Originally Posted by Terry_P
I try to keep it neat as I feel that is the best way to avoid mistakes in the process. The old bench used to be just a work bench and the whole area evolved into a reloading area once I took it up. Funny how that happens. The bench with the metallic equipment is covered with the bench tops they sell at Home Depot. They are supported underneath with side by side 2x10 (Can't remember if it's 10's or 12's as I'm where it's warm and sunny and not in NH) ledgered and braced to the wall. It gives good solid support. It is high enough to stand and I also have a stool with good back support. Underneath the bench are more shelves for brass, empty boxes, shotshell components etc. Behind it (out of the picture) there is a large open shelf that was made to hold individual coffee mugs for the employees of the company I retired from, that I salvaged from a building that was being demo'ed. It was made in a first rate manner so I use it to store the loaded ammo by caliber on one side and you name it in the other 65 or so spaces on the rest.
Use your own ideas and adapt it to your needs as you develop your own area. The main thing is to be safe first and have fun at a great hobby.
Thanks for your reply, sounds like you and I think alike, I was taught at a young age to work neatly and always keep my work area neat and clean too, about 1980 I built a 8'x40"x36" high free standing work bench, it's a great bench, I added six drawers and a closed cabinet on the other side, I then realized by adding my loading press I would have trouble opening the drawers or the cabinet, so I stuck in the middle, which was fine and it worked out well,but then three years ago I got interested in leather work, so I've been sharing the bench with leather, wood work and loading, which is too much for a guy that likes to work clean and neat, and now I have a Hornaday LNL AP on order so I need a place for loading without all the other stuff, so the bench I'm going to make now will be 8'x36"x36" high, I'll be able to sit or stand at this bench too, this will be a loading and gun bench only, which will clean things up real well. Thanks for showing you neat and clean bench and loading area you did good Pard.