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Thread: Reloading Deal of the Century

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    Reloading Deal of the Century

    Harbor Freight Hardwood Workbench, 60 x 34" with 4 drawers on sale for $115. If you have the room - buy 2.

    I've had mine for about 5 years - Great! One can't buy just the wood to build this workbench
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    Regards
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    Yup those are a bargain well worth that.

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    Yeah, Igot a couple a few years back. Can't build them for the price.

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    I've looked at them. The tops are not very thick. The rest seems ok if it gets hooked to the wall and floor.
    I have built better from free scrap lumber from pallets.
    The best was from spool boxes. Electric wire the utility company uses comes on big spools. These spools are shipped in large wooden boxes. These boxes are made from 6 inch wide 5/4 lumber. Not the best quality like from a lumber yard but is good stuff.
    Just need to let it season a bit first. It's not kiln dried. It can shrink after awhile.
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    One thing that helps these a lot is when assembling rough the surfaces up some and use glue in the joints also. I have one and used glue and added a board on the backs of the legs above the feet length wise. took a lot of the shake out. They are a good solid simple bench. Not as heavy as the one I just built for in the shop but are very useable. I loke the end cise and use it a lot for odd tools I mount on boards like trimmers priming tools. It can even be used for powder measures

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    Thanks for the heads up. Looks like a handy bench.
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    I put two in my reloading room. One for cleaning, work bench, etc. Like country gent stated they are easy to firm up and are also easy to put together.

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    How do you mount a press to this and still use the drawers?

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    Thanks John Boy
    I’ll check it out

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    Great bench...with a few easy modifications:

    Plug the holes in the top (plastic caps @ Home Depot)
    Throw away the lower shelf and replace with 2 x 6's (put some cinder blocks on the shelf if not attaching to wall)
    Reinforce the back using plywood/MDF (removes any wobble)
    Use a small piece of hardwood on the top to mount the press/strong-mount (reinforces cheapo top and adds some height so you can still use the top drawer)

    Pretty sure there pics of my setup (and lots of others) on bench pics thread...check em out. I learned a a lot (and stole a bunch of ideas) by scrolling though the bench pics thread.

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    I bought the Seville benches...one six foot and one four foot unit for my reloading room.
    Steel frame and heavy wooden top.
    Best price I found is through the Sam's Club site. No drawers but I have sufficient storage in cabinets. Plus I have another steel framed bench with two drawers plus custom shelving I added.
    Just a possible alternative to consider.

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    I have had this bench for about four years now. Love it. Have a 1050 and a 550 mounted to it.

    I anchored it to the wall studs, and the thing is rock solid. Great bench.
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    My Reloading Bench came from Ole's 35+yrs ago. Which became Eagle's and then Lowe's. It cost $30. No shelves or drawers. But a solid frame. I put a double thick top of laminated, glued & screwed on top of the 2"x 6" surface. Made a big shelf on the bottom frame with cross pieces that made a hidden shelf.
    With the 1/2" thick steel plates 6"wide by 18" long bolted thru the benchtop under each of the 2 presses. It is a pretty sturdy bench and it bolted to the garage frame. So it ain't going anywhere.

    And with the back "plate" top covered by a 4" deep shelf it makes a great place to store all 26 RCBS Little Dandy Rotors. Unfortunately the new #0 & #00 don't have boxes, so they get a little tray in the middle.

    To take advantage of the drawers, I guess you would have to mount your presses on a riser. Such as the nice ones made by Inline Fabrication.
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    I’ve got my RC attaches to the far right corner with C clamps and my 650 to the other side. You can firm it up or screw to a wall easily to remove wobble. Love mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phlier View Post
    I have had this bench for about four years now. Love it. Have a 1050 and a 550 mounted to it.

    I anchored it to the wall studs, and the thing is rock solid. Great bench.
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    Size/Prime a few cases when starting off with a progressive and put them aside. You can plug them back into the process when a bad/odd case screws up the priming station and continue loading.

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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