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JD

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Black & Decker portable reloading bench
« on: July 14, 2010, 10:10:31 PM »
I was just reading the Recommend a Press thread and the Black & Decker Workmate reloading bench was mentioned. Figured I'd post the one this guy made...

6mmBR.com - Sept. 2006 Archive - "Projects--Portable Reloading Bench"



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Projects--Portable Reloading Bench: Here's a great do-it-yourself project for the winter. Texan Robert Lewis made himself a great portable reloading bench from plywood mounted to a Black & Decker Workmate. The bench, roughly 22" x 19" on top, folds up to fit easily in your car's trunk or behind the seats in a pick-up truck cab. Four recessed bolts hold the wood top section to the collapsible B&D Workmate. (larger photo). The sides and back of the unit are attached to the base with small nails. There is a small shelf (also nailed in place) which can be used to clamp a powder measure or hold a scale. Shown in the photo is a Harrell's Benchrest measure (upper left) and Harrell's single-stage "C" press.

The whole unit can be built for about $65.00 with pine, or $80.00 with oak (as shown). Robert explained: "The Workmate was $40. If someone bought a 2'x4' sheet of 3/4" oak plywood, I think it is around $30. Using pine plywood would be about half that. Fasteners were $3. Spar Urethane would be $5."

Robert told us: "I used a couple ideas I found on the web. The Larry Willis website  gave me the idea to use the Black and Decker Workmate as a base. I found the Workmate on sale for $40 and the top is made from oak plywood I had in my shop. I sealed the wood with three coats of Spar Urethane. The whole thing folds into a nice package for transportation to and from the range." Click here to view a set of plans.


 * I was going to do this, bought a Workmate and everything. Can't set up my workspace at this time though.


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Re: Black & Decker portable reloading bench
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2010, 11:13:11 PM »
That's 10X nicer than my first workmate reloading bench.  You can get something "good enough" with less effort than that even, just a flat surface of some kind (I used plywood that I C-clamped to the workmate).  Whether rough like mine, or nicely finished and done up like the one in the pic though, the workmate is one way to get a compact setup going that can be easily taken down if you need the space for something else.

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Re: Black & Decker portable reloading bench
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2010, 12:49:50 AM »
That's pretty slick.
Utah

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Re: Black & Decker portable reloading bench
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2010, 08:52:53 AM »
Very interesting.  Thanks!

Ben


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