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Old 01-06-2010, 10:21   #1
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42 inch high work area?

Anyone have any good ideas they care to share. I have been thinking of moving my press to a standing setup and would like something about that high for that purpose. I know I can get 36 inch high cabinets and use a strong mount. I am just looking for other ideas.
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:29   #2
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Check w/ restaurant supply houses (there's one off of 6th Ave & I-225 in Aurora) as some of the work tables they have could be that height or at least have adjustable feet that you could always replace with a piece of all-thread and adjust to 42". The other option would be to either make/have made a custom bench/table.
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:42   #3
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My current benches are 40 inches high which make them perfect for me to load either standing or sitting on a high padded breakfast bar type chair.

I don't use a strong mount on any of my presses since the bench height and construction design negate the need for it. They are pretty cool but I just don't need them.

Wait a minute... aren't you a contractor? What the hell are you doing asking about buying benches... go buy some materials and custom build your own. Good grief... people hire you to do stuff like that!

It ain't a dialysis machine... no one is gonna live or die if it isn't perfect... we'll just make fun of you.

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Old 01-07-2010, 18:41   #4
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My current benches are 40 inches high which make them perfect for me to load either standing or sitting on a high padded breakfast bar type chair.

I don't use a strong mount on any of my presses since the bench height and construction design negate the need for it. They are pretty cool but I just don't need them.

Wait a minute... aren't you a contractor? What the hell are you doing asking about buying benches... go buy some materials and custom build your own. Good grief... people hire you to do stuff like that!

It ain't a dialysis machine... no one is gonna live or die if it isn't perfect... we'll just make fun of you.
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Exactly... I built a custom home 7 years ago and told the architect to leave the 5'' x 21' space below front porch open. These are 10" thick, steel reinforced, concrete foundation walls.

This is in the early phase of my portion of the project.

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This is the (standing height) gunsmithing bench at 44", though it could be used as a reloading center.


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Opposing wall at the other end. Bench height is 30-1/2".
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:25   #5
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I'd have to agree, this shouldn't be a difficult project for you. I'm pretty much a wood working/building idiot, and I built a bench off some easy plans I found on the internet(little pricey, but it was so simple for a retread like me). I'm sure someone w/ some sense for this sort of thing, could adapt them.

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Old 01-06-2010, 11:28   #6
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Actually, I am looking for ideas of stuff I can make. I don't really want to make anything too fancy as I may very well change my mind later. I will probably laminate a top of some sort. I am curious about ideas for legs and shelving perhaps under the legs. I am feeling a little cheap right now as well.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:29   #7
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I found thick laminated table top that came from a school, sometimes the used furniture stores has similar stuff.
I used 2x4s for the frame then bolted it to the wall and anchored it to the concrete floor, it doesn't move. I made it 43 high for standing but have a adjustable bar stool that works for sitting.
Feeling cheap? I've seen your set up, just frame under it raise it up and get oak 1x6 or 8 or 10,,trim boards.


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Old 01-06-2010, 12:32   #8
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Make a 2x6 base that the cabinets would sit on and attached too. Or any other 2x that well get you too the height you want Im sure I do not not need too tell you how too trim it. You can also do what I did for the top. I used 2x12 and 2x6 glued together and bolted together, than I screwed two sheets of MDF. The MDF that takes two men and a boy too pickup. On top of that I glued Formica on top and sides. I used butcher-block style. At one time I used white but the light shining on it would almost blind me. That well get you about 3 more.
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C4W, I built my main bench from 2x4s and (I think) 5/8" BC plywood, 2x4 legs, all assembled with 1/4" lagbolts. It's a full 8' long and I believe 18" deep, appx 38" off the floor. Exact measurements tonight. Top, and a single full length shelf, are plywood and are affixed with coarse thread sheetrock screws. Very simple construction for anyone half-proficient with a table saw. Plans were from scratch.

I tapped into an adjacent GFIC electric outlet using flex conduit and wired duplex outlets on the front of the bench as well as the light switch for the overhead flourescent light.

I took pics during frame construction and will see if I still have them tonight. If so, I'll post tonight.
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Actually, I am looking for ideas of stuff I can make. I don't really want to make anything too fancy as I may very well change my mind later. I will probably laminate a top of some sort. I am curious about ideas for legs and shelving perhaps under the legs. I am feeling a little cheap right now as well.
Okay, I used 4x4 for the legs, dado the legs I ran 2x6 for the front top than 2x4 on the sides and back for the top and bottom on the sides and back plywood. Also ran 2x4 from the top two bottoms also dado in. I also on use lag bolts too hold it all together. That way I could change things around and also where if need be I could take it all apart too move.
For the Shelves I used a sheet of plywood. On all of the uprights I used the metal strips for shelving and metal clips. That way I could change the height if need be. I made doors for the front. I used 1X12 Than stained inside and out, and put a durable coat on top of that. I do not remember what I used.
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Okay, I used 4x4 for the legs, dado the legs I ran 2x6 for the front top than 2x4 on the sides and back for the top and bottom on the sides and back plywood. Also ran 2x4 from the top two bottoms also dado in. I also on use lag bolts too hold it all together. That way I could change things around and also where if need be I could take it all apart too move.
For the Shelves I used a sheet of plywood. On all of the uprights I used the metal strips for shelving and metal clips. That way I could change the height if need be. I made doors for the front. I used 1X12 Than stained inside and out, and put a durable coat on top of that. I do not remember what I used.
Do you mind snapping a picture?
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Do you mind snapping a picture?
Only if you would like too buy me a camera. I well see if I can get my friend to take a picture. It might be a couple of days if he well do it.
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Only if you would like too buy me a camera. I well see if I can get my friend to take a picture. It might be a couple of days if he well do it.

WHAT! You mean a Dillon 650 doesn't come with a built in camera... I'm stunned, I thought Dillon machines made you dinner and cut the grass.

Huh, too bad. The LNL not only comes with a camera but they also send you a very nice looking young lady to actually take the pictures for you. That's what I no BS customer service.

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Actually, I am looking for ideas of stuff I can make. I don't really want to make anything too fancy as I may very well change my mind later. I will probably laminate a top of some sort. I am curious about ideas for legs and shelving perhaps under the legs. I am feeling a little cheap right now as well.
On the loading bench, I used 3 sections of double laminated 2" x 6" lumber, with 1" plywood on top, and finished with 1/8" ABS.

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This plan has been around for a while: http://www.shotgunsportsmagazine.com...ench_plans.pdf
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I built my bench, so it's whatever height I wanted. I tend to reload from a bar stool. I'd have to go measure the bench height. When I was doing most of the loading on a Rock Chucker, I didn't want to be standing for hours. Haven't done an extended loading session on the 550b, so I'm not sure if sitting or standing will be the routine.

I'll check on the bench height though.
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I built my bench 37" tall. I generally load standing. Of course it depends on what type of press you use, and how tall you are. I use both a single stage, a Turret and a Progressive-one is green one is blue and one is grey.
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Here are some photos of my primary bench. Constructed of 2x4s and 5/8" plywood, assembled with 1/4" lag bolts & screws, and sheetrock screws. The bench is 96"L x 24"D x 36"H. The single shelf is the same size as the top, notched at the legs and is 15 1/2" off the ground.

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Made from "scratch", one sheet of plywood and 5 or 6 2x4x8's, and lag bolts and screws of various lengths.

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4x4s for legs, 2x4s everywhere else, 3/4" plywood top, very simple construction. I believe I built it 37" or so high, which works fine for me to load standing. Of course you can easily cut the legs, and all the other dimensions, to whatever length you like.
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Your in luck my friend. I'm a cabinet maker and I can design something for you off my CAD program. It can be simple or something that someone would die for. Heck you helped me out.
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Your in luck my friend. I'm a cabinet maker and I can design something for you off my CAD program. It can be simple or something that someone would die for. Heck you helped me out.
I use Autocad 2000. What are you using? Here is the thing. I look at all the 2X4 stuff and I just don't want it to look that "Garage Like". But at the same time I don't want to put a ton of money into it either.

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That is what I have now. I can get 30 inch wide by 36 tall cabinets and raise them off the ground to get my 42 inch height. Thats easy. Each Cabinet would cost $150. Toe kick a little more becasue it's going to need to be about 6 inch's high. So for $300 I get two cabinets that match. Spread them out 30" and connect them with some adjustable shelving. It would be 90" wide with a cabinet on each end open in the middle. Then it would match. Add a little to the 300 to make the top. $400 at the most. So thats my upper end. But, if i can come up with something appealing that will be more "wife friendly" then bare wood that is less then $300 it would make sence. I just can't wrap my head around a plan that looks decent but wouldn't cost a lot more then what I can do with some basic Aristocraft cabinets and a cheap top. I was thinking of building a 2X2 frame (much like peoples 2X4/4X4 stuff) and then finish the outside with some 1X3 pine. So it would end up plenty strong once it's glued and nailed to eachother. I need to price some material. This would go right next to the other setup so I want it to look decent.
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Steve, where is your additional bench going to be located? There doesn't look like there's any room next to your current setup, or is that to be replaced? I completely understand your desire to have the finished product meet the necessary "approvals" - life could be a real b**** if it doesn't "pass". My setup is in the garage (she always says it's my garage) and admittedly would NOT work in your circumstance.
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Steve, where is your additional bench going to be located? There doesn't look like there's any room next to your current setup, or is that to be replaced? I completely understand your desire to have the finished product meet the necessary "approvals" - life could be a real b**** if it doesn't "pass". My setup is in the garage (she always says it's my garage) and admittedly would NOT work in your circumstance.

That current setup sits in a popout in my foundation wall. Just to the left of it is another wall about 20' long.

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Thanks for the ideas.
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I am not a fan of the lag screw or strong tie look. You can make kitchen quality cabinets with a table saw, router and a Kreg pocket hole jig. I have finished my bathroom cabinets with the pocket hole jig and I am now working on the kitchen. After that I will have time to build some for reloading.

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Just got off the phone with my friend and he well come over between now and Sunday and take some pictures of my reloading table. Unless something should happen between now and then.
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