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Old June 7th, 2012, 12:13 PM   #1
 
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My first reloading bench! Light suggestions?

I posted some questions on here about getting started. Most recently in a thread about Lee Challenger Breech Lock or Classic Cast. I went with the Classic Cast and am glad I did. They both are probably fine, but I was impressed with the ruggedness of the cast model.

Anyway, I said I would post up my pictures when I got my bench built. Proud of this puppy. Usually when I do any kind of woodworking it is an utter disaster. However, this time I took my time, planned it out, bought the proper tools and got it done. Pretty pleased with it.

I need quite a bit more stuff to get started but I deprimed and expanded some old cases to try to figure out how the dies work.

Any suggestions on a scale or powder measure set up would be helpful as well??? Nothing in that department yet. I also plan to add a white pegboard with plywood sides for some additional shelving down the road.

Also, any light suggestions. I was to wire up a flourescent shop light but I thought I read somewhere that those weren't good with reloading? Ever heard of this? Maybe becaue of dust or static or something?

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Old June 7th, 2012, 12:51 PM   #2
 
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Good looking bench. You may want to secure it to the wall making it sturdier. I'd put a large flourescent light over the bench, 4 ft. at least 2 tubes. You don't want any shadows when you check powder charges. If you choose to use a digital scale, the EMF from a flourescent light will interfere with the scale's readings, at least the cheaper models, but I recommend a beam scale anyway. A beam scale from any of the major manufacturers will be plenty good as they are all accurate, and repeatable. I have an older Lyman/Ohaus, an RCBS 502, and a Lee (the Lee is a good scale but many can't get used to the vernier poise). All are equally accurate. For many years I used scoops/dippers and weighed all charges, dribbling as necessary, a bit slower but not a disadvantage to me. I built a small "table" 12"x18"x 6" high to put my scale on to raise it closer to eye level making it easier to read. Scale is right in front of me easy to read, press is slightly to my right. Scoop powder, dribble if necessary, dump powder, place bullet in case mouth, turn slightly to the right and seat bullet. If I'm using my turret press, I'll advance the turret and crimp. Works for me...

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Old June 7th, 2012, 12:56 PM   #3
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I have dual 4' flourescent over each of my benches. I never heard of any issues and they give off good light to see what I'm doing.
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What should I do to reduce the problem of static electricty.
My shop has a concrete floor and my bench is wood.
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I don't think static electricity will be a issue in a basement, but if you really want to not take any chances - Pick up some bare copper wire from a home improvement center. Shape one end into a loop and slide it over the excess threads where you have a bolt sticking through the top. Clamp the other end of the wire to a cold water pipe, ground rod, or ground in the electrical panel (least desirable place).

One lighting option that I consider a must, is lighting inside the arch of you press. A few white LEDs strung together and hot glued in place. If your not handy with a soldering iron, there is a guy selling a kit for this on Ebay.

I used the RCBS powder measure for years, one for pistols, one for rifle. Then a year ago I bought a Lyman No. 55 powder measure. It is much more precise than the RCBS. I loaded tens of thousands of rounds in 40 years of reloading, but I really like this Lyman.

BTW, it has brass moving parts wheres it adjusts.

Thats a very nice bench you built. Congrats. Have Fun.
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Great job on a fine looking bench. Looks like you are off to a good start with your new endeavor.
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I really like that pink gun carrier in the first photo. Do you shoot a lot of Sporting Clays?
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Nice looking bench!
I use a strip of small spot lights I got at Lowes or Home Depot for additional light that is directional. You still need overall light (like fluorescents) to make sure you have no shadows. My eyes are getting sensitive to how much light I have so this really helps me stay safe.
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What should I do to reduce the problem of static electricty.
My shop has a concrete floor and my bench is wood.
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My set up is a wooden bench with a concrete floor and I have had no issues with static electricity in the more than 10 years I have been reloading. All my electrical circuits are ground fault in the basement but static electricity isn't something I have been concerned about.
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First I would secure that bench solidly to the wall and put about 100# in bags of sand as well.. Pushing down it is easy when you pull up..Be awre it takes a fair amount of pull
I built mine in a corner out of 2x4's with 4x4 legs Secures right to the wall and solid as a rock..Getertight Bubba..hahaha

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First I would secure that bench solidly to the wall and put about 100# in bags of sand as well.. Pushing down it is easy when you pull up..Be awre it takes a fair amount of pull
I built mine in a corner out of 2x4's with 4x4 legs Secures right to the wall and solid as a rock..Getertight Bubba..hahaha

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X2 - Both ideas are ++++

I store lead, bullets and full spam cans of import ammo on the bottom shelf - if anybody can pick my bench up and carry it off, I'll hold the door open for them.
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Great looking bench I must say! I wish I had a buck for every bench I've had to make as I've moved a lot in my past and the benches were so heavy and built in, I had to leave them where they were and just move. My last one was a 8' by 12' 2X4 built shed. Standard door and windows with exterior lights and five twin bulb florescent shop lights and a ceiling fan. It was great, but weighed a ton and I couldn't possibly move it. My latest set up was a one car portion of a two car garage. I robbed pieces of some really heavy duty steel shelving that was over six foot high and went the length of the garage. The robbed pieces from that unit allowed me to cut in half to form an 8' by 3 1/2' work bench that was 3 1/2' high. I bought two solid core doors (pretty cheap) and bolted the bottom one to the metal framework, then glued and deck screwed the other door on top of the first one. And finally had a heavy piece of sheet metal cut and folded to top the bench with a 1" overhang all around. The garage was already fairly well lighted with florescent's, but in addition to those I placed a couple of incandescent flood lights on my work area specifically. The big worry on my part is that florescent lights can produce a strobe light effect on moving parts/machinery. Like a lathe, mill, or drill press. The incandescent lights fill in the lighting gaps so you always see a moving part as indeed moving. The one thing I was unable to do was to have my lights on a different circuit than my equipment, so if I loose power, I've also lost my lighting. Not a good situation. I also have a "over the top" sized fire extinguisher at arms reach should I have a lead pot, or powder, or ..... type of problem. I'd suggest that for any reloading bench. I see too that you've chosen the Lee cast press (my chosen press as well), and what I did was to buy two of Lee's bench plates and mounted all of my equipment to utilize the bench plate system. It is very convenient and can return your bench to a working bench rather than just a reloading bench should you want to work on a gun? Smithy.
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Good looking bench.
Looks a lot like mine only I have a higher back.
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Great looking bench, can't help yet with the equipment. Just got my first press an older Herters cast iron model. Seems extremely durable and just found out I can get a universal adapter for contemporary shell holders. A couple of friends ready to help me get started. Need to put together my own bench.

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