Monday, June 16, 2014

Steps To Reloading

After the fun show, the rest of the weekend was dedicated to getting my reloading stuff moved out of the tiny space it was in over to the larger quarters.  The hardware is out there, but not all of the supplies. 
Not an ad for RCBS, but my progressive press is on the right, temporarily held in place by some woodworking clamps.  The single stage Rock Chucker is over on the left, lying with its base facing the camera.  Dies, some tools, some bullets and odds and ends complete the picture.  I need to play around with how it feels for a while and decide exactly where they go before I go drilling holes to mount the presses permanently.  I've been looking at pictures of how other folks do this, and all I can say for sure is that I want some more storage.  I'll probably build a set of shelves, say, two or three shelves tall and just about the length of the bench.  I could also use storage for miscellaneous small parts I have.  Maybe a set of drawers or maybe a small cabinet to go under the bench. 

Like reloading itself, building the area will be a series of steps and I'm just at the beginning of the trip.

As always, I'm open to suggestions.  


  1. I just discovered a great thing for the reloading bench- a rolling swivel-type adjustable stool.
    Makes it easy to reposition oneself to peer into the press, or to slide over to reach something. Even running the handle allows you to move with the arc of the pull.
    Only took me 35 years at the bench to figger that one out...

  2. Cabinets, not shelves. Because dust.

  3. I can only imagine how hard it is to think of possible storage solutions for your tools. It’s nice to know that you browsed ideas over the net. I really hope you’ve found the best storage system by this time. Anyway, having cabinets and drawers is the best to do. It won’t just keep your tools and projects, it will also prevent your stuff from accumulating dust and dirt. Any updates? :)

    Clay Delgado @ World Packaging Inc.

  4. Doubletrouble - funny you should say that. My wife suggested that very thing yesterday. We have a couple of old office-tyoe chairs in there that roll around and it's a very good thing.

    Alien - I like that idea. Dust gets into cabinets, too, but it has to be better.

  5. Nifty looking workbench. Got a source for it?

  6. Spike, the benches are from a company called Seville Classics. I got them at my local Sam's Club. They're very sturdy: 1.75" maple butcher block top, steel legs and frame. I think Sam's said shipping weight was 200 pounds, but they weigh about 130.

    The company's page is here.

  7. My single stage press is bolted to a flange on top of 2 inch pipe, another flange attaches it to a 2x12 plank with a little bit sticking out so I can step on it. A steel car wheel has also been used as a base. The powder measure is bolted to the side of the top flange. A steel office desk provides storage and versatile mounting space: a bench vise can be bolted on top, sizers clamped on with c-clamps. The press could work on the desk if a drawer is removed. A wooden frame around the desk supports overhead lights.