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Txhillbilly 09-12-2011 10:45 PM

DIY Shooting Bench
 
Ever since Lon and I went Prairie Dog hunting,I have wanted a good shooting bench.
Most good mfg benches are too expensive,and either lack or have features I don't need or care for.So I started looking at other shooters homemade benches and got some ideas.
I mainly shoot left handed,but also shoot right handed,and I wanted a bench that would do both.I also wanted it to be portable,so it couldn't weigh a ton,yet it still needed to be sturdy.

I found a guy in Oklahoma that makes a pre-cut 3/4" heavy duty solid plastic bench tops.This is a nice table top,it cost twice as much to ship it than what it cost,but it's worth it.

http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/a...nch/001-22.jpg

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The top measures 42"wide-40"long-and has 18" cutouts.

For legs,I found some folding sawhorse legs-Rugged Buddy 34"
These are pretty good folding legs,and don't cost much.

http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/a...nch/003-15.jpg

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Txhillbilly 09-12-2011 10:54 PM

I then cut a peice of treated 2x6 for a center support,and drilled some pilot holes in it for mounting.

http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/a...nch/005-13.jpg

I then flipped everything over,and counter sunk the holes,so the screws would be flush with the table surface.

http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/a...nch/008-11.jpg

I then centered the leg brackets,and used some lag bolts for mounting.Then bolted the legs to the brackets.


http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/a...ench/017-7.jpg

The finished product-

http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/a...ench/011-8.jpg

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Txhillbilly 09-12-2011 11:04 PM

The shooting bench is very sturdy,and doesn't want to tip when leaned on.It also folds up for easy transport and storage.It probably weighs around 50lbs.

http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/a...ench/018-8.jpg

http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/a...ench/019-3.jpg

I have about $110 in this thing,so it cost a lot less than a good store bought bench.
There are a couple things that I still need to do.I want to make the legs adjustable,for using on uneven ground.That's easy,I just need a couple short pieces of pipe for that.And I need to make a carry handle for it.

This is a simple project,and it only took a couple hours to put it all together.

fireguy 09-13-2011 04:26 AM

Nice work! I have been kicking around some ideas for a mobile bench, too. I usually haul a folding vise table to use as a rifle support. I only works OK, not great.

Axxe55 09-13-2011 05:55 AM

hillbilly, where did you find those saw horse legs at? i have been looking for something along that type myself. that is one nice shooting table.

texaswoodworker 09-13-2011 03:11 PM

It look's really nice. It looks like it would work just as well or even better than the mfg ones. Good job.

CA357 09-13-2011 03:22 PM

Nice. It looks like it will do the job well.

Txhillbilly 09-13-2011 03:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by axxe55 (Post 579507)
hillbilly, where did you find those saw horse legs at? i have been looking for something along that type myself. that is one nice shooting table.

Just Google-Rugged Buddy folding sawhorse legs.They make them in 28" & 34".
I think I paid $38 for mine with free shipping.

lonyaeger 09-13-2011 04:16 PM

Did you put those big dings on the edges of the benchtop or did that happen in shipping? :eek:

Txhillbilly 09-13-2011 05:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lonyaeger (Post 579696)
Did you put those big dings on the edges of the benchtop or did that happen in shipping? :eek:

Courtesy of Fed Ex,I filed them down and that is the underside of the table.

It was packaged very good,but I'd say it was dropped a few times by Fed Ex.


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