Building the Perfect Reloading Room

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Take into consideration what equipment you'll be using and the amount of travel up and down your arm will need to operate the press
That is my problem right there. I don't have reloading experience. Thanks for the advice, great tips. I'll try to visit someone local who reloads so I can get an idea. Any other advice before I cut wood is welcomed! I have a clean slate room to work with so I have options.
Thanks fellas!
 

sirhrmechanic

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That is my problem right there. I don't have reloading experience. Thanks for the advice, great tips. I'll try to visit someone local who reloads so I can get an idea. Any other advice before I cut wood is welcomed! I have a clean slate room to work with so I have options.
Thanks fellas!
Read this whole thread...

There is probably more good information in building a reloading space than anywhere else on the Interwebs....

Start page one... then finish page 7. Then start cutting wood.

Some of the guys here have built incredible setups. With really genius little touches. Swing-out seats. Drawers. Rails. There is so much win here.

Cheers,

Sirhr
 
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Read this whole thread...

There is probably more good information in building a reloading space than anywhere else on the Interwebs....

Start page one... then finish page 7. Then start cutting wood.

Some of the guys here have built incredible setups. With really genius little touches. Swing-out seats. Drawers. Rails. There is so much win here.

Cheers,

Sirhr
I believe you and I will definitely do that, thanks.
 

ken4570tc in WY

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That is my problem right there. I don't have reloading experience. Thanks for the advice, great tips. I'll try to visit someone local who reloads so I can get an idea. Any other advice before I cut wood is welcomed! I have a clean slate room to work with so I have options.
Thanks fellas!
Something that would help, is building the bench with adjustable height legs. It can be done easily with embedded 1/2" t-nuts and inverted carriage bolts with a jam nut to lock the threads. I've done this for a shop work bench. It also helps to make sure the bench is as level as possible whenever moved to a new location. Cup style floor protectors can be used under the bolt heads to prevent marring. Think of adjustable bolts on the bottom of stoves, fridges, washers and dryers. The hole in the 4"x4" leg can easily be drilled to accommodate as long a carriage bolt as necessary to give a wide range of height adjustment and the square shoulder works great to get on with a crescent wrench.
 
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My bench height is 36”. I stand while I reload AND my presses are on Dillon mounts that effectively add 8 and 3/4” to the press height. I’m 6’1” for perspective.
 

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Make it to fit YOU. I am 6’5, so for my bench I went a little higher with navel height, and I couldnt be happier. For others it’d be too high, but who cares, this is your bench! I can comfortably use my press, work on rifles, and do whatever else I do when Im puttering around the room, all without sore shoulders or neck due to constantly being hunched over. If you have a shorter minion helping, a step stool or a shop chair with height adjustability works just fine.
 

ken4570tc in WY

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Make it to fit YOU. I am 6’5, so for my bench I went a little higher with navel height, and I couldnt be happier. For others it’d be too high, but who cares, this is your bench! I can comfortably use my press, work on rifles, and do whatever else I do when Im puttering around the room, all without sore shoulders or neck due to constantly being hunched over. If you have a shorter minion helping, a step stool or a shop chair with height adjustability works just fine.
Airw4ves, called it right! I checked and found my ideal bench height is at the navel.
 
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Does anyone have plans that details the dimensions of their bench and materials list? Went to National Reloading where they have plans listed but none of the links work to take you to the PDF.
 

Jammer Six

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Step One.

Spalted Maple reloading bench.

The maple was a tree that blew down in a windstorm. Broadleaf Maple. (Acer Macrophylus.) I cut it into six foot lengths, cultured it and allowed it to spalt for thirteen months, then I cut it up and kiln dried it to 7%.

The size is intentionally small. (I have the rest of the tree in the kiln.) It is designed to hold two presses, a scale and a Chargemaster at the very, very most. I have large benches in the shop downstairs. If you saw them, you'd know why this one is so small. None of my benches look like the other benches in this thread. If I made them the way you guys made them, you wouldn't be able to see the press in ten days.

P.S. I'm never sawing up another tree. Really.
 
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Jammer Six

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Step two.

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Uh, oh. This footprint is bigger than I thought it would be. For some idiot's reason I didn't think it would be much bigger than my Square Deal. I should have waited until I had the press in hand. Mistake #1. Don't think a Chargemaster, a T-7 and an electronic scale are all going to fit. Might have to drop the new press off the strongmount.
 
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Update. Moved in last week. Finally was able to get started on the reloading room. I have to finish the bench top before mounting the press and all the other shit that goes on it but its getting there.
 

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Uh, oh. This footprint is bigger than I thought it would be. For some idiot's reason I didn't think it would be much bigger than my Square Deal. I should have waited until I had the press in hand. Mistake #1. Don't think a Chargemaster, a T-7 and an electronic scale are all going to fit. Might have to drop the new press off the strongmount.
Or, use a plate or change out system that allows you to run different presses without drilling that nice bench full of holes. Inline Fabrication comes to mind.
 
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gconnoyer

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Not perfect by any means, but I think its a pretty decent setup. (actually built it to fit a spare room in my old house, and just set it up in the basement of the new house so I have way more room now)
Probably going to add on to the table and build alot more cubby storage.

12' long with a 2ft "L" addition to the right.
37.5" from the floor to the top of the butchers block top.

The L is perfect for using the press and keeping it out of the way when I'm not seating bullets.
I built and extra 4ft onto the left side and threw a 3/4" horsemat on top for a workspace for any guns and easy cleanup for solvents.

Some cheapo organizers from Menards that I figured I'd stack up and make a little workspace with storage on top so I have the full 2ft depth of the bench.

Going to build another 4 to 8ft addition to add onto the "L" on the right, slide a cheap tool box under the table top, and stack the shelves as storage instead of gun display for pictures lol Sadie-2.jpg Sadie-3.jpg