Reloading Bench

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Project by titanxt posted 05-14-2014 08:18 PM 3460 views 11 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this reloading bench out of box-store available material. The posts are cedar, the trim is oak, and the rest is dimensional lumber, Baltic Birch plywood, and painted pegboard. The bench is a simple frame that holds two drawer boxes and has structure to support the 1.5” thick particleboard top. Covering the particleboard is two pieces of replaceable, 1/4” tempered hardboard. One-inch, 90-degree oak, outside trim surrounds the top to keep any round items from rolling off the bench and onto the floor. All of the exposed wood was given at least two coats of de-waxed shellac, while the trim around the bench top received three extra coats of wipe-on Minwax polyurethane to protect it from solvents.

In the future I plan on enclosing the area in the corner to store “secret” items… I also plan on adding a shallow pull out drawer on the “desk” portion of the bench, as well as construct a shallow cabinet to hold cleaning supplies.

Thank you!


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#1 posted 05-14-2014 08:49 PM

Very nice bench and cabinets and an excellent reloading station.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 05-14-2014 08:56 PM

keep honking I’m reloading my gun. Great looking bench!


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#3 posted 05-14-2014 09:15 PM

Love your design, looks very functional and good looking as well. A reloading bench is on my shortlist of projects so I’m taking some inspiration from yours, thank you for sharing. Great choice on the press too, Dillion all the way.

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#4 posted 05-14-2014 11:42 PM

Great bench, if you haven’t checked out others on Enos page you don’t know what your missing.

I so miss my 650 and the time for shooting but when I am get my free time back it is going to be a 1050 all the way. I learned one thing when getting into reloading. You tell yourself it is to save money but it is actually just an excuse to shoot more often and more things.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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#5 posted 05-15-2014 12:07 AM

Scribble-I did check out those benches on Brian Enos’s webpage. I stole many an idea!


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#6 posted 05-15-2014 12:12 AM

Great looking bench—all nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 05-15-2014 01:34 AM

Nicely done

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 05-15-2014 03:16 AM

Good to know. I have caught myself drooling many a time when looking at all the toys on those benches and the creative ways they are laid out.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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#9 posted 05-15-2014 08:08 AM

Great little work area, well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 05-15-2014 12:34 PM

What a great looking reloading station! I used to reload a little bit when I was a kid – the lip to keep your brass from rolling onto the floor is a great idea.

I really like the way the birch, and cedar and even the hardboard look together. Great work!

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#11 posted 05-15-2014 01:56 PM

“add to Favorites”

very nice, thanks for sharing

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#12 posted 05-15-2014 03:37 PM

I will be adding a lip like yours to my reloading bench. Thanks for sharing. Is that a Dillon Progressive Press? I use a RCBS Turret.

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#13 posted 05-15-2014 04:07 PM

Yes, that is a Dillon 550B. I shoot a lot and it has served me well. I own a lot of RCBS stuff – very good equipment as well. That lip is nothing more than the 1” 90-degree outside corner trim that you can get any of the home stores. I installed it with 2” brad nails and it took no time at all. Thank you! Andy


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#14 posted 05-15-2014 04:17 PM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 05-15-2014 04:35 PM

Is a reloading bench for reloading and maintaining firearms?

Perhaps something else? I’m not familiar, but this is a nice build, regardless.

Ahhh… If I zoom in I can identify the rifle on the stand. So… I guess it is!

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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