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Well I built my bench about 3 weeks ago. The wood was extremely "wet" from be treated so have it sitting inside my shop trying to let it dry out slowly instead of sitting in direct sunlight. I thought about doing a concrete top for it but I have decided to wait for that upgrade later. I made a few changes to the original design. First off, I wanted a bigger "table" section for setting my stuff on, instead of the ground. Secondly, I didn't add the built in bench so I didn't need the rear leg. She's very solid and stable. After it dries out, I'm gonna treat the wood so that it'll last for a quiet a while. Thanks for all the ideas and help!!!
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I said I was gonna treat the wood once it dries out. The wood is pressure treated already but lets be honest, it need something else to help preserve it.
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More protection? That would be the roof of the shooting shack

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Sturdy and tall. Nothing I hate worse than a bench I have to hunch over. And yea a separate stool. Concrete is the best . Also go to carpet stores and get those sample squares to put on top .
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..........First off, I wanted a bigger "table" section for setting my stuff on, instead of the ground.
Well done. More room is always better for bits and bobs we always seem to collect.

I hope you made the legs long enough to sit in concrete foundations.

If not, get four steel post anchors (cheap in your local DIY) to fit your legs and physically set into concrete foundation or bolt down to your concrete foundation.

While the table dries out, set the four legs in four cans/containers with some wood preserver like Creosote in them and they will soak it up.

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25ish years ago when I built a deck from treated I put the posts in concrete but coated the ends to go in with roofing tar. The Crete was crowned at the top to be better at running water off.
Those posts are still good and solid yet.
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+1 Gcrank. You know your "P's".

Proper Planning & Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.

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Very nice and sturdy bench. I like it. Do you plan on leaving out in the weather or under a covered area? Randy
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Old 04-28-2019, 06:46 PM
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I will be leaving it out but I'm going to keep a tarp over it when not in use. Thanks for all the help and suggestions again guys. Now to get practicing so I can one day be a crack shot like you guys.
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I suggest a simple framework to set on the bench and hold the tarp up off it. The air flow and keeping condensation off will be a good thing.
Some water jugs (I have used windshield washer solution jugs) tied to the grommets will hold it in place if you dont want to use bungees.
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I thought I would show this bench off now that I'm done with it. I decided to try the concrete idea that was suggested by Dean1151 in post #11. Before I start, if anyone is looking for a good concrete calculator, www.calculater.net has a good one that you just fill in your measurements and it does the thinking. Now back to this top. I built a frame around the bench top and installed lag bolts and 14 ga wire to tie it all together. I went back and screwed in some other screws so that the head was about an inch high so that when it hardened, it would also help hold. I would suggest that anyone that is thinking about this, do a small side project to create a learning curve for yourself. I did not do this and my I initial batch that I dumped out was quiet dry and lumpy. (My mistake) This stuff dries super quick and as I was made the second bucket and poured it out, I noticed the first batch was starting to set up. Anyways I finally figured out how much water to use per bag and the rest turned out good. It'll work for generations to come but it has its flaws. It's a little rough at the back where the rear rest will be but I have some rubber mats that I was already gonna lay down on it so everything is good. Thanks for the link and also everyone's suggestions!
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A bit late to be of any help to the OP, but yours looks great.

The top below is 450 pounds, and the legs are 125 pounds each; the whole thing a bit over 800 pounds. Total cost under $80 dollars. It winters in place...Tom

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A bit late to be of any help to the OP, but yours looks great.

The top below is 450 pounds, and the legs are 125 pounds each; the whole thing a bit over 800 pounds. Total cost under $80 dollars. It winters in place...Tom
It's great to see the 'origin story' of your shooting area.

(Full disclosure: Tom has added a snappy covered area over these shooting benches, so I can think of much worse places for a bench to "winter outside")

I see a lot of concrete here, and I fully endorse it for maximum stability. But stability is weight and weight is weight, and my home shooting bench is made with 2x6 planking on top. It's more stable than the plywood top with metal frame benches at my club. With 2x6s framing the top planking and 4x4 posts for legs, it holds pretty still for airguns and light caliber firearms. I can still drag mine around by hand - but if you plan to do that, box around each legs and add those horizontal stringers to keep the legs from pulling out of the top.

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Old 06-18-2019, 04:53 AM
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Tom, that's a great idea. I like it a lot. If I ever have to build another one then I'll probably go that route.
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It's great to see the 'origin story' of your shooting area.

(Full disclosure: Tom has added a snappy covered area over these shooting benches, so I can think of much worse places for a bench to "winter outside")

I see a lot of concrete here, and I fully endorse it for maximum stability. But stability is weight and weight is weight, and my home shooting bench is made with 2x6 planking on top. It's more stable than the plywood top with metal frame benches at my club. With 2x6s framing the top planking and 4x4 posts for legs, it holds pretty still for airguns and light caliber firearms. I can still drag mine around by hand - but if you plan to do that, box around each legs and add those horizontal stringers to keep the legs from pulling out of the top.
Thanks Dave, it sure has grown, three benches now; each has gotten easier to move than the original! As you noted, move-ability has its advantages.

Here's one of the other benches and an updated picture of the shootin' shed. All benches are carpeted..Tom

6X6 legs, double 3/4" plywood top, both layers glued together:



Rogues gallery. The names of the two models are withheld because of outstanding warrants.
If I remember correctly, Kenny's (not his real name) rifle has a 1/2 ounce trigger. He warned me and I still pulled the shot despite having several 2 ounce triggers:



Perhaps the most work was in the ground, clearing and draining the area. It started out as a Swamp/Jungle. The early days, that table on the far left (holding up rifles) was the first "bench". I have no idea how that beer can happened to be there:



Drained the swamp, ditch since filled with stone. Early on we had to wear muck boots to get to the target area.

I watched it for a couple years to locate the center before digging. That's spring water flowing 24/7, estimate 10-20 gallons per minute depending on when:

Note light for night shooting, target visibility is much better than daytime.



It would be nice if we had a thread where folks would show their home ranges. I bet there's a lot of good ideas out there....
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