Reloading benches provide a working surface for reloading gun ammunition. The benches also organise the supplies and tools needed for this endeavour. The size and design of the bench is determined by the space available for the project and can be sized to fit the user. Finish the reloading bench to match the decor of the area of the home where it will be placed.
Planning the Reloading Bench
Several reloading bench plans are available on the internet. Builders can build the bench as defined by the plan or create their own modified plan. Several decisions are made in this process. Will the reloading bench be used standing up or seated? The height of a standup bench is usually waist high.
Storage is also a planning consideration. The more types of ammunition reloaded the more dies and other tools the reloader will need. The plan should also allow for future expansion. Few gunmen will decrease the types of ammunition they reload. Plan to store more in the future than is needed now.
Include secure storage for gun powder and other explosive components used for reloading.
Some reloading benches are stored in a utility room or other out of sight location. Others are part of the den or gun room of the sportsman. The project can be finished to match the surrounding decor.
Building the Reloading Bench
A reloading bench is a work bench and is usually constructed of fairly heavy wood. Many plans call for 4 inch by 4 inch wooden legs and 2 inch by 4 inch braces and cross members. Plywood that is 1/2 or 3/4 inches is usually used for the work surface and shelves.
A power saw and drill, along with a variety of hand tools including a hammer and screw driver, are required to build the reloading bench. Depending on the carpentry skill of the builder, the reloading bench can include complex mortise-and-tenon joints or a simple butt joint. Including drawers will make the plan more difficult to construct than if you have open shelves.
Apply paint or stain to the finished reloading bench.