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Small Reloading Bench
« on: September 06, 2019, 04:24:57 pm »
Our new Condo in Florida does not have the space we had back in Wisconsin so I had to downsize on my reloading area. I picked up a tool stand from Harbor Freight for under 30 bucks. I've mounted my LEE Classic Turret press to this bench via a LEE mounting plate system. I can quickly change between the LEE Turret Press and my MEC Shotgun press. This bench is remarkably sturdy and easy to move around.
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Re: Small Reloading Bench
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2019, 04:50:15 pm »
Nice!  My brother has an old B&D Workmate from back when they were well made.  I may do something similar with that.

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Re: Small Reloading Bench
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2019, 05:07:18 pm »
When we were relocated to a fema trailer I used my c press bolted to a grinder stand that I found in a habitat store, just a piece of 1 in pipe welded to a round steel plate, i slid a couple of barbell weights down the pipe to make it sturdier. Did all right for pistol ammo but would not have been solid enough for full sized rifle reloading. Needed to make some ammo for a match. I love my 10?x10? reloading room.
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Re: Small Reloading Bench
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2019, 05:41:49 pm »
simple and elegant ?.  I like the Lee turret . It was you and Dakota Ike that recommended it to me...glad I listened

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Re: Small Reloading Bench
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2019, 02:25:33 pm »
Nice bench Johnny
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Re: Small Reloading Bench
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2019, 09:22:34 am »
Many thanks for the kind words.

I started reloading .38 Special this morning. This setup works like a charm. I'm amazed at how sturdy this tool stand is. There is absolutely no wobble or shake when you pull the lever. I'm not sure how this will work on my Dillon 550.

On another note, I spent a good hour trying to figure out why my primer dispenser would not work. Well you can't put large pistol primers into a small pistol primer dispenser. Guess I'll have to remember to read the label on the box again.
« Last Edit: September 09, 2019, 09:30:20 am by Johnny McCrae »
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Re: Small Reloading Bench
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2019, 11:58:27 am »
very interesting thank you. i am moving into a new shop and this might be the answer to building a big bench.
A not very expensive thing to try.
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Re: Small Reloading Bench
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2019, 01:12:43 pm »
While I also started small, some shelving and a cut down narrow table mounted to the back wall of my wife's walk in pantry, my reloading eventually evolved into a 10x12 room [after our Irene rebuild] and a bench that runs the whole length of one wall. This is a hobby that tends to expand and fill and then overflow whatever space that you start with. If you?ve got a shop but don?t want a full grown reloading bench cluttering up things check out the reloading areas built into a 2?x4?x8? cabinet with double doors. Plenty of storage above and below a 4 ft wide ?bench?, the doors can have shallow shelving, power outlets and lighting can be installed and either hard wired or use a drop cord, it can even have a dehumidifier and the doors can be closed and locked. Good luck on your bench and your reloading.
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Re: Small Reloading Bench
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2019, 02:19:31 pm »
Attached is a picture of my reloading area back in Wisconsin. My powder, bullets and misc. items were stored on shelves. I used to reload in a spare bedroom then moved to my garage. When I think about it now, mounting each press on a separate tool stand would have worked OK.
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Re: Small Reloading Bench
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2019, 02:59:56 pm »
Nice setup Johnny.
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