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Old 05-01-2017, 10:19 AM
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I needed a more stable rifle shooting platform because my first one was for portability, quick and easy to assembly and easy to teardown. Even though my new one would sit on my patio and not move, I decided to make it with a concrete top and steel base. I guess the pictures tell the story but here some of the particulars. The concrete top has a rebar frame and is 3 1/2" thick and the top edges are chamfered. The top alone weighs 200 pounds. The steel frame is welded starting with a "tee" shaped 1/4" x 6" flat and where the 3" x 3" square box tubing is welded to. The seat pivots on a swing arm so it can swing from left to right so one can shoot from either side. It pivots on a 1/2" bolt that sits on a nylon washer for easy movement. The seat as well as the 3 round feet are made from 3/4" black UMHW (polyethylene) which I made using a router and circle jig for a perfect circle. Where I shoot here at home on my patio I'm exposed to the sun so I made a bracket and a 50 pound concrete weight/stand for an umbrella to sit in. I still have to peel off the 5 gallon bucket from the concrete. Except for the concrete umbrella stand, I figure the whole table weighs somewhere around 275 to 300 pounds. All and all I'm very pleased with this shooting bench.































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Old 05-01-2017, 10:24 AM
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That umbrella might make it shake it a bit in a breeze?
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Old 05-01-2017, 10:29 AM
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Yes I thought of the wind and the umbrella too so if that windy I will not be shooting or I'll be out in the sun.
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Old 05-01-2017, 10:36 AM
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Nice work.
Shot off a concrete bench down on the Lone Star Ranch, Tilden , Texas and promised I would do the same. My problem was my access to the small 100yrd range is not that easy so I built a frame from telephone poles and then laid 3ft by 2ft x 2 inch thick concrete slabs in top. two 3fts laid end to end, then two more either side leaving a 2ft gap in the centre to shoot from. Makes a 6ft by 5ft table. Solid as a rock.
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Old 05-01-2017, 10:40 AM
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NICE BENCH what she weigh ?

I doubt a breeze 1-3 mph will do anything but above 5 mph maybe .
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Looks like a nice bench. I probably wouldn't have attached the seat to the bench. With the weight it may make no difference. I'm continuous of any outside movement which could influence a shot.
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:20 AM
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Weight is somewhere around 275 to 300 pounds.

The umbrella was an after thought when I completed the bench. If it's windy it just won't be used.
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:26 AM
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Weight is somewhere around 275 to 300 pounds.

The umbrella was an after thought when I completed the bench. If it's windy it just won't be used.
I like the umbrella idea,,, esp if it can angle and lower depending on time of day and location the sun can be a real sun of a beoch !!!!
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I thought mine was getting too fancy because I knocked the slag off the welds....
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:39 AM
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I forgot to mention the seat is on a 3/4" acme threaded rod that is welded to a plate so the seat is totally adjusted for height.



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Old 05-01-2017, 12:55 PM
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WE HAVE concrete benches at my club...be advised to put down a blanket or jacket,brcause your shooting arm will get chafed from recoil
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Old 05-01-2017, 01:24 PM
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Cptjack,

I had actually thought about the recoil and the concrete. I did vibrate the concrete so it's very smooth but I also thought about putting something down on the top just for the reason you said. Thanks.
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Old 05-01-2017, 10:05 PM
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Piece of old carpet does the job and also stops things rolling off
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we have concrete benches at our club and all are covered with indoor/outdoor carpet glued to the top.
Helps keep from scratching up a nice stock as well as keeping things in place.
Like your setup.
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Very nice work! Been thinking of doing the same. Wooden benches that are own MikeG built for me onsite are getting a bit long in the tooth. I'm going to use the concrete top and cinder block filled legs.
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How did you chamfer the top edges?
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Old 05-03-2017, 02:29 PM
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Great looking bench.
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Old 05-03-2017, 02:54 PM
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Nice work!

One of the ranges local has benches like yours. They made the support leg from a "Sonotube" (which is basically a cardboard concrete form) They rebarred everything together (I assume), and poured it together as well (that much is obvious). The sonotube is buried in the ground (no idea how deep). There are two metal rings around the finished leg. One is simply a support for the other which holds the swinging seat. For my mind, it's tough to find a better rig, and yours is a primo example.
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Old 05-03-2017, 03:23 PM
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[QUOTE=nimrod26;1651674] [SNIP] The concrete top has a rebar frame and is 3 1/2" thick and the top edges are chamfered. [SNIP] The steel frame is welded starting with a "tee" shaped 1/4" x 6" flat and where the 3" x 3" square box tubing is welded to. [SNIP]





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You bolted the frame to the top via imbedded bolts. What you don't show is the attachments for the bolts in the poured concrete.
Please explain how you did that.
Overall, excellent design.
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Old 05-03-2017, 03:25 PM
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**** fine job

wish I had the room for such

thanks for sharing
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