Reloading bench improvement.

I was reloading recently and I got so fed up with how cluttered my bench was that I decided to “upgrade” it. I built some shelves above it to store all my bits and pieces. Below is a photo.


Reloading Bench Improvements

Reloading Bench Improvements

Notice how nice and empty the bench top is! A small thing but it feels good to have the extra storage.


Update: 6th April 2014

In response to this post, my friend Niall sent me a photo of his reloading bench.

Niall's reloading bench

Niall’s reloading bench

“Note powder thrower on wall at convenient level and powder balance and trickler  fixed to shelf on wall at eye level.    Mixed in with all my metal working and carpentry rubbish.”

I am impressed by the mounting of the powder thrower and scale, very practical. I have to bend over to look at my scale from the right angle.  After seeing this I might have to consider additional upgrades in the future.

Thanks Niall for sending me this picture.



Update 11th April 2014

I received further information from Charles via Niall about reloading press placement.


“One other wrinkle from Charles was to position the press over a vertical support for the bench.”

Niall's handloading Setup 002

Niall’s handloading Setup 002

“Gives the press a lot more rigidity in use.”


Below is a photo of my press showing it’s placement on the bench.

My press placement.

My press placement.

My press is not placed directly over the leg, although it is quite close to the horizontal support that is fastened to the leg. I may consider how I can improve this set up. My bench is of my own design and will fold up for storage or transport. During use the legs are bolted to the table top and other horizontal supports for rigidity, however there is some play in the hinges which allows the table top to tip slightly when I am resizing. I hope to work out a fix for this soon.



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