looking for ideas?loading benches

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by madbuck22, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. madbuck22

    madbuck22 Member

    Feb 20, 2011
    san diego
    k here we go, i can build anything that money can afford. how wide and long should i make my loading bench ect..... if u guys have some pics u can post i would love to see them before i make my own. thanks in advance!:)
  2. Brisk44

    Brisk44 New Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    I have a 6' bench with a shelf below and on top it has worked well for me but then I have lots of other shelves and an 8' bench for working on guns.
    can't get pic to post guns 001.jpg
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  3. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    I don't see it as a matter of money.

    What you want is funtionality (user friendly).

    Build the bench to where you can get to everything with ease.

    Big benches are great for auto shop and wood working. Not so much for reloading. Up close and personal is best when reloading.:)

    Unless yer talking factory line reloading.:rolleyes:

    Getting up and grabbing something is one thing. Walking the floor is another.

    Nice~n~tight. Close quarters has it's benefits.
  4. American Leader

    American Leader Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Brisk, your bench looks like it is never used? Whats up?
  5. American Leader

    American Leader Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    MB22, I use 2 benches currently, a 7 ft. long 24" deep solid hard maple top with rubber based feet (I get water in the basement sometimes) purchased for $200. I load rifle and do gun work on it.


    I use the small Desk 4-5 ft. long by 24" deep to load handgun ammo and it works good for that. Just the right height for using the chair and crankin out mucho rounds fast!


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  6. Brisk44

    Brisk44 New Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    what a messy bench
  7. madbuck22

    madbuck22 Member

    Feb 20, 2011
    san diego
    ok u guys are going to laugh. i realley don't want to buy any materials. i have about 100' of 6x6 same of 4x4's lots of 2x4's, 3/4,1/2 plywood and lots of hardwood.maple,oak,cherry,hickory ect... sorry about the money thing thought is was funny. but the design,storage spots mount to wall ect. i just made some baseball bat holders from wood i've had for 20 years for a buddys kids. it came from a house in coronando they were remodeling i was doing thier floors and the other crews were throwing it away i pulled the nails and took it home. i said i would use it sometime. 100+ year old wood that i finally used for a kid. it looks beautiful and i hope it will be cherished. i have some honey doo's to but that's another conversation k.
  8. American Leader

    American Leader Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    I'm not laughin, it's good to save money. To make something thats nice and can stay in the family. When you get done make sure to show us. But as you can see by my pics, you can use as big or small as you want. It's like Bobitis said, build it for you.
  9. todd51

    todd51 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Central, Ohio
    Madbuck, put a lot of thought into "close by" shelving for all the accessories and clutter. As you can see by the photos here, and my bench is no different, "stuff" is necessary in the loading process but "stuff" does accumulate and pretty soon the bench top is full. Adding more overhead shelving is still on my to-do list, ha.
  10. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    I've built two benches, one for upstairs & one for in basement where I keep everything. Type in reloading benches and you'll see some traditional plans. I use the old hornady style and like it, 6 foot long, I made mine a little deeper for extra storeage and I have cabinets go to the ceiling. Light is what you need too, spend a hundred on good 4 bulb with those newer little bulbs. Need a tv in place to watch reloading videos & music dvds while reloading.
  11. JohnTheCalifornian

    JohnTheCalifornian Member

    Jun 12, 2009
    Might want to beef up the top of the bench seeing as you have plenty of wood laying around. A good sturdy place to mount your press is a definite plus.
  12. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA

    My bench is a cheapy tin affair that works fine BECAUSE I tied it to the wall in the back. The press is on the front edge and that gives it a lot of leverage over the bench. If you load down the bench then all is well but if you tie the bench to the wall behind it then it will be steady as a rock, even on a carpeted floor (My reloading area is a spare room that happens to be carpeted).

    I built two other benches as work tables, one for reloading tasks like case trimming, etc. and the other for gunsmithing using nothing but 2 x 4's. Diagonal cross bracing is the key to stability, even if it is just across a corner.

    There is another issue in a dry environment, like the desert where I live or in a cold country house mid-winter. That is static electricity. In my house if I wear nylon socks and walk the length of the house I can draw an inch long spark off the light switch plate screw. Can you imagine if that spark zap'ed over to the powder canister or a primer package. I bought a anti static rubber mat that is grounded to an outlet box. The matt is conductive and it conducts any static build up on your body into the mat and to ground... no sparks. It is under and around my reloading bench including under the stool I use when pulling on the press handle. These mats are commonly used in electronic assembly plants and can be custom sized. Sorry, but I don't remember who made it as I bought it almost 15 years ago through my now deceased brother-in-law. An Internet search might reveal a source.

  13. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Mine is home made with 2X4's, and 3/4" plywood. It's 48" long, and 28" deep. I have two shelves on top about 8" deep, and 18" tall. It is not fastened to the wall, but is built sturdy. With storage underneath. Although it is a mess at this moment, there are a lot of things on that desk that have nothing to do with reloading! Everything is within easy reach. I don't have to get up for anything I need.

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    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011
  14. Gene Seward

    Gene Seward Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Batesville, Arkansas
    Finally I get to help out. LOL I have 4x4 legs with 2x4 supports across the back and to the sides with 1/2 inch plywood top and 2x4 to support the top. This is about 2ft. by 7ft. which allows for my case tumbler and prep center as well as other things needed. Then I have three shelves from 1x10x @ 4ft. for shelves above. It is sturdy as ever and was built in the room. MAN I hope it never has to be taken out. LOL BTW, Under the top I have added a 2x4 support under the press for added strength. I painted it grey so it can be repainted as needed. Don't you all wish I would have posted a pic instead of all this nonsense? LOL
  15. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Where's the picture Gene? And by the way, my bench can be moved from room to room. I know because it was first set up in a trailer house we lived in. The only thing is that by using the plywood I had to get a large piece of firewood to whack my bullet puller on! The plywood is too soft and absorbs the impact!
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