Securing reloading machine to bench

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Securing reloading machine to bench

Post by John McCormick on Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:46 pm

I have a heavy steel roll-away tool box with a wooden work surface that I'd like to use as a reloading bench. I use a Dillon machine for pistol and MEC machines for shotgun and what I'd like to do is establish a permanent set of threaded holes for the different "footprints." That way I can secure and remove machines as needed, and still have a work surface that can be used for other things when I'm not reloading. Does anyone know of some sort of inside and outside threaded plug that would go in flush with the surface? The thickness of the wood top is 3/4".

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Post by STEVE SAMELAK on Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:57 pm

Most big box hardware stores have a specialty fastener cabinet.
Look at threaded inserts.
Drill the appropriate size hole & screw them in with a dab of glue to lube them.

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Post by willnewton on Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:00 pm

Yep, you need insert nuts, which you can get at Lowe's or Home Depot.  You screw them into the wood and then screw your hold-down hardware into them.  If you use the brass ones, make sure to make an installation tool made from a hexhead bolt and two nuts that match your insert.  Put the two nuts on the bolt and leave a good bit of thread exposed, then screw that into the insert and use it as a nut driver to get it into your worktop.  Loosen the top nut and you will be able to release the insert and back out the bolt.  Voila!  If you try to drive the insert in with a screwdriver, you will probably break it.

You can save yourself the trouble and get the ones with a hex socket in the top, but they might not be available locally.

You can also use tee nuts, which have a barbed flange and you install from the underside of the work surface.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=insert+nut
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Post by jmdavis on Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:08 pm

Bolt them from the bottom up. I'm not sure I would trust the insert nuts with the pressures from a progressive press and particularly not with a rifle press. 

The other option is quick change plates like the ones made by Lee and Inline Fabrication. Once the plates are mounted you can swap the presses in and out easily.

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Post by JIMPGOV on Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:20 pm

I HAVE 4 DILLON 1050'S. I HAVE ONLY USED DECK SCREWS. THEY WORK JUST FINE. JP


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Re: Securing reloading machine to bench

Post by Wobbley on Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:06 pm

You could to something like this guy.

http://ultimatereloader.com/2011/03/27/the-new-reloading-bench-system-at-ultimate-reloader/ 

Or also consider these.  They make a flush mounting system too.

https://inlinefabrication.com/collections/quick-change-press-mounting-system  

In any event I would fasten the movable wood top to the tool box.  Shifting tools get tiring to use because your body has to adapt to complex forces in odd ways.

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Re: Securing reloading machine to bench

Post by Victor Reyes on Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:51 pm

I would get a 3/4 plate of aluminum that would measure the size of your tool box top area. Have someone or you cut it nicely. Figure out where you want to put your reloading tool footprints and with a drill or drill press, drill holes and then tap threads to the aluminum plate. Just like a RCBS accessories plate, but much bigger.

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Re: Securing reloading machine to bench

Post by desben on Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:08 pm

My setup is not as sexy/permanent... I bolted my press to a piece of 2x8 and then C-clamp that to my work surface. Easy, solid and fast to install/remove.


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Re: Securing reloading machine to bench

Post by John McCormick on Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:21 am

Thank you for the replies. Now I know what to ask for at Home Depot or Lowes.

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Re: Securing reloading machine to bench

Post by blindshooter on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:37 pm

This works for me in the small space I have now. I have used this setup in three different homes an two different shops.
Decent grade 3/4 plywood, glue and screw the "tool plates". I used forstner bit to make recess for bolt heads. Rack for tool/machine storage under bench except for 1050, its too tall with feeder post. I also use two different height benches.
Make a blank for when you need a clear bench top. I think the plates and socket are 9in on top and 11in on bottom (I'm not home now). Hold down bolts may be needed if your wood working skills suck as do mine.
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