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 Posted: Thu Jan 21st, 2010 12:10 AM
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OK Folks, I've been reloading for 6 months with my equipment clamped to my table saw. I finally broke down and built a dedicated reloading bench (60 x 24) and I've just realized that I have absolutely no idea how to best lay out the equipment.

My first thought was to mount the single stage press to the far right, the case trimmer to the far left, and the powder measure behind the trimmer on the left of the bench which would leave the middle of the bench open for work. I stuck the gear down with carpet tape as a trial but it just doesn't "feel" right. Any ideas? Is there a "best way" to lay out a bench? Thanks.



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 Posted: Thu Jan 21st, 2010 12:18 AM
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I think it's more what works for you for me all of my powder mesureing is done in the middle of my bench. but my press is to the right obiously being right handed and all and put shelves above for manuals and powders and primers. i think you need the feal for your self



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Look for the topic that asks for pictures of "your" reloading bench, on this forum.   Anyway if you find it you could see how others have set up their benches.  

 

Look here in "handloadersbench"

Forum = Tools of the Trade

Topic = Reloading bench photo request

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it's under tools of the trade :wink :

http://www.handloadersbench.com/forum12/4694.html

it really does kinda matter which way works best for u ,my main press my scale is immediately to the right of it and behind it with space for the trickler just to the right of that is my powder measure and i have a lil work room on the left side for case trays bullet boxes etc etc i'm not quite ambidextrous, a left or right hand guy may prefer something else



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I lived in 5 different homes and a couple of apartments. With each new bench a couple of things have been constant.
1. Good lighting and as the eyes get older lot more of it.
2. A shelf that allow the scale to be at eye level and centrally located near the presses.

The first Law concerning the reloading bench is: no matter how it's set up there will never enough shelf or bench space.



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My reloading bench is also my workbench in the end of the garage.
I have the powder measure to left on the edge of the bench, the scale & trickler sit on top of a bench top drill press, at eye level, in the center behind the work area and the single stage press is mounted to the right. Manuals are on a shelf above the drill press. Light above all. I use the LEE trimmer system so I can trim anywhere, usually in the house in the A/C. I keep all consumables in the house and only take to the garage what I'm working on at the time.



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I think, in the reloading process the press and its location plays a major role.

If one has enough place to mount the press central on the bench with enough room left at both sides of the press to work from left to right or otherwise around I think one is able to work efficient.

The other tools like powder measure stand, case trimmer, ideally should  have a clamp to fixate them at convenience on the bench, depending at the job on hand.

I had everything bolted down to my bench, just to find out the tools were in my way most of the time.

My scale is mounted separated from the bench on an old  adjustable computer monitor wall attachment in such a way that the scale is at eye level, and has no trouble with the vibrating of the bench when the press is used.



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all folks can do is show you what they have and tell why they like it that way.  then it's up to you to tweek to your liking.

my bench in the pic is set up just how i want it.

you'll hear lots of folks talk about how they have various components stored here, locked down there that they will bring to their bench when they want to use, then return to their various areas.  all in efforts to lessen the chances of mistakes.  the way i run my show, i've never run into such issues, so i wanted all my component parts at hands reach when i was at the bench.  bullets, primers, powder, dies, reloading resources.  all neatly ordered at the back of the bench.  a large drawer was installed for various odds and end type tools that i don't always need but like to have quick access to.  brass, nicely ordered, is on the floor under the bench because of the space they take up.  and current development projects at various stages of progression on a shelf at knees level under the main working area.

i'm right handed.  i wanted a relatively large, clear work area in the center of the bench.  i have two presses and my priming press mounted to the far right.  common sense, as they're out of the way and then easily accessable for a me when it's time to size, prime, seat bullets.  my case trimmer is to the far left mounted on a spacer that serves to raise the thing 1 1/2" or so cause i was always banging my knuckles on the desk when it was directly mounted.

the beauty of "the bench" is a fella's ability to set things up exactly how you want it.  so the process flows for them.

this is what works for me.  good luck getting yours arranged.


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Paul Tummers wrote:
The other tools like powder measure stand, case trimmer, ideally should  have a clamp to fixate them at convenience on the bench, depending at the job on hand.

I had everything bolted down to my bench, just to find out the tools were in my way most of the time.



I use a similar set up.  After years of having everything mounted to the bench top, I now have the trimmer, powder dispenser and priming tool bolted to individual boards.  When I need the tool, I use "C" clamps to hold then to the bench top.  When not in use, they are stored on a top shelf. 

This leaves only the press mounted to the bench top.  Being right handed, the press is mounted to the right side of the bench.

I made a shelving unit from 1X6's that sits on top of the bench against to wall to store dies and bullets.  The bench top is 24" W X 66" L.  The shelves take up very little space.

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I've decided to resign from reloading and give all my stuff away.

That klallen pic shames me all to hell.

Or maybe I should take "neat" lessons from him!

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If necessary, buy a broom, but do not quit reloading!

I once did and the investments I had to make afterwards did cost me as much as a good used car!



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Not to worry, Paul. Jes' joking. Reloading has been a "lifestyle" thing for me for over 50 years. Too late to quit!



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I have been at the reloading game for a number of years and in 4 different homes.  THis bench as been in the last two and in current useage.  Looks to be crowded but each machine can be removed via 3 bolts that hold the units via mounting boards w/common bolt patterns to the common bolt patterns pre-drilled bench top.  Some of the machines are direct bolted to the bench top.  I have my scale at eye level at the back of bench behind the loading presses.  Trimmer can be bolted as needed in predrilled holes in the bench top as are there for the various presses/tools. I can rotate tools as needed.  Note spare presses, bullet sizer stored under bench.  The picture will explain it best. 

Note the loading area at the far left in pic.  This is dedicated to my BP cartridge loading.  It has a press bolted to top on left and a drop tube on the right.  "Stuff" is on the shelves.  Directly across the room from this set up (not in pic) is a overhead cabinet/counter top cabinet area that stores the powder/dies/primers/molds/loaded ammo etc.

As you can see from this and the other ideas/pics the loading bench can be whatever fits your needs and you WILL make changes I am willing to wager.  Set up your reloading bench and ENJOY!

 

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Now that is a reloading room!

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I like your place!

Whish, I had your shotgun reloading equipment- am still thinking about picking shotgun reloading up as well, problem is, lead shot is abandoned here, and my old shotguns are not steel-proofed, so I should load either Bismuth- or some other soft shot, which is a trouble to get at a reasonable price.

You have indeed room enough to "work around "the presses.

What I had, was that I always had to find room between the bench-mounted tools to do what I wanted to do, and still had the reloading block on my lap.

Now I can work with 2 blocks, one on either side of the press or powder measure, which speeds up quite a bit.

Another advantage is, I can easy clean the bench top-I like a clean surrounding to work in.



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the othe end of the reloading area with storage area and "work" bench area...in the tool chest are the smaller tools needed in reloading ie mic's, vernier calipers etc, gunsmith screwdrivers and etc....the little things that need keeping.

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might as well go whole hog here............the rest of the story....to steal a quote...the "machine shop" area for the small stuff one needs to make or repair to keep going....

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IBD, that's a great set-up. Obviously a lot of thought and expertise went into it.

But it's NOT a "reloading room." It's a full-fledged "reloading studio"!



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About a year ago looked like this



the rockchucker is mounted on a frame fabricated from 1 1/2  square tubing designed to breakdown and take to the range  also isolates the movement of the press from the  RCBS Chargemaster

powder has moved to shelves built in an older small Stack-on 16 gun safe.



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Thanks for the comments on my corner of the basement......it took many years to accumulate all of the "stuff" in there & I had to move most of it three times......that was the hard part......& moving van companies won't take any powder/primers/ammo type of stuff.....hee,hee I did get them tho when they had to move my lead stash....'cept you pay by the Lb to move stuff......good thing company footed bill both times.......next move is on me.

Mights' well go for broke and get the last corner of the reloading room in.......

one might call this the catch-all corner.....related "stuff" mostly......it takes in the BP bench area and part of the "machine shop" area also....if you look UP closely you can see the long bow/arrows I made a couple yrs ago.  Does making my own arrows give points towards "reloading"?????


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