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    Boolit Master
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    Seriously, I have thought of building a lazy susan that resides over my load work space. It would be there to hold all the little lose hand tools that come into play over the course of working up a batch.

    My space is an island in my load room and I have and can mount presses anywhere around it (360 degrees).

    In the meantime I built a raised mini table that I place my mechanical scales on.

    I even use an RCBS 304 on that elevated plane.

    Three 44s

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    Yep, I use a harbor freight grinder stand NEXT to my loading bench to hold my two chargemasters so they don't get bumped by bench activities.

    As to your lazy susan, why build if you can buy at half the price.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/12-inch...bin-94050.html

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    It's not much, but it was built to test the insert idea. It works great.
    It's been added on to a few times. But everything was scrap free wood. Dresser was next to the dumpster.
    Each tool goes on a insert and slides in the bench top. Small screwdriver to keep them in place.
    I will be rebuilding it soon with good plywood. And going a little larger.

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    I am in the process of moving into a new house and completely unfinished basement. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Destruction Dan,

    I think you missed on your handle here at boolits!

    Should have been Construction Dan! Good on the repurposing/salvaging!

    Best regards

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    Destruction D do you have your wife's permission to use the washing machine for brass? ;-}
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    Combination casting and radio room is separate from the loading room, radios have kind of taken my spare time here in the last month or so
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    I like 1911's and Wheel Guns , Wood Stocks and Blue Metal , Dislike Black on Black and Magazines on Rifles whats this country coming to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmrra View Post
    Combination casting and radio room is separate from the loading room, radios have kind of taken my spare time here in the last month or so
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    I spot the holy grail "whataburger cup" nice!


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    .....lol....
    I like 1911's and Wheel Guns , Wood Stocks and Blue Metal , Dislike Black on Black and Magazines on Rifles whats this country coming to.
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    I was checking out Craigslist this morning and stumbled across a company giving away some old lab table tops made from Corian. They were 9'x4' (plus a couple of inches each way). When I drove over there earlier today, they were quite heavy, but I figured I could get them into the back of my pickup with a high-lift type jack and a bit of effort. As it turned out, that "bit of effort" translated into "nearly heat stroke". Damn, it was hot today!

    I originally had thought that they would make for a large reloading bench, but right now, I'm thinking outdoor kitchen would be a better solution. I have two of them and there's a third that he'll give me a shout when it's ready. Need to sand them down a bit and refinish them, but they sure do beat having to try to pour a horizontal piece of concrete countertop.
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    Hey Navy...gettin old sucks huh? There was a day we could manage this with no issue...where did those days go?
    I think I'll take the old Dad's advice from about 1965..."Go a little easier on yourself or you'll regret it when your older!"

    Pretty smart fella...my Dad! He wasn't near as stupid as I thought back then!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OS OK View Post
    Hey Navy...gettin old sucks huh? There was a day we could manage this with no issue...where did those days go?
    I think I'll take the old Dad's advice from about 1965..."Go a little easier on yourself or you'll regret it when your older!"

    Pretty smart fella...my Dad! He wasn't near as stupid as I thought back then!
    Yeah, it sucks... As they say, "Youth is wasted on the young"...

    This wouldn't have been so bad with two people -- grab one end, put it on the tailgate of the truck, pick up the other end, slide it all the way forward, repeat for the next piece. Doing it by myself with no help and as hot and humid as it was kind of sucked though. Had to get in the truck, start it up, and turn the A/C on a couple of times to cool down. I really should have brought a big jug of ice water with me. The fact that it was so large and bulky didn't help either. It looks at least 1" thick plus the thicker edge pieces, so that would put it at a bit over 316 lbs per sheet.
    When you fill out your income tax forms at the end of the year, look and see how much money you have given the
    government throughout the year. Then, take a moment to ponder -- has the government done $X worth of
    stuff FOR you or TO you this year? I tend to believe the latter...

    Si vis pacem, para bellum -- If you want peace, prepare for war

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    New year, New house, New Bench.
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    Nice and tidy.

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    for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quickshot View Post
    for now.
    yup, they dont tend to stay tidy for long.

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    Here's my addition to a messy reloading area.

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    No interest in casting but 40 years of reloading rifle, pistol and shotgun.

    I'm planning on adding a 2' x 8' bench in the center and moving the two existing tables. What I need is a bigger room.

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    Thats a nice set-up. I guess we all need bigger rooms? I just thankful that I have always had a space in the house that is temperature controlled and secure.

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    absolutely , we all need more room.

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    South GA redneck reloading setup

    I do my casting outside & normally in the fall or winter. Lately, I've been casting early in the AM before the gnats get too bad & the temp. too high. The gnat line is south of Atlanta.

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    1. The pickup truck is a staple down here & mostly Fords since the "bail out".

    2. Details of my primitive casting arrangement.

    3. Reloading bench. This was once a corner of the master BR, but after the kids got married & left home, my wife & I converted it into a project room (it's messy, but serves our purpose).

    4. The Star & the Ultra Mag share the same space. They're mounted on wooden squares (one from Midway) & secured by lag bolts & wing nuts (quick to change out). I don't use the Ultra Mag very much any more since my shooting eye was compromised following glaucoma surgery & that cramped my rifle shooting ability. I can shoot the handguns with my left eye OK & I'm fortunate to have my own range to do so.

    5. Opposite corner is the work bench (also gets to hold some reloading stuff most of the time)
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check