How to Build a Reloading Bench

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Reloading benches are used for making your own bullets and other types of ammunition. Their design is simple and models common work benches. Many reloading benches offer a few square feet of workspace, along with an attached pegboard wall to mount shelves and tools. A simple design will have this feature, along with a storage shelf underneath the work area. This will keep all of your tools and supplies organized for when you are out using your ammunition.

Lay two 40-inch boards on edge, parallel, and 25 inches apart. Set two 25-inch boards perpendicularly between them, so they are on edge and 37 inches apart. Screw through the 40-inch boards and into the ends of the 25-inch boards. The screws should be spaced 2 inches apart, and they should enter the 3/4-inch center of the 25-inch boards. You should have a 28-by-40-inch frame. Use two 3-inch screws for each corner on the frame.

Position a 30-inch board in each corner, so they are perpendicular to the frame. Their ends should be flush with one side of the frame. These are the legs to your reloading bench, and they must be even. Screw four screws through each corner of the frame and into the legs. Use four screws for each corner. Screw two screws into both 1 3/4-inch centers of the 30-inch board that touches the inside of the frame. Space the screws 2 inches apart.

Position your bench frame upright, so it is standing on all four legs. Screw a 40-inch board to each pair of legs, so they are 15 inches below the 40-inch boards on the frame. All of the 40-inch boards should be parallel. Use eight 3-inch screws for this task. Space the screws 2 inches apart, and be sure they enter the 1 3/4-inch center of the 30-inch board.

Set the 40-inch plywood on top of the bench frame, so all the edges are flush. Screw eight 3-inch screws through the plywood and into the frame. Screw into the 3/4-inch center of the top edge of the boards that make up the frame. There should be two screws going into each board that makes up the frame. Space each pair of screws 20 inches apart.

Set the 30-inch plywood on the bottom pair of 40-inch boards so all the edges are flush. Screw it to the boards using eight 3-inch screws. The screws should enter the 40-inch boards at their 3/4-inch center, and be spaced 5 inches apart.

Position your pegboard along a 40-inch side of the bench. The peg board should rise 36 inches above the table, with the 48-inch edges flush with the 28-inch sides of the bench. Screw the pegboard to the 40-inch boards that are on the frame. Use four 1-inch screws for this task. The screws should enter the 40-inch boards at their 1 3/4-inch center and be 1 3/4 inches away from the ends of the 4-inch board.

Screw the 48-inch boards to the pegboard and the 40-inch boards. There should be a board along both 48-inch edges of the pegboard with the edges flush. Use eight 3-inch screws for this task. Screw a screw 1/4-inch above and 1/4-inch below the screws driven in the previous step.

Screw through the pegboard and into the 48-inch boards. Use four 1-inch screws for each side of the pegboard. Be sure the screws are aligned along the 1 3/4-inch center of the boards and spaced 6 inches apart.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 4 pine boards, 2- by 4- by 40-inch
  • 2 pine boards, 2- by 4- by 25-inch
  • 4 pine boards, 4- by 4- by 30-inch
  • Plywood, 3/4-inch, 28- by 40-inch
  • Plywood, 3/4-inch, 28- by 30-inch
  • Peg board, 1/8-inch, 40- by 48-inch
  • 2 pine boards, 1- by 4- by 48-inch
  • Screw gun
  • 56 wood screws, 3-inch
  • 8 wood screws, 1-inch