Reloading Bench Height

Reloading Bench Height

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    So, I just ordered a bunch of reloading gear (leaving my credit card sizzling) and my thoughts have turned to where to put all this stuff when it arrives. I'm wondering about how high to build my reloading bench. The fellow I learned from had his presses mounted at desktop height, for use while seated. However, in many of the reloading bench pictures I've seen, they have it mounted higher, for use while standing or sitting on a barstool. I'm wondering what height do people here find comfortable ?


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    I stand while loading and the benchtop is waist high about 35 inches. I load on a Dillon 550 with strong mount that raises it another 6 inches or so off the bench top.

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    The height of a work bench should be determened by the height of the user
    a bench that you would work at while standing should be as heigh as the distance from where your little finger joins your hand a bench that you sit at will be shorter also consider the height of your chair B.J.

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    I can tell you what not to do. I have a desk height table and sit on a barstool. It's a PITA when using the mounted powder measure. I wish I had a higher table.

    I think bar height, with a barstool would work best for me. (seat height 29-30" table height around 42")

    For work a standing work bench, I build them (when I used to build this type of stuff) right at waist high, just below the belt line. This is a good height to mount a vice and other stuff so I guess it would work well for a press too.

    You could C clamp your equipment onto some different height benches (neigbor's workbench, wife's kitchen bar counter) and tables, try different seats etc. and see how it feels to you, then build what feels best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackeagle View Post
    So, I just ordered a bunch of reloading gear (leaving my credit card sizzling) and my thoughts have turned to where to put all this stuff when it arrives. I'm wondering about how high to build my reloading bench. The fellow I learned from had his presses mounted at desktop height, for use while seated. However, in many of the reloading bench pictures I've seen, they have it mounted higher, for use while standing or sitting on a barstool. I'm wondering what height do people here find comfortable ?
    Attached is a weekend workbench that I built that should be able to able to handle all your needs. Dimensions are 34" 1/2" h. x 32" d. x 84" L. the top is a new solid core door that I paid less than $20 at salvage. Even Home Depot and Lowe's have some that you can bargain for. This table is very is very strong.

    I will send the plans but the file will probably be too large. Send. me a PM if interested.
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    How big of a bench do you want?
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    Personally I like my presses and other things at eye level. This has worked for me since I started reloading many years ago as a teenager.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    How big of a bench do you want?
    The space I have for it is 10 feet long, and if I don't build a bench long enough to cover the entire area I'm sure I'll regret it later.

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    i use a desk height home made table and i set in a regular desk chair. been doing it this way for 40 plus years.
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