Reloading stand/barstool

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by ajspecial, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. ajspecial

    ajspecial New Member

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    I share my workshop between reloading/cleaning rifles/handguns, model airplanes and carpentry equipment; My old and sturdy desk was getting crowded with two Lee presses, reloading manuals and equipment so I started looking for help.
    I looked at Frankfort Arsenal pedestal and at the Lee triangular stand, I did not like the price on both of them much less the hanging concrete block on the Lee for stability.
    I found a very sturdy bar stool 29 in. high at Target for $20.00 and using some 3/4 In scrap ply and some 1X2's I built a base that would fit the stool legs and secured it to the legs with screws, I added some inexpensive casters from Harbor Freight, 2 straight and two swivel.
    I built a 3/4 in. top, finished size was 15X19 in. and secured it to the stool seat with 1/4" lag bolts. I splurged on two Lee Bench Plates and secured them also with lag bolts so I can use one press for sizing and depriming then turn the stand around to the other press.
    Again using some 1/2" scrap I cut two shelves, pieces of scrap were glued on them to fit between the rungs to hold shelves, at the bottom base I am storing boxes of bullets for the weight and stability, shelves, top and base were given tow coats of clear varnish.
    The top shelf fits snugly on the stool seat, the width could vary depending on what is available.
    I had most of the materials on hand but not counting the presses and bench plates you could make this for about 35.00/40.00, hope this gives you guys some ideas, enjoy.
     

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  2. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

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    They say that necessity is the mother of invention... Think you nailed it;) Nice work.
     

  3. Staestc

    Staestc New Member

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    Very well done! It looks great.
     
  4. 454fan

    454fan New Member

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    got any Ideas on mounting 4 presses?
     
  5. ajspecial

    ajspecial New Member

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    There is enough space to mount two more Lee Bench Plates but that space would be as overcrowded as my old desk.
    I think it will look as an early attempt for a progressive press?, This is a project for somebody starting in reloading and later when there is more space available the barstool could still be used as a dedicated station for depriming or other chores and rolled out of the way when not in use.