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When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
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DIY Reloading Bench Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 21″ long, 2 pieces – 48″ long 2xFRAME
- B – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 36″ long LEGS
- C – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x48″ long BOTTOM
- D – 2 pieces of 2×10 lumber – 43″ long, 1 piece – 51″ long, 1 piece – 48″ long HUTCH
- E – 2 pieces of 2×10 lumber – 23 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 14 1/2 ” long, 1 piece – 16″ long PARTITIONS
- F – 1 piece – 44 1/2″x51″ long PEGBOARD
How to build a reloading bench
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the reloading bench. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber at the dimensions shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes through the rim components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Check if the corners are square and align the edges.
Alternatively, if you see this as overbuilt, you can use 2×4 lumber for the frame.
After building the two frames for the reloading bench, you should attach the 4×4 legs. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into legs, after making sure the corners are square.
Remember that you can leave about 2″ from the floor to the bottom frame, if you like that more.
Build the countertops from 3/4″ plywood using the information from the plans. Make the notches with a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper. This plans features 1 1/2″ thick countertops, so you could glue together two sheets of plywood. However, you should remember that you can use just one sheet for the reloading bench.
Lay the countertops to the frame of the reloading bench and align the edges with attention. Use 2 1/2″ finishing nails and glue to the secure the panels into place. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Next, you should build the frame for the hutch. Use 2×10 slats to build the hutch for the reloading bench. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure everything together tightly. Make sure the edges are aligned and check if the corners are square.
Remember that you can use 1×10 slats for the hutch, id you want to decrease the costs and build a light frame. If you use 1×10 slats, make sure you insert 1 1/4″ screws.
Fit the hutch to the reloading bench, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the vertical supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the frame of the bench. Use a spirit level to plumb the hutch and leave no gaps between the components. Use four screws on both sides of the hutch for a proper bond.
Next, you need to install the partitions to the wooden hutch. The easiest way to secure the slats to the frame of the hutch is by drilling pocket holes at both ends of the slats. Fit the components into place and secure them to the frame using 1 1/4″ galvanized screws.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach a pegboard to the back of the hutch. Use 1 1/4″ screws to secure the pegboard to the frame of the hutch.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Remember that you can adjust the design of the reloading bench to suit your needs.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the components from decay, we recommend you to apply paint or stain.
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