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Old 08-25-2019, 12:55 PM
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I have a small shooting range on my farm with an open building and concrete pad to shoot from. The building has a roof but the sides are open so when it rains and it’s windy anything inside gets soaked. I have an older Caldwell bench with plastic type table top on which I place my front rest and bag. I wedged 2x4s under the front to stabilize it. It works fairly well and the plastic top is impervious to the rain.
Wanting to upgrade, and no, building my own is not an option, I have looked at the deluxe Caldwell with a wooden butcher block-type wooden table top and the DOA tactical with layered plywood table top. The DOA is actually made better but when I asked, I was told it is not made to be left out in the weather. The wooden top of the Caldwell is very nice but I doubt it can be left out either.

I am not interested in competition just shooting and punching paper for fun.

If I am not going to build one myself, do you have any thoughts or recommendations?

Thanks in advance,

Jim

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Old 08-25-2019, 02:16 PM
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Id do something about the shed sides first, starting on the side(s) the storms tend to come in.
After several lighter duty 'tables', each incrementally better than the last, my next will be far sturdier and heavier, I am tired of bracing up wobblies. I can still build it myself but if I could not I would find some 'plans' I like and pay someone to knock it together.
Ive decided I want to make groups rather than patterns.
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Old 08-25-2019, 02:23 PM
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I know nothing about the DOA but the Caldwell top is removable or could find or make a cover for the top.
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:21 AM
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I Really Like My DOA Bench But I Wish It Was Weather Proof. I Made Hunting Stands I Used For Years Out Of Plywood Used For Concreat Forms And They Did Not Delaminate!
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Harbor Freight tarp (at $2.99) over the bench when not in use?

https://www.harborfreight.com/7-ft-4...fQ%3D%3D%0D%0A
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Old 08-26-2019, 01:46 PM
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I Had A Tarp On My First DOA Top And It Still Delaminated!
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Old 08-26-2019, 02:27 PM
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Waterproof (non-breathing) tarps hold water out the top and condensate beneath. To work there needs to be an air space for that air to move beneath.
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Old 08-26-2019, 05:49 PM
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Well, it just bothers the heck out of me that DOA would make such a good Bench and use plywood for the table top knowing that it is not going to hold up if it gets wet. Most of us shoot outside and a portable mount doesn’t necessarily translate to having to take it inside after using it each time. Maybe I’m wrong but it seems to me it would not have taken a genius to pick out another material which would have been waterproof for the table top.
One thing may be to buy the DOA rest, remove the table top and use the metal fittings to attach a different material for the top. I wonder how expensive some of that fake granite or marble top material people use for kitchen countertops costs?
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:54 PM
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If using plywood look at 'marine grade' for boat building and perhaps the marine grade epoxy and/or paints. Yeah, it costs more than typical 'exterior grade construction stuff but it is made to be in a wet environment all the time.
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Old 08-27-2019, 09:34 AM
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I Really Like My DOA Bench But I Wish It Was Weather Proof. I Made Hunting Stands I Used For Years Out Of Plywood Used For Concreat Forms And They Did Not Delaminate!
Left out in the weather long enough it will. I built a trailer to haul two snowmobiles and used it for the flooring. It is in pretty bad shape now and really should be replaced. It took over thirty years for this to happen though.

The counter top material mentioned in a following thread can be had pretty cheaply around here if you go to one of the places that does counter top installations and pick through their leftovers. My daughter did her bathrooms quite reasonably using this method.
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Old 08-27-2019, 09:56 AM
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Check the Habitat for Humanity's 'Restore' for building products that get donated for resale.
I was down there last week, lots of man-made 'marble' tops in stock, several suitable thick & heavy hunks at $5/sq.ft. Downside is they wont have the typical bench cut-out to lean in but a rec. table set a bit oblique to the target will work.

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Here is mine. Old Hickorynut built it. Serves me well...

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Old 09-03-2019, 01:17 AM
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Lieutenant Dan you got no legs

Very nice

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Captain Dan you got no legs ......
One of those new floating benches

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One of those new floating benches <img src="https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/images/smilies/eek.gif" border="0" alt="" title="EEK!" class="inlineimg" /><img src="https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/images/smilies/eek.gif" border="0" alt="" title="EEK!" class="inlineimg" /><img src="https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/images/smilies/eek.gif" border="0" alt="" title="EEK!" class="inlineimg" /> <img src="https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Cool" class="inlineimg" /><img src="https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Cool" class="inlineimg" /><img src="https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Cool" class="inlineimg" />

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