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Old 05-03-2017, 03:28 PM
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Old 05-03-2017, 06:04 PM
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Looks good! You could fall back on those skills building prison furniture if you ever needed to.
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Old 05-03-2017, 06:07 PM
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Ranch Dog, The chamfering was easy. I just cut the corners off a few 2 x 4"s with my tablesaw blade set a 45 degrees. I then just shot a few small nails in them with an air nailer. Worked great.



RoGrrr, I took 2 bolts and welded a 5" long 3/8" rebar to the heads of the bolts making it a "long U". I made 3 of these "U" bolts and are the ones by each of the 3 legs.The picture with the wood "tee" was used as a template that matched the steel tee.

I shot today using it for the first time at 100 and 200 yards. I love it!

The top is extremely smooth and so far no issues with it and recoil and scratching me. I will cover it though. Here is a picture of the bench with the umbrella.

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Old 05-03-2017, 06:08 PM
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Prison furniture....Thats funny!
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:42 AM
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Nice but to much work for me @ My age.
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I too am considering a shooting bench in my back yard. Just so happens that the back yard sits on a hill(with the rest of the house) over looking a pretty fair draw, where quite a bit of game passes through. deer, hogs, turkey, as well as coyotes and an occasional bobcat. Lots of rabbits, jacks and cottontails.
I'm gonna build an outdoor cooking area right out there with it, so with a bit of planning, I can use(justify) it as a picnic table most of the time. I think I'll put a permanent awning over it, in case it rains. I like the concrete idea. I had considered that myself. Glad to see I'm not alone there. I think instead of a flat top, I may try to either recess the top surface down about a quarter inch, or at least build some recessed areas in the top, to prevent empties from rolling off the table.
Of course, there are also two doors into the house right out there. Wonder how that happened? one of them goes right into my bedroom. Hmmm? And that sleeping porch, along with the shedded on porches all the way around the house. Curiouser and curiouser?
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Old 05-04-2017, 09:52 AM
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nice bench for 1000 yds. my picknick table has worked for twenty years off the porch but my pets don't like the noise too much. your neighbors look to be a lot closer than mine.
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Thanks!

That really looks great!
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:23 PM
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Looks good.
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Old 05-07-2017, 11:21 AM
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That almost looks like a professional built it. lol
So what else goes on in the nice shop when its not being used for building benches?
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Old 05-07-2017, 02:05 PM
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Longshot378,

To answer your question my shop was built for woodworking. I build cabinets and furniture and occasionally dabble in other materials when I get bored.

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Old 05-08-2017, 05:17 AM
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Longshot378,

To answer your question my shop was built for woodworking. I build cabinets and furniture and occasionally dabble in other materials when I get bored.

I was joking of coarse, but did recognize the equiptment. One of my sons has a large full time cabinet shop here in Florida, and another is into building rustic furniture in a pretty big way in PA.
Ive been into building benches for many years, but always the portable type due to our hunting style.
Recently, since getting very old, I find standing while shooting much easier. But that creates another stability issue for the light benches. So we bought several of the very good and pricey tripod systems.
We found they work pretty well for lighter guns, but not so well with long barreled heavier ones, so we
designed our own.
The thing is only about 35# total weight when assembled, and is no doubt at least (close) to your bench as for stability. So far weve taken it out to 1500 yds. practicing on rocks with very good results.
Mind you now this is strictly a portable device for hunting. We do have a very good regular bench at our camp for serious group shooting.
The beach umbrella will work just fine so long as there is little wind. I have installed a smaller one on the bow of my 17' boat which comes in handy with the Florida sun.
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Old 05-09-2017, 05:08 PM
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Excellent work. Judging from your shop equipment and your photos, you are a craftsman. Did you use J bolts in concrete, carriage bolts or just bolts and washers for the steel flats? Thanks for sharing this, real good job
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Old 05-09-2017, 05:24 PM
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How did you chamfer the top edges?
Actually he might regret the large chamfer as it means the gun sets up further away from the edge and you have to lean over more to get into it . Otherwise a mighty job and should be nice and rigid .

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Old 05-10-2017, 09:12 AM
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Actually he might regret the large chamfer as it means the gun sets up further away from the edge and you have to lean over more to get into it . Otherwise a mighty job and should be nice and rigid .
Your comment is a bit of a (stretch) lol.
My guess would be he installed the bolts after the concrete cured by drilling with a masonry bit and then used epoxy to install the bolts.
But we shall see.
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Old 05-10-2017, 06:28 PM
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Longshot, Here is my portable shooting bench that I was using here at home and worked pretty well but still wanted a more stable platform. When I made this one I had intended to use all the time but that changed so I made the concrete bench.







MAStewart, I took two carriage bolts and welded a 4" piece of rebar to them making wide "U" bolts. I made 3 of these bolts along with two other bolts and welded a short piece of rebar to these single bolts forming a "T". I mounted these on a wood template and then set in into the concrete. This template aligned the bolts with the 1/4" x 6 metal top frame. Worked very well too.

Country, The chamfer so far has not bothered me yet and still glad I did it. I do wished I had cut the back two corners off with a small 45 degree but still very happy with the bench.

As to my shop, it is just over 1500 square feet, has hot water radiant heat, dust collection ductwork under the concrete floor with 11 "dust ports" strategically planned around the building and for certain machines and all goes to a cyclone 3hp dust collector. Also, all the electrical (with the exception of wall outlets) is under the floor too so I don't have any power cords on the floor. The shop was featured in Wood Magazine in 2007 and in 2010. Here's a link to the article if your interested.

Simply Radiant | WOOD Magazine

Sorry, guess I kind of got off the original subject......shooting.
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Old 05-13-2017, 08:13 AM
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You certainly have a wonderfull setup with that shop, and you answered my question to myself about the dust collection.
My son used large diameter overhead pvc, reduced to smaller diameter to each machine. He's now working on pumping it directly into a large dump trailer, rather than containers, then manually dumping them into the trailer.
His is rented space in an industrial complex, so everything as for setup is after the fact.

Again, an excellent job on the portable bench.
Our needs, therefore our designs are somewhat different. First and foremost, portability as in carrying it from a vehicle to a hunting location possibly a considerable distance away is a must.
Therefore weight is a major issue, and that means aluminum, not steel. Also due to steep terrain, adjustable legs are a must. We prefer the single leg in front and 2 legs in back for stability, and we also use 4 leg designs as well.
The T handle setup you have for removing the legs, would be identicle to what we do for the leg adjustments about 8" from the bottom/ground. Sometimes we just bend a pc of all thread. Our legs are heavy wall aluminum electrical conduit, with the inner leg for adjustment, a size smaller than the outer one. Usually 1" ID, and 1 1/4" ID conduit, and the conduit couplings at the top angled and welded to an 1 1/2" lite aluminum angle iorn frame, with a single layer of 5/8 plywood attached to that. O A dimensions of the top on a 4 leg bench would be about 24" wide, X 36" long, with the shooting end of the plywood radiused in a semi circle for easy moving around behind it. We as a rule keep them as low as possible for better stability, and shoot from our knees on a carpet scrap, or from a low stool or bucket being the highest. The legs are stored under the plywood top when broken down for travel. A 1/4" carriage bolt down thru the plywood top with an aluminum strap across the legs with a wing nut secures them well. Adjust them so the ends butt against the angle iorn. The bench can be attached to an Alice pack frame, or carried with a sling for transporting. In fact, weve considered a pack frame design also, but were getting a bit lazy. lol
As a rule, total weight will be about 20/25 lb, depending on number of legs.

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Old 05-17-2017, 11:39 AM
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Longshot,
Sounds like your son also has a nice shop. I take all my sawdust, dump it into a big pile and burn it. Smolders for a few days. 😀

Also sounds like you have your shooting bench down pat. My portable weighs just at 40 pounds. Never even gave it a thought about using aluminum, but then I'm not trying to lug it around eveywhere for hunting. 😀
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:22 AM
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Horse people will take all the (clean) dust they can get.
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