Over the past month, I’ve completely transformed my mountain-top shooting facility. Some of the developments include finishing an illuminated 100 yard shooting range with Concrete Shooting Bench, building a micro cabin, and building a reloading bench inside that micro cabin. Now I have a shooting and reloading facility that will take my shooting and content creating capabilities to the next level! In this story, I’ll give a high-level overview of the process of building the micro cabin reloading bench. Later, I’ll post a dedicated story talking about the micro cabin and how I built it with my friend Josh!
The Ultimate Reloader Bench System
The micro cabin reloading bench is another incarnation of the “Ultimate Reloader Bench System”. This system is comprised of the following:
- A sturdy wood bench with dimensional lumber “decking” on top
- Custom steel “T Tracks” that enable 3/8″ x 16 TPI bolts to slide side to side and lock down presses, accessories, and fixtures
- Screw head covers inside the T Tracks
- Wood plugs to fill track slots
Above: Ultimate Reloader Bench System core components: Steel T-Track (3/4″ x 3/4″), wood screw head cover strip (bottom), wood slot plug (top).
Here’s a quick peek at one iteration of the bench system (bench seen in most recent Ultimate Reloader videos):
And here’s a view showing the proprietary Ultimate Reloader hold-down clamps securing an Inline Fabrication Ultramount to the bench:
A New Bench: Variation on a Theme
For the ridgeline micro cabin, I decided on 24″ depth, and 8′ length for the bench: the same as my primary bench in the main shop. What’s different about this bench is the following:
- There are no drawers (lower height compared to shop bench)
- There are no “post legs” that go to the floor
I made these changes in order to accommodate the “cramped quarters” inside the micro cabin. With exterior dimensions of 10′ width and 16′ length, there’s not a whole lot of room to spare inside. It’s about creating as much room as possible, and also maximizing the feeling of “spaciousness”.
Here’s what the frame looked like fully assembled, and right before attaching the top “decking”:
You can clearly see in the picture above the 45° 2×4 support braces that take place of traditional bench “legs”. I was a tad concerned about the resulting rigidity of the bench, but with the frame screwed into the walls and with the 45° support braces in place things turned out REALLY solid. On top of this frame I screwed down four 2x6x8′ boards, plus a 2″ strip to take up the gap between the decking and the wall. After this “substrate” was finished, I screwed down the tracks (see video for description of clamping and use of drill guide for pre-drill) and the 3/4″ birch veneer plywood on either side of the T Tracks.
The completed bench is exactly what I had hoped for and more (no legs taking up space and getting in the way). You can expect to see this bench in upcoming “mountain top reloading and shooting” stories soon!
Ultimate Reloader Bench Kits?
As many of you know, I’ve looked into offering kits so that you can easily build your own “Ultimate Reloader Bench”. This could include USA made T-Tracks and related components, hold-down clamps, bench brackets (to secure legs), and more. If you are interested in these product offerings, please leave a comment letting me know!
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