are the 2x4s used for the top raw or did you run them through a planer ?

I'd been thinking of gluing a couple of 5/8 sheets of playwood together for a top, but I suspect that would not work very well with a router to install channels for the aluminum t-slots.
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Old October 31, 2011, 03:07 PM   #427
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Two sheets of 3/4" plywood, glued and screwed would work great with the under bench receiver system.

Also be careful about making a bench overly light unless it is attached to the floor or wall.

A bench that "walks" or rolls around when in use is the pits!

Keep em coming!

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Old October 31, 2011, 07:22 PM   #428
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Old October 31, 2011, 08:02 PM   #429
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Here's mine. It's super portable so I can do mundane brass prep downstairs in front of the TV, reload on the kitchen table, in the spare room, in the camper, etc.

I keep all of my gear in a closet in the spare room, then fill a plastic milk crate with what I need for any individual loading session and bring it, and this mini-bench with me to where I intend to reload.

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Old November 2, 2011, 09:30 AM   #430
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How about a few details -- I'm assuming the top is wood screwed down to the supports. All screw construction - any nailing
2.5" deck screws throughout, except for the thinner shelves which have 1.25" screws. And Gorilla Glue to hold the rails in. Got a few wide spots to fill in with wood glue where the router hit knots and tried to get away from me

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Are the 2x4s used for the top raw or did you run them through a planer ?
A cut up old 2x12 from a decking project actually, although I had enough 2x4's to use them too, I figured the wider wood would give me a better platform without having to top it with plywood. After it was put together I hit the top and edges with a belt sander too smooth things out, but not by much.

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I'd been thinking of gluing a couple of 5/8 sheets of playwood together for a top, but I suspect that would not work very well with a router to install channels for the aluminum t-slots.
I had the same thought about putting plywood on top of 2x4's. I guess it would work, but it would take some careful planning. I imagine it would work OK as long as the combined layers are thick enough and well bonded, but I'm not that good at woodworking.
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Old November 11, 2011, 03:07 PM   #431
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Hey looking to build a setup similar to Rembrandt’s but instead of the t-slot stuff what do you guys think of track below?

SuperStrut @ Lowes

SuperStrut Retention Nut @ Lowes

and do you think a boat seat pedestal would work for a Lee Single Stage Press riser?

13" Pedestal
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Old November 11, 2011, 04:29 PM   #432
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Don't know about the stut but the pedestal should work fine, especially if you use a separate piece of metal or wood for the base between the press and pedestal.
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Old November 13, 2011, 09:05 PM   #433
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my new bench

Here's mine.

Just installed T-track system and love it

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Old November 13, 2011, 09:09 PM   #434
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Old November 13, 2011, 11:59 PM   #435
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I am pretty low on money right now and dont have a garage and was wondering if this can be used for a reloading bench.

http://evansville.craigslist.org/fuo/2699270394.html

Its pretty cheap and has storage places. I am using the RL 550b Dillon
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Old March 7, 2012, 06:52 AM   #436
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new bench setup

I've been using some space in the garage on a work bench for a while, but just finished setting up this space in a closet in a spare bedroom. It's easy to close things up and get them out of sight if the room needs to be used and I don't have to keep setting up and breaking down the gear when I need space for other projects in the garage.

It isn't a big space, but it works for my low volume needs.

I know this is an old post, but seems appropriate to just add these pictures here.

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Old March 7, 2012, 12:37 PM   #437
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Great Idea LakeCruiser!

I did almost the identical thing when I finished a basement in our last home.

The difference, I planned it that way and didn't need to retro fit a closet.

So, that is a good plan to go with. Bigger is better if possible, as it does allow for more of the bench surface to be usable/reachable.

Then just forget all the grooves in the bench top and everything else and just use the under bench receiver system for mounting as many loading tools as you could possibly want or buy.

I just checked and you can Google, "under bench receiver system" and it is still on the net on at least one forum, plus references to it o others.

Images are posted of my bench/system on the Cast Boolits Forum.

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Old March 7, 2012, 01:56 PM   #438
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Crusty - I know what you mean about more bench top space is better. I'm thinking about using a little stand (like a workmate bench) to put that little Challenger press on and get it out of the closet to make some more space in there. If I do that, I'd make that little workmate style bench small and portable enough fold up and hide in the closet when necessary.

We'll see what I come up with.
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Old March 7, 2012, 02:27 PM   #439
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Lakecruiser,

If you can't find the links to the images of the under bench system, send me a PM with your "E" address and I can forward the images to you.

If you go that way, you won't need the extra bench.

One problem with small tables or benchs is they can "walk" if any loading or forming is done which requires any amount of effort.

Have a great day,

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Old March 8, 2012, 09:58 AM   #440
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Old March 8, 2012, 01:58 PM   #441
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Simple. But it meets my needs. I still need to fasten the bench to the wall.
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Old March 10, 2012, 08:12 AM   #442
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The old bench



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Old March 10, 2012, 10:49 AM   #443
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skyflyer,

Sorry you have been sick and hope ya get well soon !

Clearly there is something wrong with some one having a loading bench so clean and everything in it's place.

Hope this is not a "unto death" type problem!

Get well soon.

Keep em coming!

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LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!

PS, come on over and I'll show ya how it's done, a true, "piling system"
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Old March 24, 2012, 12:33 PM   #444
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after my last changes

It never stops changing..LOL.
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Old March 25, 2012, 02:24 PM   #445
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My humble beginning

Just finished assembling this weekend.



Reckon it'll git er' done. I'm only loading for one rifle; I guess as my collection evolves, so will my reloading. But for now... I'm all
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Old November 7, 2012, 02:42 AM   #446
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Old November 7, 2012, 10:48 AM   #447
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Here's mine.

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Old November 7, 2012, 05:51 PM   #448
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Old November 7, 2012, 06:59 PM   #449
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Simple setup out in the garage:

Lee "4-Hole Classic Turret Press" mounted on a Sears work bench.

Just load .45 ACP with this.

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Old November 8, 2012, 03:26 AM   #450
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Man, all these neat and tidy benches... There ain't NO WAY I'm showing mine in the current state... It looks like a Taliban warehouse got hit by a tornado...
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