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Old August 8, 2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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Strong portable reloading stand

Hey everyone!

I recently started reloading and have my press(lee turret) and all or most of the other accessories that I need short of a good portable stand. I like to reload inside and like to reload at random Times and in random places.

I am willing and interested in a diy project

I know about the frankford arsenal stand but I'm not sure if I can trust it.

Thanks for the advice!
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Old August 8, 2011, 10:58 AM   #2
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Lee also has one. Some folks have adapted those folding work benches that Black and Decker and copycats have.
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Old August 8, 2011, 11:10 AM   #3
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Yeah, I've used the lee stand before, very sturdy. It's only semi portable though. The legs are held together with bolts that a pita to take apart every time you're done for the day. I could probably modify it but then what's the point of spending $100 on a stand?

The black decker stands are awesome but I can't find them in my area.

I don't mean to sound like I'm picking apart your ideas but these are things I've been looking at for awhile
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Old August 8, 2011, 11:26 AM   #4
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A Black and Decker "Workmate" folding bench.
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Old August 8, 2011, 11:35 AM   #5
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Yes I understand that it's the B&D workmate. No one sells them in my area and if I'm gonna order a stand, I'll just order a made for reloading stand like the Frankford arsenal stand. It be worth the try then.
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Old August 8, 2011, 11:35 AM   #6
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+1 on the workmate. There is a model that comes with an insert to make it a table top or you can get the cheaper one and make your own. I bolted my lee turret press to a 2x6 that is cut to the same length as the front of the workmate. I attach it to the workmate with a couple of 6" bar clamps that came from the dollar store. Having the 2x6 span the width of the top puts the pressure from the press action on the metal frame of the workmate and not just the top. The workmate is also handy for 1001 other projects around the house. The 225 is $60 and the 425 is $90. Both ship free from Amazon. I'd go with the 425 for the table insert and the one handed vise. I have the 225 and needing to use two hands on the vise can be a pain. Plus you don't have to spend time and money making an insert.

I mounted my chopsaw and jigsaws to 1/2 plywood sized to fit into the clamps on top of the workmate. It makes a great quick platform for them and holds them solidly in place.

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Old August 8, 2011, 11:58 AM   #7
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You can build a pair of collapsable saw horses ( lots of plans out there ) / mount your loader to a 2" X 24" plank ....and just clamp it to the saw horses.../ or use thru bolts with wing nuts ...

easily collapses for transport or whatever ...
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Old August 8, 2011, 12:28 PM   #8
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Here's a schematic of a compact stand I made and have used for years. The top platform is 2 plies of 3/4-in 12x12 from particle board shelving. The base is a 12x18 and a 12x30. Fabricate the column from a 1 1/2-inch, or larger pipe with floor flanges on both ends bolted through the particle board. If I were to make another, I'd go with large diameter plastic pipe instead of the smaller steel. With a collection of tops, you can mount different loaders on the same base/column.

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Old August 8, 2011, 12:57 PM   #9
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@BigJimP. I like the collapsible sawhorses idea. Big +1
@zippy13 I really like that idea! I think I could turn that into what I need
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Old August 8, 2011, 05:31 PM   #10
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Inside the BD table is not too bad outside I use this setup.


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Old August 8, 2011, 05:52 PM   #11
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kealil, where do you live? I have a Workmate that I'll give you. I'm in central Texas. The thing is too heavy and bulky to mail, so you'd have to drive to get it. As an alternate approach, if your stand doesn't have to be collapsible, I use a rolling worktable to attach all my stuff to when I want to reload. Being a woodworker, I have 4 or 5 homemade rolling tables for various benchtop tools, and one that is just for a worktable. None are fancy, being made of 2x4 pine, with a laminated MDF top. The wheels come from Harbor Freight and are maybe $3 each. Cheap and easy to make and very sturdy, though nobody ever called them attractive.
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Old August 8, 2011, 06:01 PM   #12
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Not sure if this is what you had in mind, it's a aluminum copy of one that Lyman offered in wood.




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Old August 8, 2011, 08:57 PM   #13
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Hers an idea

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Old August 8, 2011, 10:16 PM   #14
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Hello, I was going thru some older Rifle/Handloader magazines & came across write up on the Midway portable stand..don't know if they still have them.
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Old August 8, 2011, 10:22 PM   #15
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A rectangular wooden stool. You can even tack a piece of 1/4" plywood or Masonite on top of the bottom braces to make a shelf for your scales, calipers, gunpowder bottle, etc.

You will have to hold it to keep it from tipping forward when you resize cases, but it's plenty strong, and they are cheap.
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Old August 8, 2011, 11:03 PM   #16
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I have been known to put a towel under the 2x6 my press is mounted to and clamp it to the coffee or dining room table. Hey, they're tables and they're just sitting there taking up space. : )
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Old August 9, 2011, 04:00 PM   #17
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For years I did what Wuchak does, though I had a 2X12 setup for the press and used an old USMC wool blanket under it so as not to harm the table.
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Old August 9, 2011, 09:58 PM   #18
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Wuchak's approach it good if your are shooting where there are fixed shooting benches. Then a 2×6 with some extra length out the back for one of those Irwin Quick Grip clamps from Lowe's or Home Depot is the way to go.

I have one of the old Midway stands. It is identical to what is currently sold as Frankford Arsenal. Mine has my old Challenger press on it for odd jobs, though it's there just so I can move it around the house or near other loading presses in the basement. It works just fine, and I've resized up to .30-06 on it with no problem, though I'd have to take the base off to move it to the range. I usually use a hand press at the range, so it's never come up. My portable measures have their own bases. The Lee looks sturdier to me, but I've not had them side-by-side.
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Old August 9, 2011, 10:55 PM   #19
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You mean like this?



Nice when the wife is out of town for the week, huh?
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Old August 10, 2011, 12:09 PM   #20
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Nice setup. That looks a lot newer than my old beat up workmate, but I'll make the offer again. If anybody wants to come to central Texas to get it, you can have my Workmate. I'l going to give it away to somebody eventually.
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Old July 5, 2013, 10:10 AM   #21
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This is what I did. The vertical uprights are Dillon Strong Mounts. I bought the metal plates on eBay. I put a 1/8" thick sheet of rubber on the bottom. It also has two holes in the base for botling it to a surface for added stability. A clamp works too.

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