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Thread: Press that doesn't turn bench over?

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    Boolit Master Mike Kerr's Avatar
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    I looked at the pictures of the Wamadet press which were on the link posted by Walter Laich. They looked well made but I don't understand how they work. Are they like an Arbor press? Neat looking design.

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    Wamadet press - The die moves, case holder stays in place; Directions at https://www.scribd.com/document/3247...DET-Portapress

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenstone View Post
    Something like this with enough 1ft square patio blocks added to the shelf to stabilize it.
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    Really though, nothing beats attaching the back of the top to a wall for primer seating.
    I just picked up a tool stand like this for $5 at Goodwill. I have Forster Co-ax press I've been planning on setting up for an indoor press (way too cold to do anything in my unheated shop). I never thought of building a riser like that to put it over the center, it'll probably also help put it at a level conducive to using a normal chair to sit and work. Thanks for posting this.

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    I built a leg directly under the press with a flange that clamps to the table edge. Inflaming a C- vise grip, allows me to set the press off to the side and clear my small table. The base is a small farm disc blade, which widens the base too. It also allows me to raise the press above standard table height, which I prefer. hc18flyer

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    Quote Originally Posted by richhodg66 View Post
    I just picked up a tool stand like this for $5 at Goodwill. I have Forster Co-ax press I've been planning on setting up for an indoor press (way too cold to do anything in my unheated shop). I never thought of building a riser like that to put it over the center, it'll probably also help put it at a level conducive to using a normal chair to sit and work. Thanks for posting this.
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    Instead of changing your press, why not change your bench? This is cheaper than a new press, and it's as secure as it gets. The uprights are tied to the concrete floor below and the ceiling joists above.

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    Elkins - I really like what you did with the threaded rod. Been wanting to do that myself on a small bench. Thanks for posting the pics, very helpful.
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    I use one of these with one of my Rock Chuckers mounted to it.


    I was recently running 9mm Lugar brass through a 9mm Mak sizing die and bulge buster. Every once in a while I would get a fat case and have to use 2 hands and put all my weight on it to get the case to go through. Not once did it ever act like it was going to tip over.

    FYI. I have added a piece of 1/4 inch plate to the underside of the top to take some of the flex out.
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    Here is a very short video of a compact press bench. It takes up the same amount of space as a kitchen chair. Indeed it is made from a kitchen chair. It is crude looking but works great. The video shows the idea of getting the fulcrum well behind the front legs. Basically all you need to do with any reloading bench is to do that in some way. Then you are good to go.
    (I tried to edit this video so it is not sideways but it doesn't stay so you will have to download it and play it 270 degees rotated in order to view it correctly. Sorry if someone would care to splain how I can fix that I would be grateful.)
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    Boolit Master MOA's Avatar
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    I think this is the type of press that meets your requirements for non-tipping.

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    I have built may benches in the past. Its about mechanical advantage. Basically have a deep bench and put the press behind the level of the front legs as much as possible. The worst possible way to set up a press is to have a narrow base and wide top. That's just looking for trouble.
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    I have a reloading room with lots of mounted presses, but two modified co-ax presses get used the most.

    But for reloading while hunting 900 miles from here....
    I had an SUV with two partner presses,

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    but I gave the SUV to my daughter and bought a truck and camper.

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    I mount the partner presses in the camper with the 1.5" dining table mount.

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    I drilled a 1.5" hole in a counterbalanced [6x14" beam and a pin gauge set] typing table and then the partner presses in the camper can come into the house and are on wheels to cosy up to my computer seat, where i watch youtube and reload easy repetitive stuff.

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    Lee makes the nifty Lee Reloading Stand, can mount a press and affordable price.
    The Buchanan Press doesn't even need a bench mount , quality to boot.
    And if you're really strapped for cash and space the Lee hand press is affordable and doesn't need a bench mount. I load a lot with these while sitting at a desk or table.
    Some presses have a reversible linkage, I have mine set up to size on the pull up stroke...this eliminates the force being applied down to the bench front edge . I also find pulling up easier on my arm/shoulder.

    I will have to say the Lee Hand Press I bought years ago is one of my favorite tools. In fact I bought a second just in case they stopped making them....I wanted a back up. One of Lee's very good idea's for the space impared or benchless reloader.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOA View Post
    Boy what would we do if most kitchens didn't have a counter end to use. :-0
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    I must have moved 35 times since 1980. Got so tired of making benches that I quit doing it in 1988. If the residence does not have a kitchen island or counter top end I find another place to live.
    I removed the cutting board and cut some plywood to fit the opening and jambed a 2x4 under the end and mounted my reloading equipment to it.
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