Home made reloading trays

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  1. Deacon_Man

    Deacon_Man Member

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    I bought some store bought reloading trays, don't like them worth a damn. I figured I could build something to suit my self. I took a 1x4 block of pine lumber, put it on my drill press and drilled 50 holes just bigger than my .45 brass. Then I took another block of pine and sawed off 3/16th thick layers for the bottom of the trays. I took them both and smoothed them up on my belt sander. I took the 1x4 blocks and routed the edges courved and smooth. I used super glue to bond the pieces together. And now I have two really easy to insert casings for reloading trays. Check out the pictures, and sorry I don't have a picture sizing program.

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  2. lawdawg

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    Nice Job!
  3. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Those are really nice!! Throw some Walnut stain on them and they will be even purtier!
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  5. Frogtop

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    I also made my own. Two from walnut and three from oak. I drilled a pilot hole with a smaller bit and finished each with a 1/2 inch Foster so each has a relatively flat bottom. I finished with tung oil. The wood is heaver and more stable than plastic and the half-inch deep holes support everything from 380 to 30-06
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    sting75ray Well-Known Member

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    I have some that my great grandfather made out of walnut, only thing is one of them holds 45 rounds and the other one holds 70 rounds.
  7. soundguy

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    did you use an endmill or regualr bit?

    I saw some made from cigar boxes with the halves seterated, and one side glued on top of the other with holes drilled in the webbing.. etc.. i like yours..
  8. Deacon_Man

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    Your reloading blocks look great. I enjoyed the thread you had for me to look at.
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    Boy oh boy what's next? nice job
  10. Orin

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    Ditto... But I prefer deeper holes so the cases can't tip over. I use 2x10 & 2x12. Drop three times in a vat of urethane to seal.
  11. Deacon_Man

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    I used a flat wood bit ground down to the hole size I wanted. I used my drill press and drilled the holes all the way through. I bonded my 3/16 thick wood to the bottom side. I like them much better than the store bought plastic.

    John
  12. soundguy

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    ahhh.. now i see! you drilled thru then bonded some thin under that... nice.

    I'm going compliment you by copying your design tonight when I get home.. :)
  13. soundguy

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    well, mine doesn't look as nice, but I was so impressed by your wood block, that I had to go make one when i got home from work, while waiting for the wife to get home from work.

    I had a piece of lefover pine plant and some thinner osv from my shelving project. marked the pine plank and got 10 colums / 11 rows.. etc.. cleaned up the holes and chamfered the openings a bit.. after choosing the best side.. bonded my osb to it overnight and put 2 coats of polyurethane on it. 2nd coat is drying now.

    I had 2 holes that had some chipping at the mouth so i used some filler.. doesn't look the greatest.. but should be a great tray. I loved the design when i saw deacon man's blocks1 I sometimes set and do marathon 30-06 runs and will do 100-300 at a time.. and I run myself out of those lil plastic 40-80 hole blocks. with this 110 hole block I'll be back caught up.

    thanks for the idea!!

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  14. Mike1959

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    Cool, thanks for the idea. Now i have things to do while i wait for when i can start buying my press and other goodies.
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    it's so neat the stuff / ideas you can come up with browsing the forums. I plan on crusing them all to see who else I can steal good ideas from :)
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