Looking for a portable desktop pistol gunsmithing workstation/box

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by rockbass59, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. rockbass59

    rockbass59 New Member

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    I'm looking for a workstation as described in the title. I'm a very competent woodworker, but I don't have a lot of time, and am hoping to find an off-the-shelf portable pistol gunsmithing workstation that has a combined work area and a flip-up 'top' to hold common tools (I can install magnetic tool holders) and cleaning supplies. Any leads to who might make such a product? Thanks!
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Welcome to FTF. I've only seen armorers kits for specific firearms or platforms. I'd be interested to see what you come up with.
     

  3. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    I think your best bet would be to build it yourself but like you said if you don't have the time to build one draw something up and take it to a local craftsman I think gun smithing is to specialized to sell a mass produced ready to go work bench but I could be wrong
     
  4. Wiseman3

    Wiseman3 New Member

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    in my opinion your best bet is a fold out table and a tool bag. What you have described seems like it would be heavy and make it awkward to move but I could be wrong. If you do work something post pick I would be interested to see it. I am a electric motor service technician and usually I take my tools in bags and a rolling cart the tailgate as a workbench when needed so I have some experiance on the mobile service field that's why I say what I say
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    what you might look into is the Black and Decker Workmate table and a large multi trayed tackle box. fold the table out and lay a heavy cloth on the top to make a padded work area, and when finished, fold it up and store in a closet or wherever, throw the dirty cloth in the washing machine and put the tackle bos in the closet or wherever too. just a suggestion.
     
  6. turbo38gn

    turbo38gn New Member

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    I'm new here but came across this post and thought I'd pass this along. I came across this website that may be able to fill your needs. I purchased the first version out just to hold my pistol while I disassembled it. They now have a more complete work station available I plan on ordering soon. Here's a link to the website.

    http://www.presentarmsinc.com/home.html
     
  7. srtolly1

    srtolly1 New Member

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    Before I had "Opa's special place" I kept my gear in some tackle boxes (one for pistols and one for rifles) with a gun mat and some towels. I did service fire alarm systems and organization is the key when you work out of the back of a service truck.
     
  8. regload

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    If you truly are a very competent woodworker then you don't need to look around, unless you want some plans/ideas to steal. I recently retired from furniture making and I can pretty much figure out what I need for my activities regarding firearms. A corner to mount a reloading press, a shoulder vise and a machinist's vise, maybe a bench holdfast or two. The biggest problem is what space you have available; then build the largest RUGGED bench that will fit, and go to town.
    The Workmate is a total joke, looking for people to snare and fool.
     
  9. srtolly1

    srtolly1 New Member

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    "Opa's special place" is a small room in my shop about 5'x10'. Bench is 18" deep and 42" tall, 6' along one wall and the width of the room on the other wall. Reloading gear on the short side work area on the other. Wall cabinets on the long side. 3' wide metal wardrobe cabinet customized inside for gun storage. I can get 20 long guns in it without problems. I have a old 4 drawer tackle box with all my cleaning gear and some tools that I can grab to take to the range or wherever.
     
  10. tqu9047

    tqu9047 New Member

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    I saw a nice heavy duty work table at Lowes for around 200 dollars. It has pegboard on the back, an enclosed storage area across the top, drawers and a light mounted to it. I may pick one up once I get my work shop a little more organized.

    Tim
     
  11. regload

    regload Member

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    Before you even go to Lowe's, look at that workbench online, and especially look at the negative reviews. By those reviewers' descriptions and complaints, don't think it would stand up to the term "rugged", or a loading press.
     
  12. tqu9047

    tqu9047 New Member

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    I usually do look at the reviews before purchasing anything. I had just seen that at Lowes the other night and was thinking about it.
    Thanks for the heads up on this as it will not be put into the budget.

    Tim
     
  13. srtolly1

    srtolly1 New Member

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    A few 2x4s and a 3/4" plywood top can make a really sturdy bench. I had one in a garage that folded down from the wall. Just have to make sure all the support points are into studs.