Reloading bench


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Not gonna say "clean up" because that isn't the idea here. It's more about streamlining with an eye on processing. Value added in that,all materials are scrap and drops from our shop and makes way more sense in the loading room than taking up real estate in shop. Here's the before which wasn't "that" bad. 20180911_071423_resized.jpg


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Dude, you have a lot of lost stuff now. ;)

I barely have a trail through ours. It kinda y's off to a secondary trail to the single stage with a sub route trail to the safe. Lord help me, if it's ever "organised".


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you wont find anything for at LEAST 6 months! and lottsa things you just KNOW you have!!

(mine is so cramped I can barely turn around... it is small, but...)


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Am sure y'all are right but.......

Look at the pics,things didn't really get relocated. I was throwing away a LOT of paperwork that had nothing to do with loading. Things like eye scripts from 10 years ago.... and money order receipts,and,and,and....more paper. Targets taped to walls and doors that were 15 years old.

I'll admit to having a cabinetmaker gene. We love cubbies,drawers,and anything that uses materials to solve stowage issues. But also a "process engineering" background, which is a natural or logical sidestep to owner/operator in millshops.... be it wood,metal,or composites. Figuring out solutions is how we think..... doh. This one below I'm right proud of. Been eating Oregon preserves to get these fancy little jars.... tastes great BTW.

Well they fit perfectly in those 30 year old cubbies. Problem was,once they were in there they were so close you couldn't get'm out..... felt kinda stupid with a,"what now,deer in the headlight" look. Seeing as we're sitting on a pretty big inventory of copper..... hooya. Copper drawer slides..... and the wheels are already turning on future projects with copper. 20180912_063414_resized.jpg


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The Holy Trinity of handloading measurers is nicely laid out. I would have been tempted to put a knob on the jars, I'm sure you have diamond bits and a drawer or two packed with antique pulls.


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OK,this is just crazy..... short storytime.

Come out of rehab this morning in a lite rain.Fire up the Aston (Buick) and the blankety blank serpentine belt pops off. The garage where crazy MIL used to get it serviced at put on a "kit" pulley when the AC compressor pooped the bed. About every 6 months if you turn ignition whilst,"on the gas"..... it pops off. So,having been down this rd before.... I arm wrastled it home,no power steering or alternator or water pump. Who cares? I don't.

Get home,pull into race shed,pop hood,hook up battery charger.Car didn't overheat cause I turn on heat/vent. But still,not gonna work over a hot engine so screw it. Walking through the underground garage there's a box with leftover parts from when we had a "Dish" very rudely mounted to my house.Sent all their stuff back,threw the dish away,kept the bracing arms.

Grabbing one of them,went to welding shop,hacked it at what looked like a 45* ? Clean joint,tigged the pos back together. Mounted it on the new cubby rack.... took maybe 20 minutes start/paint/carridge bolt on. 20180912_102239_resized.jpg
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I used those same braces to make a carpet covered guide to get the old tri-hull boat on the trailer easier.
2 pieces of old bed frame, some welding, some drilling, a piece of re-purposed cedar fence, a little spray painting, a pair of those adjustable brackets, and a couple of chucks of carpet from the dumpster... done.

if I see one of those braces out by the curb or in a ditch somewhere I will stop and snag it up every single time.
I have used them all over the place.


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Fiver,ever see those heavy duty articulated arms they mount flat screens with? That's my,find it on the curb unicorn Haha. Heck,they're worth more than the stoopid TV if you asked me....

My light over one of the shop vises came out of a gynecologist friend of mine's office when we put all new cabinets in. It's articulated, had it for prolly 30 years,still works as new.

Heck,the new one he put in is probably long since been thrown in a landfill?


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OK,this is for all you kitchen cabinet historians out there........

I remember the cherry kitchen we put in where the above cabinets came from.Could take someone to the house,CRS on any other particulars though. But that's background.... I'd say the house was built '62 ish. These were upper middle of the rd, "factory built".... maybe early Merrilat?(sp)

Anyway,check out this drawer..... its sheet metal. Hard to see but,at the top on the inside is a U shaped pce,albeit turned to oppose each other. This is what acts as the slide mechanism.... there a solid pce of 1/2" material inside cabinet that interfaces into this slot..... which also serves as a "lid" when drawer is closed.

All I've ever had in it is shop rags N such. Originally would have been a bread drawer? 20180912_144212_resized.jpg

All I've ever had in it is shop rags N such. Originally would have been a bread drawer?QUOTE]

That's what I'd have called it. Unless I was taught wrong.

I noticed your joinery on the new small shelves/cubbies in the background of the photo in your post about the seating stems and realized you're actually a real wood-worker. I didn't know that. Not the level of finesse you're obviously capable of, I get that - this is not furniture, but your methods indicate a sensibility of wood and how to put two pieces thereof together - and significant experience.

Not that you need validation - I just thought it was funny how that distracted me from your actual point in the other thread. Maybe it makes us "wood-nerds?"


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Grew up in the contracting biz Jeff..... but in the millwork/finish/cabinet end of it. My dad was brilliant in the field. Once he and some other family figured I was not going to school,no matter what... they gave up and started tutelage,at a pretty early age.Put my wife and four sons through college,3 with PHd's..... it's all good. We are all cut out for something?


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A true master tradesman with the experience and the brains to solve complex problems should be considered a Ph, D. Much of the time there is more knowledge and "class hours/residency" involved in mastering a trade than a many other terminal degrees. I always thought master craftsmen and tradesmen get the shaft on paper credentials, the trade licensing (if any, as in the case of auto techs there is none) is essentially meaningless on a resume due to lack of "liberal arts" requisites, and "I graduated from the school of HardKnocks with a Masters'" means diddly....until you show someone what you can actually DO.