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Old 10-25-2005, 11:54 PM
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I'm getting ready to build my reloading bench. It will be about 8 feet long. Any suggestions as to what to make the top out of? I've been looking at the prefinshed countertop at Home Depot but it is just particle board and I doubt it would hold up when I bolt my ancient Herters single stage press to it. That press is built like a battleship!
I already have a set of industrial steel table legs I'll be using.
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Old 10-26-2005, 12:00 PM
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The main thing is something STRONG as you said. I made mine with my chainsaw and an "Alaska Mill" and a nice fir log. Made a plank about 4 inches thick for the press to mount on. After sanding, I put Varathane on it until it built up about .020" thick. Tough and nice looking for my taste....

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Old 10-26-2005, 12:42 PM
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Get a 4 X 8 X 3/4" sheet of plywood, cut in lengthwise, glue and screw the pieces together, router the edge, stain, and poly the top. If you want it 30" wide and thicker use 2 sheets of plywood and stack it 3 high which will give you 2 1/4" thickness.
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Old 10-26-2005, 01:59 PM
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Bucks Owin:
How wide is your plank? That must have been a good sized tree. No problems with strength, I'll bet.
I'm thinking I need something about 2 to 2.5 feet deep by 8 feet wide, an inch to inch and a half thick. I've had a temporary bench made of scrap 2x4s for years and now want to have a good one.
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Old 10-26-2005, 02:37 PM
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I used a peice of bowling alley for my benchtop.
About 6 foot by 2 foot.
It is heavy enough ,to not bounce around.
Clean's up well..
Looks pretty nice too.
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Old 10-26-2005, 04:11 PM
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Old 10-27-2005, 01:54 PM
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Bucks Owin:
How wide is your plank? That must have been a good sized tree. No problems with strength, I'll bet.
I'm thinking I need something about 2 to 2.5 feet deep by 8 feet wide, an inch to inch and a half thick. I've had a temporary bench made of scrap 2x4s for years and now want to have a good one.
KC
Yeah, there's some man sized fir around here all right. My bench is 22" deep and 8' + 5' = 13' long. (It's "L" shaped) I'd cut you one but I think the postage would be prohibitive!

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Old 10-29-2005, 12:49 AM
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If I lived closer, I'd take you up on that offer! Solid Wood that size would be really cool. Got any pictures?
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