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Build your own Reloading bench (with plans)


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#1 The Architect

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Posted September 23 2010 - 10:57 AM

Easy-to-Build Basic Bench
Simpson, maker of Strong-Tie fasteners, offers FREE Workbench Plans for a sturdy, 48″-wide bench with a pegboard backing and both upper and lower shelves. A complete list of fasteners and cut lengths is provided. For use as a loading bench with mounted presses, double-up the bench-top for extra ridigity. Without much difficulty, the plans can be adapted to build a wider bench if you prefer. The same downloadable document also contains plans for an 80″-high 6-shelf unit, a 72″-high heavy-duty shelving unit (with 4 shelves), and a 48″-wide heavy-duty table.


Corner Bench with Swinging Doors
The next design is rather unique — a corner bench with swing-out cabinets. This reloading bench is based on plans by M. L. McPherson as published in the October 1993 American Rifleman. The compact footprint that makes good use of corner space that is usually poorly utilized. This set of plans is provided by from Ray-Vin.com, which sells scope stands, shooting carts, sight accessories, and AR15 parts.

Classic NRMA Bench with Cabinets
The last bench design is a large, versatile bench with a full set of enclosed overhead cabinets. A National Reloding Manufacturers Association (NRMA) design, this bench requires many hours to build, but it will house all your reloading gear and provide a very stable platform for your presses.This bench was designed to be as versatile as possible to meet the needs of most reloaders. However, the bench design can easily be customized. For instance, it can be made larger or smaller to meet space requirements or quantities of equipment and components. As it is currently designed, the work area is about waist-high for a 6′2″ person. This can be adjusted to fit your height simply by making the legs longer or shorter

(See attachments for specific reloading diagrams.)


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#2 perimedik

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Posted September 23 2010 - 11:17 AM

TAG for when I remodel the basement shop...

#3 John L

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Posted September 23 2010 - 11:23 AM

I built the nrma bench about 10 yrs. ago worked out great .

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Posted September 23 2010 - 11:31 AM

Due to severe lack of space, and the dirty looks the wife is giving me, I am forced into this setup:
Building begins after I close the pool, fix the molding, patch this.......2011 is my best guess! ??) ??) ??) ??)

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Posted September 23 2010 - 11:35 AM

My bench is the old shop bench (for now)
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Simple and functional.
I would like to dedicate a space so I don't have to work around stuff.

#6 TheProfessional

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Posted September 23 2010 - 12:05 PM

Thanks, Gonna have to build one soon. the basic bench looks like all ill need

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Posted December 18 2010 - 04:49 AM

Due to severe lack of space, and the dirty looks the wife is giving me, I am forced into this setup:
Building begins after I close the pool, fix the molding, patch this.......2011 is my best guess! ??) ??) ??) ??)


I love it......at least you found a use for yours...my workmate is sitting in a corner.in fact it has been living there for over 8 years....

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Posted December 18 2010 - 07:15 AM

Anyone have a workmate they may want to sell ? if so PM me ...That little bench looks like something I could setup in the living room to give me something to do while the Mrs. watches Oprah and the Hallmark channel ....

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Posted September 29 2012 - 08:46 AM

I built one bench its not good for cleaning my guns , I going make a new bench for cleaning and the old one for reloading ,its already set up for reloading , thanks for the info on the 3 different benches you talked about ,geoff3

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Posted February 12 2013 - 02:20 PM

Are the attachments missing?

#11 SigSauer228

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Posted February 12 2013 - 02:39 PM

I'm going to use the bench in my garage for reloading.

Drilled and screwed these anchors in place so I can remove the press when not in use.

Attached File  anchors.jpg   68.91KB   36 downloads

This is the reloading station so far.

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#12 minuteman1970

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Posted February 12 2013 - 03:01 PM

Very nice!

What's the approximate cost of materials for building one of these benches?

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Posted February 12 2013 - 03:07 PM

Got mine in the garage as well...good thing for portable electric heaters :fie Attached File  P1020882.JPG   74.46KB   54 downloadsAttached File  P1020886.JPG   89.63KB   59 downloads

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Posted February 12 2013 - 08:33 PM

Here are the files.

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Posted February 14 2013 - 03:27 PM

Just finished my bench recently..... no plans, just built it....

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Only one issue.... keeping my wife from claiming the space for her quilting!!!

#16 357Guy

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Posted February 14 2013 - 03:49 PM

Nice...like the chair!

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Posted February 14 2013 - 03:51 PM

Thanks! My wife spotted an old rocking chair on the curb and grabbed it. "Can you fix it" she asked..... Yes, yes I can! Damned comfi for reloading in! :-)

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Posted February 14 2013 - 04:00 PM

Thanks! My wife spotted an old rocking chair on the curb and grabbed it. "Can you fix it" she asked..... Yes, yes I can! Damned comfi for reloading in! :-)

4 wheel drive too!! Nice inovation...not a suprise ur into reloading. :good :good

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Posted February 14 2013 - 04:50 PM

Just finished my bench recently..... no plans, just built it....

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Only one issue.... keeping my wife from claiming the space for her quilting!!!


That is easy just leave globs of grease on the work surface.

#20 mattyj513

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Posted February 14 2013 - 05:50 PM

my bench, wraps around the left side as well. added the vise after the first pic was taken. made a custom pull chain for the light in the room too.




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