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    Reloading Bench Plans

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    Re: Reloading Bench Plans

    Here is a different take on a bench. My modified version doesn't even vibrate when full length sizing .50 BMG brass.

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    Re: Reloading Bench Plans

    bbgncigars,

    That looks like a good solid bench!

    The only thing right off which would make it better, would be the addition of the under bench receiver tube set up I have installed on my bench.

    With this system, there are no holes in the bench top. I can move and/or change tools quickly or have none at all if that is my choice.

    I have seen the system with a single receiver tube of the kind used for trailor hitches, and this along with the proper stinger makes a good solid mount.

    On mine I have double "receiver" tubes at each loading position and each major tool mount has a pair of stingers.

    I used just standard square tubing which does not give the same tight fit as the receiver and stinger material, but with the double tubes it works great and very strong.

    For a tool like a powder measure, I just use a single tube "stinger" mount as there is little or no pressure involved in using that tool.

    I have seen photographs of nicely done benches which included inset tracking on the bench top for tool mounting.

    With that system, you can remove or exchange tools, but your always left with a bench top which is hard to use for some other uses, and a place for dirt, powder, primers, etc. etc. to get caught.

    The through bolts which mount my system under the bench were installed before the formica bench top was installed, leaving a flat and smooth bench for uses other then reloading, if so desired.

    Keep em coming!

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    Re: Reloading Bench Plans

    That article by Terry Wieland was pretty good, I like his setup, but I have so much paraphernalia I needed a lot more shelf space, and built my setup out of 2X10 lumber, half-inch plywood (for the shelves) and an 8X3-foot P-lam solid-core door. I wanted a U-shaped opening to maximize counter space and started by cutting the door like this..........the section I cut out then gets flipped over, and becomes the longer leg of the bench. It took me months to figure out how to maximize the available counter space, but it worked really well.



    Add a frame to mount it on:



    Then shelves to hold all the paraphernalia:



    And the finished product looked like this:



    And as the astute Mr. Wieland pointed out, it's a violation of protocol to try to reload without a cat or two nearby to supervise!



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    Re: Reloading Bench Plans

    Quote Originally Posted by VTDW
    I built my bench from these plans in 1977 and have been cranking out ammo and working on guns ever since. GREAT design and very heavy and sturdy. I used it for an all purpose workbench for a few years, but it has been for guns and loading ONLY since 1980.
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    Re: Reloading Bench Plans

    I used the NRA bench for about 15 years. LOVED it... had to leave it in the lower 48, so next week I'm going to try one of the Basic 2x4 kits. Can make it the size I can use now, and then go ahead and resize it or just build a new NRA version when we have room again.
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    I need to build a new bench myself. The wife is complaining the one I have takes up too much room.
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    Re: Reloading Bench Plans

    Quote Originally Posted by ggeilman
    I need to build a new bench myself. The wife is complaining the one I have takes up too much room.
    What you REALLY need to do is build an addition to the house...........then build a bigger reloading bench!
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    We are actually trying to sell this house so we can buy a bigger one. That is why she is complaining. The new house will have room to add new buildings while this one doesn't.
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