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Old August 14, 2016, 10:59 AM   #51
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When we had a basement, the bench was set up somewhat near the furnace.
So it was nice and toasty during the winter.
But without any AC duct the summers were nasty.
We had a humidifier, but for the summer I reloaded upstairs in the kitchen with the press clamped to the kitchen counter.
Until my better half found that errant primer in the disposal.
Poor girl never has gotten over it.
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Old August 14, 2016, 01:59 PM   #52
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Guess I'll play along. Here is my humble bench. Still adding to it. It is two repurposed desks. The primary is an old small computer desk that I added the top from and old industrial desk which is 1.125" thick and rock solid. Press doesn't flex a bit. The room is a now vacant upstairs bedroom.

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Old August 14, 2016, 02:24 PM   #53
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Old August 16, 2016, 09:20 AM   #54
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I have 6 rifles to build in 40 days before I have to leave for long range target practice before antelope hunting season.

I have no time for bench building. This thread has been a bad influence.

I bought a vise and rebuilt it.

I have a bench 2' x3' that weighs 400 pounds. It is welded 1/2" steel plate with an elevator system. I got it from Boeing surplus. I pulled a barrel with it last night.

I want to be able to run a barrel vise, two machinist vises and reloading presses from a bench.
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Old August 18, 2016, 02:39 PM   #55
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Just finished this guy up last night. 24" x 48". Around $100 total not including the strip of LEDs. Now I just need something to sit on.


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Old August 18, 2016, 03:30 PM   #56
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bandw1dth that a nice simple design. Maybe an old bar stool would work.
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Old August 18, 2016, 05:19 PM   #57
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Old August 18, 2016, 05:21 PM   #58
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Old August 18, 2016, 08:47 PM   #59
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Old August 19, 2016, 09:59 AM   #60
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bandw1dth that a nice simple design. Maybe an old bar stool would work.


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Old September 21, 2016, 06:55 PM   #61
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Bench layer 1(really half of 1) out of 2! I got some high pressure laminate desk tops. They aren't big enough to cover the whole thing in one shot, so I'm going to have to cut the second to fill in. Then to find a one piece 34x72 piece of wood. Doors that I have aren't wide enough. I'll probably go with some finished 3/4 ply.

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Old September 21, 2016, 09:13 PM   #62
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Pull the door you have even with the front edge of the bench, and cut a strip of scrap wide enough to fill in the back edge.
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Old September 21, 2016, 09:24 PM   #63
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Pull the door you have even with the front edge of the bench, and cut a strip of scrap wide enough to fill in the back edge.
Id do that, but I want the top to be one piece.

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Old September 23, 2016, 06:47 AM   #64
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I built a vault in my basement that serves as my reloading room. Did all the work myself.

I ended up using a kitchen counter top that I found on clearance at lowes. Its resting on ledgers and has legs that I made for middle support. Is very stable/durable.

I have posted a picture of my LEE LCT set-up in a few forums so many of you are familiar with it.

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Old September 23, 2016, 09:52 PM   #65
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Holy cow SARuger, why so many powder measures? Rookie here, just curious.
I've been thinking about adding a tv as well.

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Old September 23, 2016, 10:16 PM   #66
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Each turret/die set has its own measure. Fast set up and quick to get the throw just right.
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Old September 23, 2016, 10:18 PM   #67
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Each turret/die set has its own measure. Fast set up and quick to get the throw just right.
That makes total sense. Kinda same reason guys have 4 chargemaster's

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Old September 24, 2016, 08:00 AM   #68
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That makes total sense. Kinda same reason guys have 4 chargemaster's... Rich boys...
Maybe I took this post the wrong way, if so, I will be the first to apologize.

Maybe I shouldn't even respond, but I have to say, if you think I'm "rich" or a "boy", you don't know me. If a guy has 4 Chargemasters, or a nice set-up, that doesn't say anything about their financial health. It does say something about their passion......

So who is SARuger? He is a 50yo hard working, lower middle class, diesel mechanic with a mortgage, 3 kids and grease to his arm pits/sweat rolling down his back, kind of guy.

There are some very nice bench set-ups on here. I'm envious! But not jealous! If I want a set-up as nice as these, I will work hard to build it, but I won't judge anyone for what they have!

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Maybe I took this post the wrong way, if so, I will be the first to apologize.

Maybe I shouldn't even respond, but I have to say, if you think I'm "rich" or a "boy", you don't know me. If a guy has 4 Chargemasters, or a nice set-up, that doesn't say anything about their financial health. It does say something about their passion......
Oh, I am so sorry. That is not at all what I was trying to say. Let ME be the first to apologize that it came across that way. I am envious of those guys! I'm envious of the guys at the matches that I go to, where they're optic is 4x the price of my whole rig. They're all fantastic gentlemen.

When you posted the picture of all those measures, I figured they were for ease of changing calibers/charge weight to a predetermined charge and powder. It's smart. I did not think you were showing off at all.

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Old September 24, 2016, 09:48 AM   #70
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Old September 24, 2016, 11:42 AM   #71
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I believe bench size is all relevant to the degree of interest.

I currently load for only one caliber and therefore my bench is pretty modest as is the number of tools I have on it. Though on this bench I can accomplish everything I need to complete my goals.

At this stage in my life I'm long past the envy game and am content with what I have. The only envy I display these days are for those of my own age who have been blessed with very good health.

Enjoy life!!!
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Old September 24, 2016, 12:21 PM   #72
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I only have my hunting rifle. I want more but life dictates that can't happen right now. When it does, I will be able to expand my reloading opportunities.

My bench is 48 inches wide but allows me to tinker, tweak, build, clean, etc.

I've got dies for 45ACP and 30-30. Both of which are in my short list. So when I can afford more, more will come.

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Oh, I am so sorry. That is not at all what I was trying to say. Let ME be the first to apologize that it came across that way. I am envious of those guys! I'm envious of the guys at the matches that I go to, where they're optic is 4x the price of my whole rig. They're all fantastic gentlemen.

When you posted the picture of all those measures, I figured they were for ease of changing calibers/charge weight to a predetermined charge and powder. It's smart. I did not think you were showing off at all.

Again, I'm sorry my post came across the way it did.
Accepted and my apology as well!
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Old September 25, 2016, 12:36 PM   #74
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Yeah, I'm not doing ss again... Just looked up on fastenal's website... Grade 8 coated bolts are cheaper than the ss crap
Good move to get SS bolt,nuts that have any strength in them is expensive. Most have less strength than a grade 3. That's why they are so soft
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Old September 25, 2016, 12:49 PM   #75
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Unless your in a food, chemical or marine environment there really is no need or advantage to stainless hardware. I worked in a food plant for many years and Stainless is a pain. Even all our plumbing work had to be Stainless or PVC.
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