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    Time for my first reloading bench :) ideas?

    Finally the time has come, I have been reloading on my kitchen table for a year now from a lee handloader , to my single stage press attached to a 2x6 clamped to the kitchen table. So I am in the process of moving to a house which now has a garage and the space to setup a reloading bench I have been looking online for ideas on premade reloading benches and they seem to be slim. Does anyone have any ideas for a bench setup that does not break the bank to get started with just the basics so I can bolt the press to and store my reloading supplies?

    Thanks in advance very excited to have a dedicated place for my reloading stuff not just bins lol

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    What ever you choose just have one that is STRONG enough not to flex as your kitchen table must have done . I ended up making my own bench out of 2x4's and 4x4's and 3/4" plywood and 10" x 12" steel plate to have my press working correctly

    I had found out that when the bench and press flexes or moves I would get inconsistency
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    my bench is a solid door with 4`` x 4`` legs , 2x4 cross bracing , and bolted to the wall .very solid -----------
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    Congratulations on the new house, Garages in south Florida get extremely hot and humid in the summer time. Smokeless powders deteriorate quickly under those conditions. I would find an cool inside place to store your powder and primers.

    For a cheap reloading bench, Check out the workbench at Harbor Freight, it's on sale for $118:
    https://www.harborfreight.com/60-in-4-Drawer-Hardwood-Workbench-63395.html?ccdenc=eyJjb2RlIjoiOTYzODA2ODgiLCJza3Ui OiI2MzM5NSIsImlzIjoiMTE3Ljk5IiwicHJvZHVjdF9p%0D%0A ZCI6IjEyOTU3In0%3D%0D%0A
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    I picked this up at a garage sale several years ago, still in the box. It works well.

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    definitely was looking at that table last night wonder how rigid it is. I was thinking of storing my powder and primers in my closet inside where I have my rifles unless I can air condition the garage
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    Quote Originally Posted by DA-Auto View Post
    What ever you choose just have one that is STRONG enough not to flex as your kitchen table must have done . I ended up making my own bench out of 2x4's and 4x4's and 3/4" plywood and 10" x 12" steel plate to have my press working correctly

    I had found out that when the bench and press flexes or moves I would get inconsistency
    yes you are spot on would get inconsistencies on certain oacl would drive me nuts when trying to make loads up

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    this is what I ended up with!
    found it at lowes on sale, its also in my garage(Powder and primers) stored separate from each in closets in the house.
    anyway cans on top are dirty brass, stores everything I need and can be locked if so desired.
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    When I moved to this house some five years ago I made three like this from 2 x 4 using mostly stock that I had on hand. Screwed to wall studs, they are very sturdy.

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/389772...VfFVm49fCORYr1

    You could paint the top or laminate it with 1/8" melamine.

    How To Build A Low-Cost Sturdy Work Bench From 2x4's And OSB
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    This was done with two recycled kitchen bast cabinets that were obtained for free from a curb alert. The bench top is 3/4" 7ply plywood that is two sheets thick, then there is a steel plate that is 5/16" thick and then the becnh is topped with a piece of 1/4" ply and 1/8" masonite hardboard to make the whole top flush with the steel plate.

    The steel plate has been drilled and tapped to fit my Lee Pro1000 and 3 hole turret and also for the Pro4000 ABLP which is in the picture. The bench top is 2'X4' and then there are additional tops on top of the cabinets.

    These cabinet bases are old ones made from 3/4" plywood and not compressed board like is used today. On the inside I thru bolted a 2X2 which then has the top screwed to it. This thing does not move but can quickly be disassembled if needed.

    The two most costly parts of this bench were the 4'X4' 3/4" ply and the steel plate. I believe I have about $60.00 total invested.
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