DIY Shooting Bench

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by Txhillbilly, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    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.

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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.

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  2. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Well-Known Member

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

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

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


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    The finished product-

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  3. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    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.

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    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.
     
  4. fireguy

    fireguy Active Member

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    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.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    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.
     
  6. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    It look's really nice. It looks like it would work just as well or even better than the mfg ones. Good job.
     
  7. CA357

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

    Txhillbilly Well-Known Member

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

    lonyaeger Active Member

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

    Txhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  11. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    That's okay, they won't come in to play.
     
  12. 45SIG

    45SIG New Member

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    Table Top for Bench

    I really like the looks of the shooting bench that you built. I was thinking about building one simply using 3/4" plywood for a top, but I like your table top a lot better. However, I was unable to find a maker using google. Would it be possible to get the name and phone number of the individual who built your top?

    Thanks for your help
     
  13. Squatty

    Squatty New Member

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    Was thinking of building with wood, but I like the plastic bench better. Where did you buy it?
     
  14. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Wrong spot.....
     
  15. Wally89

    Wally89 New Member

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    Looks nice though still spendy for the bench its self. I made a heavy wooden for one based on plans in a old book of mine works great & built using leftover 2x4's & square (round would work better) post for the legs its big & bulky though it easy enough to move & very stable.