Wood loading blocks -- WTB?

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  1. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know where I can get my hands on some wooden loading blocks?
    I prefer wood over the plastic ones due to the static electricity thing that most plastic blocks seem to pick up. Besides...those wood ones look some much nicer than the plastic too.

    Midway used to sell wood blocks with their namebrand on em, but now the Midway/FrankfordArsenal blocks are plastic. I've got a good selection of the old Midway ones, but need a few more and some different sizes than the ones I've got now. I really like those blocks as the holes were very closely matched to the different cartridge sizes and you didn't have to worry about tipping the funnel off the case mouth.

    I suppose I could sit down with the drill press and a forstner bit & make my own too...but then I'd probably go overboard and grab a nice chunk of walnut or cherry to build em with. :)
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    I recently purchased some custom wood loading blocks on Ebay from a vendor named "mrshopman7947". I have him listed in my favorites vendors and checked and he does not have any listed right now. He customs builds them to your caliber and he does nice work. I paid $8. plus shipping. You might try and see if you can contact him by his vendor name on Ebay.
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    Why not make your own, they are very simple to make!
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    Yes they are.

    A drill press with a depth stop and a Forstner bit (flat bottom cutting drill bit) and a 3/4 inch piece of hardwood. Harbor Freight sells cheap sets of Forstners that will allow you to drill a close to size of almost any caliber.
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    After having looked around online for a while and not finding what I'm looking for I think I probably will wind up making my own.

    The lazy side of me was hoping that there was still someone out there that still had them at reasonable prices. I really fear for my little scrap pile of fancy hardwoods though...using a regular chunk of pine just seems so boring! LOL
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    I don't know where y'all get cheap out of making them. By the time I drive 100 miles to buy a drillpress and bit, I'm in pretty deep.
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    Made my own. One that works (not pretty) takes only a few minutes to make. And with a few hours a nice block of wood you'll have something to be cherished.
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    Go to Home depot and get the short ends cut off (a foot or whatever) of other boards in the hardwood section. I've gotten some pretty decent discounts. I guess they figure it's better than throwing it out altogether.
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    I also bought from this fella, these blocks are quality workmanship for the money, I'd recommend them for sure.
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    Doesn't matter if you have a drill press or not. If you only have a drill, that's all ya need, that and the right sized bit. Put a peice of tape around the bit at the depth you want to stop at, that's your guide. If you want more than 3/4", then glue, and clamp two 3/4" boards together. Sand it, stain it, wax it! Do what ever you want to it, it's yours!
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    In "The ABC's of Reloading", they suggest using two 3/4" pieces, drilling all the way through one, and then connecting(glue, screws, nails), the second to it.

    VIOLA !!!
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    That might even be a little easier!
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    All I need to do is find enough time to go out to the garage and dig through my own scrap box. Lots of leftovers from old projects.
    My problem is getting the right size forstner bits for the calibers I'm wanting to make this set of blocks for. Everything I've got is too large or too small to make a nice fitting block so the case won't tip over with a funnel sitting on top...need to pick up some of the cheap chinese ones and regrind em.
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    Made my own using Red Oak (3/4 actual) and made a template to allow 50 holes per block (Forstner bit), finished with Tung Oil.....they work and look great on the reloading bench
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    Nice woodwork.
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    I made one the other day. I used a 4 inch thick block of red maple. I made it with 40 "stepped" holes. Meaning I made holes about an inch and a half deep with a 3/8" bit, and then followed them about three quarters of an inch deep with a 1/2" bit. I did that so when the shells are bullet side down they would stay upright, and still be deep enough when primer side down.

    I flip my shells when I finish a stage with them so I don't get them confused with an unfinished one. Thats why I made the stepped holes. For instance, before decapping they will all be primer side up, and as I go through and decap them I put them back primer side down, then when I prime them they end up primer side down. So basically when I get to the powder stage they end up right side up. After that, the bullets will tell you if they are done.

    I hope that wasn't too complicated. But, that's why I wanted such a thick and heavy board. It also won't fall or whatever so easily if I accidentally tap it.
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    I’ve several from pine (actually scraps from 2x6" wall studs). But, as my other posts might have indicated I’m a cheap old fart, and figured the brass wouldn’t really care.
    With version two or the and beyond I build mine with sixty holes – I usually load in batches of fifty, and by starting at the opposite end when beginning each loading step I have an empty row between done and still-to-be done, helpful at least to me esp if interrupted during that step.
    Miles
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