Adding a reloading press to a new workbench

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Re: Adding a reloading press to a new workbench

Post by SoupOrMan » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:24 am

And in theory I can undo the bolts, break it down for moving and reassemble it in a new workspace in an hour's time or so by myself. That solves some of the problems of getting it through doorways.
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Re: Adding a reloading press to a new workbench

Post by BDK » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:10 pm

A) Old bowling alley is a good rigid surface for workbench.

B ) at least for a weightlifting platform, put on three layers of 1 inch plywood alternating the grain direction between layers, and gluing and screwing them together.

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Re: Adding a reloading press to a new workbench

Post by randy » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:20 pm

I lucked out when I built my workbench. The HQ building I worked in at the time was replacing all of the solid wood doors for the secure offices. My NCOIC and I snagged two of them on the way to the scrap dumpster and one of them is my bench top.

Been shipped all over the country and has supported reloading, gunsmithing/cleaning, electronics projects, model building and assorted odd jobs.

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Re: Adding a reloading press to a new workbench

Post by Greg » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:07 pm

BDK wrote:A) Old bowling alley is a good rigid surface for workbench.

B ) at least for a weightlifting platform, put on three layers of 1 inch plywood alternating the grain direction between layers, and gluing and screwing them together.
That might be a great deal cheaper than trying to get a large butcherblock work surface.
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Re: Adding a reloading press to a new workbench

Post by BDK » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:43 am

No idea about machine use, but put it on top of 2x6's on 4" centers, and it won't wiggle when carrying/jumping/lifting large weights on it.

Bowling alley is, of course, quite cheap but harder to get on a regular basis.

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Re: Adding a reloading press to a new workbench

Post by BDK » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:46 am

I will say that my home platform, built by a childhood friend and carpenter, which was framed with 2x8's, and backed with 1" plywood sheet, felt more solid that the usual competition platforms which were just the glued and screwed plywood in a metal frame.

But, that might have been more about the wiggle inherent to the metal

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Re: Adding a reloading press to a new workbench

Post by HTRN » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:43 am

Greg wrote:That might be a great deal cheaper than trying to get a large butcherblock work surface.
Ikea.
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Re: Adding a reloading press to a new workbench

Post by Greg » Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:10 am

HTRN wrote:
Greg wrote:That might be a great deal cheaper than trying to get a large butcherblock work surface.
Ikea.
That had not occurred to me. :)
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Re: Adding a reloading press to a new workbench

Post by HTRN » Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:46 am

Ikea sells butcher block counter tops relatively reasonably priced. Another option is Grizzly industrial, but that can run into some real money..
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Re: Adding a reloading press to a new workbench

Post by Cobar » Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:29 pm

Bally Block "wood welded" tops are pretty fantastic. I have no clue on price though. We've got a few benches at work that have been there for years getting abused with that stuff for the top. Look ugly as sin now, but still solid as can be. Most of the new benches we've been building have UHMW surfaces. I kinda like it, I might end up with a new bench in the garage with it.

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