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Lets see your desk or bench!
« on: March 12, 2013, 10:20:13 am »
I don't have one to start it out yet, sorry.
Post up pics of your reloading area.
What does your bench look like? Why is it that way? What would you change about it?
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    Re: Lets see your desk or bench!
    « Reply #1 on: March 12, 2013, 11:50:57 am »
    Mine is kinda in disarray right now:

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    Re: Lets see your desk or bench!
    « Reply #2 on: March 12, 2013, 11:59:26 am »
    Good Lord, how'd you start, by throwing in a grenade?!  :shocked

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    Re: Lets see your desk or bench!
    « Reply #3 on: March 12, 2013, 12:57:10 pm »
    Good Lord, how'd you start, by throwing in a grenade?!  :shocked

    Why? Would you do it the boring way with sledge hammers and sawzalls?
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    Re: Lets see your desk or bench!
    « Reply #4 on: March 12, 2013, 01:20:07 pm »
    Well, I don't have a Class III license, so yeah...

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    Re: Lets see your desk or bench!
    « Reply #5 on: March 12, 2013, 04:07:04 pm »
    Looks like youve been rolling your own .416 or 50BMG! (AKA Pipebombs!)
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    Re: Lets see your desk or bench!
    « Reply #6 on: March 12, 2013, 05:40:06 pm »
    While I don't have a picture, I can describe my bench.  I used 1 4'X8' sheet of 5/8" MDF, and cut it in half.  I nailed each of these to the top of 2X4 frames, bolted it to the wall and added a couple of legs to the front corners.

    This gave me two benches.  One was for casting the other was for reloading.  On the casting bench from left to right I had:  Stack of molds, towels, and various tools such as a spoon, thermometer, etc.  Next up was a 20 lb Lee pot and a 10 lb lee pot, both on 8" platforms for additional height. In front of the pots, which were against the wall, was an area kept clear for my hands/molds during use.  Usually there was a towel laid down here for when I was air-cooling bullets, as well as to rest a hot mold on while the sprue cooled when running two molds.  Next to the towel was a 1.5 gallon plastic ice cream pail 1/3 full of water with a steel colander in the bottom.  This is for quenching bullets from the mold.  This covered just over 5' of bench.  Next was the lachmiller lubrisizer, then my stacks of tin and solder.  Lead was under the bench.

    On the other bench, from left to right:  Again I started with bins containing all the dies, tools, etc.  Next to this was a open work area about 2.5-3' long.  Next, my RCBS rockchucker was mounted, followed about 12" further down by the Dillon Square Deal B.

    Hope that helps.
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    Re: Lets see your desk or bench!
    « Reply #7 on: March 13, 2013, 08:00:27 pm »
    No pics, but here's a description-

    4X8 piece of 1 1/2" thick high density particle board covered with white Formica.  Height is set so I can run my Dillon 650 comfortably either standing, or seated on a tall bar stool.  Mounted solid to the wall, mid way between the corners of the room.  That gives me three sides to work from.  The 650 is on the front right corner facing the room, the brass trimmer is mounted to the front left corner, and the Rockchucker press is set up so I can run it seated facing the 4 foot side of the desk between the trimmer and the wall.  Under the desk is left open for buckets of brass, and I leave the center of the bench as an open area to use as a workbench.
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    Re: Lets see your desk or bench!
    « Reply #8 on: March 15, 2013, 11:45:58 pm »
    Took a break from my vacation of hunting and trapping coyotes to put this together and roll some .40 for the first time.
    Hornady HAP 180gn, 5.5gn of Bullseye. Rolled a dozen, ill try some in my Glock 22, 27, and my Sub2000 and see how they like it, but I got a feeling already that its a keeper!
    Smooshed in between the table saw, the deep freeze, and the stairs in the garage, is my new first time setup!


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    Lets see your desk or bench!
    « Reply #9 on: March 16, 2013, 08:24:10 am »


    Work in progress.
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    Re: Lets see your desk or bench!
    « Reply #10 on: March 16, 2013, 01:01:07 pm »
    I'm going to try and clean up my office today, then maybe I can get a picture. 
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    Re: Lets see your desk or bench!
    « Reply #11 on: March 16, 2013, 07:12:08 pm »
    Nope...no pics here yet as I haven't finished my closet and rearrangement of the office yet.
    About half done though.

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    « Reply #12 on: March 18, 2013, 12:44:33 am »
    Ok, finally got the office cleaned and did a quick panoramic view.   First up,  computer/reloading desks side by side.   These are a couple of old steel office desks I bought at the Boeing surplus store in Wichita.    The first one I paid $5 for.   The second was $10 or $15 a few years later when I needed something to mount my reloading press to.   That one was also missing the center drawer, but I didn't need that anyway since it would have interfered with the press mounting.   My dog, Zoe, decided to make a guest appearance in the photo.

    Next is my bookshelves full of various SF paperbacks.   I'm a little short on shelf space and I'm overflowing the capacity.  I've just had these cheap s___ty particle board shelves from Wal Mart since I was in college.  I think I might get some custom ones built out of solid wood that will cover that whole wall someday.  That's most of my brother in laws comic collection on top there.

    Next shot is the area behind my desks.  You can see Zoe's dog bed, window that looks out towards the stairway, the paper shredder, another shelf full of old textbooks, RPG books, reference books, and some hardbacks that don't fit with the paperbacks, and my safe.   

    Last shot is back around towards the computer desk and the window that looks outside.

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    « Reply #13 on: March 20, 2013, 05:54:33 pm »
    WOW! Your wife gave you your own room! Sweet!


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    « Reply #14 on: March 24, 2013, 05:01:18 pm »
    Yeah, it is nice having an office with my stuff in it.  After taking the pictures, I realized I need some posters or something to put on the walls.  It looks like it is kind of barren.   

    Fortunately we have a decent amount of room in this place.   We happened to see this house come up for sale about a year ago, and went ahead and bought it because the price was right.   We weren't really looking to move, but it was a good opportunity.  It's an upgrade over the house I already had before we met, and it allowed me to put that one up for rent to make some extra cash.   I've been renting  it out to a friend of mine since July.  I'm charging him a bit less than what I could get for it on the open market,  but he's taking good care of it (probably better than I did),  and he's always good with paying on time.     

    One nice thing about this house is having the office and extra bedroom in the basement provides plenty of room to store all my miscellaneous gun junk.  I'm know my wife appreciates actually having a closet to put all her stuff in.  Since I already owned the old house before we met,  we didn't really have enough space for all her stuff when she moved in.   I was using up the entire walk-in closet in the bedroom, had a bunch of other miscellaneous crap laying around the basement, and there was a big pile of ammo next to the bedroom door. 
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    « Reply #15 on: March 24, 2013, 06:11:01 pm »
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    « Reply #16 on: March 24, 2013, 06:22:55 pm »
    It's a good thing, but my wife failed to see it that way. Eventually had to move most of it to the basement at the old house.   I'm glad I've got my own storage area for it now at the new one.   Having a few hundred extra square feet is a big help.   
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    « Reply #17 on: June 05, 2013, 05:31:38 pm »
    Back and right side wall of my "workshop" area in my barn. 
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    « Reply #18 on: June 05, 2013, 06:29:29 pm »
    Where's the reloading stuff?
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    « Reply #19 on: June 06, 2013, 05:00:34 pm »
    Yeah, I see your point!  I was just focusing on the bench, itself.  The photo was taken too far back.

    You had to ask (he he) so here is a little detail: 

    If you look closely (apologies), you'll see the single stage turret press on the bench to the right of the chair and left of the bench grinder.  I've never made the jump to progressive loading.   There are some loading blocks with 5.56 cases in them to the left of the press and to the right of the big red bench vice.  A number of loading books (Speer, Nosler and Barnes) are behind and to the left of the vice along the back wall next to the machinists chest.

    The turrets in the six hole press are presently set up for 5.56 and for 6mm Remington.   The press is another story all together.  I've had several different "O" type presses over the years, both singles and turrets and have ended up selling each of them because I have never found anything as good as the . . . circa 1961-62 Herter 234 press you see there.  The thing is cast iron with a one inch thick, eight inch diameter top plate of machine steel.  It takes standard dies (including an insert for shotshell dies) but I had to get a small machined adapter for the ram to use newer shell holders, which are smaller in diameter (read:  not as strong).  The old saying "they sure don't make them like they used to" certainly applies to that one.  It was inherited.  I can't begin to imagine what it would cost to make that press today.

    I keep all of the remaining loading dies, shell holders, case lube pads and primers in one of the lower cabinets, along with more loading blocks, two balance beam type scales and some gunsmithing stuff that I'll not get into now.

    The Lyman digital scale is on one of the shelves in the tall cabinet to the right where all the powder and some other gun hobby stuff (lubricants, bore cleaners and such) are located. 

    On the far right, just to the right of the air compressor is a floor standing drill press with a cross-slide vice presently holding a Lyman setup for case length trimming for 5.56 cases.  I can trim a lot of them very quickly with that. 

    The little stuff like dial calipers, micrometers and all the tiny pieces-parts like large and small pocket crimp reamers, primer pocket uniformers, flash hole deburrer, powder dribble, inside and outside case chamfer tools, case trimming pilots for other calibers and such are in the drawers in the machinist's tool box on the left side of the bench.

    The table in the foreground has several wooden boxes.  The one on the far left is full of component bullets.  The smaller, square looking one to its right is a USGI box full of once-fired USGI '06 brass, some of it National Match.

    There is a big chest on the left wall, not visible, next to a table saw.   In that chest are all of the finished reloads and some factory ammo, rifle, pistol and shotgun (I do not reload for shottie, however).  .223/5.56; 6mm Rem; 270 Win; 280 Rem; 7mm Rem Mag; 30-30; 308 Win; .30-06; 300 Weatherby; .45-70; and handgun ammo, 38 Special; .357 Mag; 9mm Para; and 40 S&W.  Might have left out some.

    Maybe I should have put some of that stuff out on the bench and moved in closer.  I do like to keep a tidy bench, as I use it for other purposes and I try to keep everything in its place.

    I'll take a better photo or two, closer up and put some of the stuff out on the bench.  BTW:  I prefer Lyman products over the RCBS and Lee products I've picked up over the years, although this is purely a matter of personal preference.   
    Mississippi"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe"  Words of Jesus, Luke 11:21 (ESV).

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    Re: Lets see your desk or bench!
    « Reply #20 on: June 06, 2013, 05:11:53 pm »
    Ninja reloading. Well done.

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    « Reply #21 on: July 05, 2013, 01:46:22 pm »
    Where's the reloading stuff?

    Ok, so took some close up pics.
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