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Old 09-16-2014, 00:49   #1
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Harbor Freight Bench


So I need a new and bigger loading bench now that I have more space. I am seriously considering the 60 inch Harbor freight bench. For those that have it. Is it strong enough? Specifically I am concerned about top flex. The bench I have now is 1.5 inches of Ply on top of 2x6's 12 inches apart and crossbraced. I want to have something at least this sturdy if not more so. I can screw it into the wall (hopefully, its an outside wall so would have to go into the block with tapcons) and can even weigh it down with several hundred lbs of lead and brass. I could make this thing weigh as much as a car so movement would not be a problem I am like I said mostly concerned with top flex. I would rather not have to buy something only to have to heavily modify it. For the cost of this I could get the lumber for it but if time is included in there, no way it makes sense to build if this will really work well. Would be for 1 progressive , maybe another progressive in the future and my single stage and of course all the little stuff.

Hope to get some opinions from those that use this sucker for both pistol and rifle loading. Swaging may also be in the future.

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Old 09-16-2014, 05:36   #2
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The picture(s) of the 60" workbench harbor freight shows looks to be fine. The only thing I would install different is a 3/4" plywood top.

I had a workbench "similar" to this one 20 years of so ago... too much give in the metal legs, by the time I got done securing & re-enforcing that thing - I could had built one twice the size & strength.

I built a bench similar to the one show here;

4x4 legs (you could use 2x4's also), I split a 4x8 sheet of 3/4" plywood and that makes the top & bottom shelves. I tacked on the top of the plywood with a piece of 1/4" or 3/16" MFD board (smooth side up), so when it gets trashed... just remove it and place another cover piece on and your good to go.

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Old 09-16-2014, 07:57   #3
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Not a problem… I’ve had mine several years with both a XL650 a Super 1050 and a Horandy Classic SS mounted. I have not bothered with adding an extra surface layer of MDF or plywood but did put a “L” bracket bolted to the surface and anchored to a stud in the wall.

The 2 things I highly recommend are… invest in a bottle of wood glue take the time to glue and clamp all the joints including the drawers and add a scrap piece of 1 by 2 as a cross bar under the lower shelf (greatly increases the shelf capacity).

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Old 09-16-2014, 18:41   #4
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I clamped a sheet of 3/4" plywood on the top of the bench, mounted the press to that. Still solid as a rock . Darn fine bench for the price , even if it is a communist product.
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Old 09-16-2014, 19:07   #6
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I would say unless you are completely woodworking challenged. I would build a table and make it wider and as long as you can. Think of what size you think you will need then double it. You can have the wood cut at the hardware store if need be.
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