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I've got a little space in my basement cleared out for a reloading bench. I was going to build one out of 2x4's and 2 layers of particle board. My plan is for a small 24" x 40" bench with shelves above & below.

A friend of mine said that I'll need to bolt it to the concrete wall & floor. Is that true? What are your thought?
 

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Anchoring it to the wall may not be a bad idea for stability. Make sure the height of the bench is a comfortable level for you to work either standing or sitting on a stool. I'd use liquid nail between the particle board layers and three layers may not be too many. I'd use bolts and screws to put it together.
 

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I used closely spaced 2X6 on the top covered with one layer of particle board. I fastened it to the wall and glued it to the floor. I use three presses. They are mounted on 2X8s and when I use them I clamp them to the bench with big C-clamps.

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I built mine with 2x4s glued face to face(ended 3.5 ins. thick) with plywood top and a layer of 1/4 in. masonite on top of that, with a back to keep stuff frome falling off the back with electric outlets installed on it... 4x4 legs. 2 drawers and two shelves...no need to bolt down...It does not move!!!
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As you can see, the main themes of the posts are "heavy". Even with that, I would anchor it to the floor and wall. I would put my electrical plug ins underneath to keep a power cord from being dragged over the top of the bench.

The presses and such being mounted on a piece of 2x8 is a good idea. Instead of C clamps, I lined up my several 2x8 bases and drilled matching holes thru them and matching holes thru the bench top. I use carriage bolts with wing nuts underneath the bench to secure them to the top.

Mount your press over to one side (depending on if you're a righty or lefty) to keep the center of the bench as a clear working space. Also, mounted in the center the bench top no matter how thick will flex. You will need knee space under the bench.

A metal school locker with shelves would be a nice addition if you have the space to one side.
 

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Heres a look at mine , simple 2x4s mounted to the wall with tap-cons and a 1/2 inch plywood top .

It works very well even with large mag. cases.

 

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Gee Stimpylu, I was gonna post a photo of MY workbench but now I'd be ashamed to after seeing your's!
 

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Dusty Miller -- The light wasn't the best when i took the pictures , I've been using the same bench and turrent press for over 20 years now.

Every year or so i splash a new coat of paint on it to keep it looking good

Heres a few more shots of the reloading / gun room






 

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Reloading bench construction is a constant source of like urban legend stuff. The truth is that a bench does not have to be heavy, bolted to the floor or of great substance at all. All of that is nice to have but you don't need it. You can buy a pedistal stand from Midway that has a plastic top and mount any press you wish and load to your hearts content. I made up a stand using a cheap chineese cast iron grinder stand and had two presses mounted on it. Reloaders have used those black and decker shop mate combo saw horse/clamp gizmo as the base of their press with great satisfaction. max force in reloading occures when you form brass from other brass and neglect to properly lube your cases both of which you can still do on a light pedistal stand. Heck, there are guys that mount their press on a board and C clamp it to the kitchen table (when the wife is at the Mall) You can build a brick fortress if you want but you only need someting strong enough to sit on if truth be told. If it will hold you, it is all you need any more is excess but that is why people buy a Rockchucker press over a Lee (old style) no harm, but I would not spend a fortune on it when you could use the extra $$ for more stuff! Oh, and those guys who use the kitchen table don't bolt it to the floor. JB
 
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