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Old February 20, 2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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Built my first reloading bench...

Not the greatest, but for $40 in materials, it will work for the space I have...
Not quite done arranging everything and still have a few more things to buy for it to be complete.

Dimensions:
Bench Top: 36" X 24". Bench is 36" from floor.
Top shelf is 24" above bench and is 12" deep.



I'm ready to get started as soon as I get more components...
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Old February 20, 2013, 03:57 PM   #2
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Where's your scale? And where will you mount it?
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Old February 20, 2013, 03:58 PM   #3
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Nice job for the space you have. If the addiction holds though you will soon be looking for some more space.. Be safe.
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Old February 20, 2013, 03:59 PM   #4
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Scale is in the box on the right of the top shelf. Just a mini digital scale from Hornady. Figure I'll just pull it out when i'm reloading...
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Old February 20, 2013, 04:03 PM   #5
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Then you need to be concerned about having a fluorescent light as they affect digital scales and can result in false readings - one reason I have used a balance beam for 35 years - mine is very accurate
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Old February 20, 2013, 04:47 PM   #6
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Very nice.... Load away!!!!!!!!!!
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Old February 20, 2013, 05:34 PM   #7
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It sure looks like it will work to me, good job.
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Old February 20, 2013, 06:00 PM   #8
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Awesome job !!!!!
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Old February 20, 2013, 06:08 PM   #9
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Then you need to be concerned about having a fluorescent light as they affect digital scales and can result in false readings - one reason I have used a balance beam for 35 years - mine is very accurate
Interesting. Just to check, I calibrated my scale without any lights on, then weighed the check weight. Then turned the scale off and turned on the light and then the scale and weighed the check weight again. Then with scale still on, turned light off and re-weighed. Still with scale on I turned the light off and re-weighed again.

All variations of light on/off, the scale produced the exact same weight...

Have you experienced this interference on a digital scale?
Anyone else experienced this?
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Old February 20, 2013, 07:00 PM   #10
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Very nice.
And larger than mine, too.
Also home made.
Good job.
It's plenty large.
The previous one I made was very large and had to be left behind when we moved.
No way to get it out of the basement without tearing it all apart.
Now, I make them small and if more room is needed, I'll add another small one.
Not going to leave it behind if we ever move again.
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Old February 20, 2013, 07:17 PM   #11
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Good job on the bench. Some digital scales are affected by fluorescent lights. Not all of them are though. It can also depend on the distance it is from the light also. As long as you tested it where you plan to use the scale, you should be alright.
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Old February 20, 2013, 07:31 PM   #12
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Nice looking bench. And I'm digging the flag too.
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Old February 20, 2013, 08:07 PM   #13
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Re: Built my first reloading bench...

I'm of the mindset that yer scale should be somewhere that is not vibrating around while working the press. Ie; seperate table
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Old February 20, 2013, 08:29 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone!

Moose, I hadn't thought about the vibrations from working the press messing with the scale. Maybe I'll keep it on the bookshelf that's on the opposite wall from the bench. I won't be using the press and the scale simultaneously, so should just be able to sit it in the bench when weighing my charges every 5th-10th charge...
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Old February 20, 2013, 09:09 PM   #15
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Interesting. Just to check, I calibrated my scale without any lights on, then weighed the check weight. Then turned the scale off and turned on the light and then the scale and weighed the check weight again. Then with scale still on, turned light off and re-weighed. Still with scale on I turned the light off and re-weighed again.

All variations of light on/off, the scale produced the exact same weight...

Have you experienced this interference on a digital scale?
Anyone else experienced this?
X 2

My have always produced the same result...
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Old February 20, 2013, 09:39 PM   #16
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I thought the only time floresent lights would cause a problem if the scale was plugged into the same power strip. also nice bench
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Old February 20, 2013, 10:59 PM   #17
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Interesting. Just to check, I calibrated my scale without any lights on, then weighed the check weight. Then turned the scale off and turned on the light and then the scale and weighed the check weight again. Then with scale still on, turned light off and re-weighed. Still with scale on I turned the light off and re-weighed again.

All variations of light on/off, the scale produced the exact same weight...

Have you experienced this interference on a digital scale?
Anyone else experienced this?
X 2

My have always produced the same result...
x3. Same results here... no problem with fluorescent light.

As for vibration from operating the press, I don't see that being a problem unless you operate the press and read the scale at the same time. I've never had the need to do that but ymmv.
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Old February 20, 2013, 11:04 PM   #18
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Agree with last post.
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Old February 20, 2013, 11:07 PM   #19
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I'd like to see more pics of benches since I will be building one latter this year. And blue prints
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Old February 21, 2013, 06:34 AM   #20
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Nice job ! Mine looked that neat about 25 years ago.
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Old February 21, 2013, 09:04 AM   #21
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Lots of pics here.

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Old February 21, 2013, 10:51 AM   #22
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nice setup, but it's missing something; i know it too clean and organized! Just kidding mine is pretty similar to yours.
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Old February 21, 2013, 08:14 PM   #23
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Nice bench and nice setup. Happy reloading.

On the florescent light having an effect on the digital scale it might be due to the type of ballast in the light. New florescent light have electronic ballast and the older ones had magnetic ballast. I believe the electronic ballast have less effect on scales then the older magnetic ballast. JMO
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Old February 22, 2013, 01:37 PM   #24
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Nice bench, clean.
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Old February 22, 2013, 05:54 PM   #25
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Nice bench! Bet in a year you'll wished it was bigger
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