When it comes to your workbench and ammo reloading supplies, there’s nothing more satisfying than efficiency, effectiveness, and precision.
A two-level workbench is good for storing equipment and reloading supplies on the upper shelf with the lower surface dedicated as your main working surface. You want to make it deep enough to store larger equipment in the back where it is out of the way (such as case tumblers and other preparation tools). A good rule of thumb is 5 feet wide by 3 feet deep. Along with the upper shelf, that width should leave room for future expansion with a lower shelf underneath and off to the side of your work stool.
It’s common sense that your reloading workbench should be sturdy and secure enough for working with presses. It’s a good idea to fasten the back of the bench to a wall with screws going into studs at each end of the bench and in the middle. Depending on the wood selected for the working surface (1¼ or 1½ plywood is good); you may want to use backing boards or metal plates underneath where tools will be bolted down (for something like particle or strand board).
Reloading Supplies and Equipment Storage
Give some thought to the upper shelf for your reloading supplies and smaller tools. A good approach is raising the shelf completely off the work surface by supporting it at the ends and one support in the middle that comes down to the work surface. Building multiple cubbyholes works for reloading supplies like bullets, brass, and powder. Also, plan for dies, shell holders, and other equipment.
Dust covers protect your reloading equipment while not being used. Think about the environment your reloading bench is in. You can wrap individual tools for protection or use a tarp to cover the entire bench when it’s not being used.
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