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Old March 25, 2014, 08:34 PM   #1
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Beginning of of my reloading room..

First step, clear out all the junk that was in this corner. Tomorrow the build starts. Room will be about 8x9. image.jpg

I'll post pictures as it progresses.
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Old March 25, 2014, 08:38 PM   #2
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We look forward to your progress with great anticipation.
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Old March 25, 2014, 09:09 PM   #3
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8x9 will not be big enough.

Don't ask how I know.

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Old March 25, 2014, 09:13 PM   #4
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Looks good so far. Nice start.

My reload bench occupies an entire 8.5sq feet. There's shelves above it, some shelves in a room in the house, and some closet space used. I reload quite a bit and have a good amount of equipment and components. So I think you'll be okay.

Looking forward to the pics.
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Old March 25, 2014, 09:17 PM   #5
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nice space...
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Old March 25, 2014, 09:24 PM   #6
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Oh wow, nice start. My room is a 2' x 3' bench and the corner of my work bench. The whole room is probably 10 x 11 but has to be shared with the water softener, the furnace, the water heater, some storage, and my other hobby (electronics & radio). The room is definitely too small so guns get 2' x 5 ' on one wall and that's it. It's a nice bench/cabinet though so I'm not complaining. Can't wait to see your setup unfold.
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Old March 25, 2014, 10:33 PM   #7
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Looks like a good start.

The only advice I will proffer is the same adage you hear when people ask about what size safe they should buy: however big you think you need for a bench/shelving/storage, make it 50% bigger.

And yes, I say this from experience. When I started and built my setup, I thought it was plenty big, now I am maxing out room and negotiating with my better half about moving her bookshelves to the other end of the basement so I have room to expand. The work surface on my bench is 20 square feet (8' X 2.5') and I have about 40 square feet of storage in my shelving units (3 shelves at 1' X 8' and 4 shelves at 2' X 2"), and I need more.
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Old March 26, 2014, 06:19 AM   #8
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That appears to be subgrade. Make sure you have a dehumidifier.
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Old March 26, 2014, 04:39 PM   #9
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I'm still in the proses of building mine . Well It's built and fully fictional but I'm still changing things and it is close to how I will be leaving it . That brings me to my point of this post . If you have never had a reloading room/ bench / what ever . Don't over do it with where you THINK you want everything and build it complete . All you will be doing is demo and moving some things later and it may not work well doing so once everything is set up . Just keep adding as it's needed . After reloading for 6 months the only thing thats in the same place as when I started is my 2 desks and small file cabinet I keep fired brass and my powder in . I use desks instead of a bench . One is for reloading the other is for cleaning and other tasks . I have an office chair on wheels and I just push my self around from place to place . The room is long-ish and narrow 13'x7' . I can reach my most used items from my chair at the desk and 90% of everything else with a simple push back into the room .
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Old March 26, 2014, 05:01 PM   #10
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Thanks for the feedback.

- if I could go bigger I would have. But I need the other space for my kids
- it is below grade, I have a dehimidifier and central a/c
- I am only building the room, a bench and some shelving below the bench at this point. I will be sorting out additional shelves, cabinets etc later. I agree I need to sort it out after I have been in the space
- I think the room size will work, I am reloading now in my garage in a similar amount of space and bench room

Welcome any ideas and feedback. Walls are up, need some taping and compounding then the bench and door.
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Old March 26, 2014, 10:17 PM   #11
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- if I could go bigger I would have. But I need the other space for my kids
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I think the room size will work, I am reloading now in my garage in a similar amount of space and bench room
I hope you did not take my advice about going 50% bigger as implying that the room was not big enough as that was not what I intended and I apologize if that is how it was read. To be honest, I would love to have a nice, big, clean room like that for my setup. I am in the corner of an unfinished basement with the furnace, hot water tank and chest freezer 3 feet behind me....

My comments in regards to going bigger were meant strictly for the surface area of the work space and storage.

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I am reloading now in my garage in a similar amount of space and bench room
If you have been reloading for a while, I am sure you know better than I do what your needs are and what you are comfortable working with.

I look forward to seeing the progress. I always enjoy the threads that pop up occasionally where people post pictures of their setup. There are always great ideas people have come up with and I have stolen quite a few of them.
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Old March 26, 2014, 11:07 PM   #12
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Not at all jay, I'm in agreement, bigger is better, just as it is with a safe. The bench will be longer then what I use now. I plan on adding to the bench later or using that space for storage. I intentionally am delaying that decision until I move all my reloading gear in, determine my storage needs and build to suit. I will not be cleaning weapons in this room, I will continue to do that in the garage due to the smell. Im putting plug mold along the wall behind the bench and track lighting above it so I can maximize my flexibility. I will have a small narrow shelf eye level above the bench for among other things a beam scale. Other then that I'm still weighing storage ideas. Possibly akro bins for brass, cabinets for primers and powder (and perhaps brass). I need something strong for bullets and loaded ammo. Probably strong shelving. And something for parts (press parts, tool heads, spare pistol and rifle parts... ) and misc stuff.,

All ideas welcome
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Old March 27, 2014, 10:05 PM   #13
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In 50 years as a CPA and four years of serious reloading, I have found that bigger is not always better so far as desk/bench space is concerned. It just gives you more room to pile unnecessary stuff. My present reloading bench is only 20 inches deep. That means that I can easily reach anything on it and I tend to only put the things I really need on it, and it gives me plenty of work space.
I am not able to attach my bench to a wall so it is free standing. I have 2x8 runners across the bottom and store my bullets there. Five or six thousand bullets add a lot of stability.
I would not be in a hurry to build it out as actually using a setup/arrangement often leads to a more efficient layout.
Good luck on the progress of your area.
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Old March 28, 2014, 03:58 PM   #14
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Here is the next step (struggling to add more then 1 picture at a time it keeps over writing)
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Old March 28, 2014, 03:59 PM   #15
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Old March 28, 2014, 04:37 PM   #16
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1stmar, that's going to make an awesome reloading room, or as I like to call it my "Armory" it's 8'4" x 6'. I do miss the basements that you have up north. Here in Texas, builders get this deer in headlights look when someone asks why they don't build basements.

Here's an old picture, its a converted closet with a/c. I do the gun cleaning, brass cleaning, annealing and neck turning stuff in the garage.

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Old March 28, 2014, 05:56 PM   #17
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Thanks eppie... Nice room, I like the setup.. I should have the bench in next week.
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Old March 28, 2014, 11:50 PM   #18
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One more ..will try a panorama view tomorrow

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Old March 29, 2014, 09:43 PM   #19
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Trim and taping are completed. Starting the bench on Monday
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Old April 1, 2014, 08:44 PM   #20
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Will serve as an office and reloading roomimage.jpg
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Old April 1, 2014, 08:45 PM   #21
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Old April 1, 2014, 08:47 PM   #22
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Need some ideas for storage. Think some roll aways under the bench with plastic bins for brass. Maybe some shelves under neath for powder and bullets and cabinets uptop for dies and primers.
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Old April 1, 2014, 09:09 PM   #23
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I would recommend shelves up top with see through bins. Everything is easy to find. The cabinet doors will make the room seem smaller and more claustrophobic.

Down below get all the drawer space you can.
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Old April 1, 2014, 09:13 PM   #24
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Nice looking room should work out great for you.The shelves and plastic bins are a great idea.But I wouldn't put your powder on a shelf on the bottom.I'm a firm believer of only one powder(the one I'm using at the time) in the reloading room at a time.Looks great
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Old April 2, 2014, 12:08 AM   #25
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You can't have too much shelf space. I also like lockable filing cabinets for storing powder, primers and all the small, miscellaneous tools. You can find them cheap at garage sales and used furniture stores. Also, two reloading benches are nice. I have one that's 22 inches high by 4 feet long that I can sit at for using a progressive and, a 36 inch high by 8 feet long so that I can stand while using a single stage. And you can't have enough electrical outlets or lighting.
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