Office and Reloading cabinets

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Project by Dodis posted 10-14-2013 10:59 AM 2248 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally getting around to posting one of my projects. Built some cabinets for my office/reloading room. Just basic cabinets, using Lowe’s oak ply. I did have to make a special trip to get oak molding to match the profile used on our kitchen cabinets as I was also trying to duplicate the style. Plus I also had to make a triangular base for my router to cut the decorative groove in the doors.

I also split the doors of the lower cabinet/bench to make bi-fold doors to keep them out of the way when open and while I am working at my bench. Just made the doors a snug fit in the opening then ripped them down the center, the saw kerf made the proper clearance for the doors when closed. A few flat hinges on the back so there is no gap showing for the bi-fold portion.

The lower cabinet itself is actually a section of steel Gorilla Rack, which was my original loading bench for years, originally 8 feet wide. I cut the top down to 52” (double layer of melamine) and used half of the original setup. Then wrapped the shelves with 1/4” ply since the sides and back won’t be seen, and made a face frame and doors for the front, hence no toe kick… Also had to attach everything with screws from the inside through the steel parts, made for a ‘fun’ job.

I also plan to build my office desk in the future, but I am still waiting on my mesquite slabs to dry before starting that project.

-edit- I commented on the finishing below. Also, I finished the two cabinets over the reloading bench before assembly, and had to build a drying rack to hold the parts during finishing.

-- Mike "Dodis', TxCity, Texas Gulf Coast

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 02:34 PM

Very nice Mike! From one reloader to another.

-- Gordon - Mobile, Al - The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. - Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 02:56 PM

well done.

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

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 11:27 PM

Very nice cabinets Mike, you did an excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 10-14-2013 11:38 PM

Very nicely done. The picture is a little fuzzy and my RockChucker is a 1978 model, but that RCBS press looks
Iike it’s designed to reload BAR rounds.

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

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#5 posted 10-15-2013 04:01 PM

Yep, fuzzy cell phone pics, and not enough room to back away for a good pic either. And none show the vein detail to match our other cabinets, made with the triangle router base.

Yes, the press is the original AmmoMaster progressive. Can’t swing a 50 BMG ($$$), so never got the conversion for the press. Plus I still have my original Reloader Special press I started with in the late 80’s.

Plus, the first cabinet over the computer desk was done about 1 year before the other two. Kinda hard to work in the shop when it is 98° and 95% humdity outside, the indside gets to about 110°+! Also, the first was built with small ledgers under the shelves, then I built my router dado jig for the other two, and dadoed the shelves in properly.

And forgot the finishing detials… Minwax Golden Oak stain and Minwax WB satin. And still have to finish out the moulding around the cabinets, but got more important things going on right now.

-- Mike "Dodis', TxCity, Texas Gulf Coast

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#6 posted 11-12-2013 12:00 AM

That’s a fine setup there but you forgot the blue press in your photos.

No blue press you say? Time to get one!

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#7 posted 11-12-2013 02:10 PM

Well, I could have got a pic of a blue press there! Had my step-dad’s 450/550# press setup for a few days, but was just getting it ready to sell to a friend since it wasn’t being used anymore. If it had been a 650 or up, I would still have it there!

#He bought it as a 450 and it came with the upgraded 550 frame when they were just coming out with the intechangable heads. I wonder how many rounds he put throught there in all those years??? Lots of railroad police practice…

-- Mike "Dodis', TxCity, Texas Gulf Coast

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#8 posted 11-12-2013 02:34 PM

Very nice work. This will give you a lot more organization.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 11-13-2013 03:22 AM


My 550 started life as a 450, was told it was made around ‘87. Who knows how many it’s churned out until I bought it in 2006 but it has at least 30k through it (I’m a USPSA shooter).

Happy woodin’ and shootin’!

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