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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Member Projects => Topic started by: fignewton on April 14, 2021, 12:03 PM

Title: Shooting benches
Post by: fignewton on April 14, 2021, 12:03 PM
Friend asked me to build him 3 shooting benches.  Found this video on YouTube and liked the design and the fact that he already had a cut list embedded. 
shooting benches (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQjMDgWTYZY)
His estimate for "under $100" wasn't exactly accurate for today's times.  I changed the design to run the top boards from side to side in front of the shooter instead of lengthwise.  I used 9 2x6x8, 1 2x8x10, and I think 5 5/4 x 8 decking boards for the top.  (The video doesn't mention the top, only the frame structure.)  In addition, I used 2 full boxes of 2 3/4" screws (about 150 total), and then shorter ones for the top boards. Total materials was about $190 at today's prices.  Took me about 7-8 hours to build each one. They are SOLID and heavy! 
After building the first one and using my Kapex, I decided to go get the crown stops to provide better support for larger boards on the UG wings.  (See new review in Tool Review section). 
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Title: Re: Shooting benches
Post by: madjalapeno on April 14, 2021, 12:50 PM
I've spent too long with woodworking. First thought was this.

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2302/5983/products/IMG_0003_1080x810_403b3683-fc23-47e4-81dc-02fdc47e6dd8_530x.jpg?v=1586488342)
Title: Re: Shooting benches
Post by: squall_line on April 14, 2021, 01:13 PM
Very nice!

I don't have a Kapex (yet, or maybe ever? we'll see how it goes over the years), but I could see me trying to tackle a project like that with my HKC, other than the 45's.

How many people does it take to move?
Title: Re: Shooting benches
Post by: fignewton on April 14, 2021, 05:04 PM
when he came to get the first one on a trailer, it took 3 of us to get it on.  For the second, we didn’t have a third person, so I stuck a furniture dolly under the front and the two of us rolled it up onto the tilted trailer.  That worked pretty good. 
Title: Re: Shooting benches
Post by: Kevin C. on April 14, 2021, 10:55 PM
Nicely done. Looks rock solid too, very beefy.
Title: Re: Shooting benches
Post by: Packard on April 15, 2021, 08:14 AM
I suppose the second seat is for the spotter with the spotting scope. 

I've used shooting benches and I was always alone on the bench. 

Title: Re: Shooting benches
Post by: xedos on April 15, 2021, 08:49 AM
At today’s material prices (Apr 21’ ) a hundred bucks won’t get you enough lumber for one of those.  Under a hundred would be a pipe dream.
Title: Re: Shooting benches
Post by: squall_line on April 15, 2021, 09:07 AM
I suppose the second seat is for the spotter with the spotting scope. 

I've used shooting benches and I was always alone on the bench.

My thought on the second seat was that it was easier to make than a seat that can be rotated to either side, which is what I usually see at the county-owned ranges here.
Title: Re: Shooting benches
Post by: fignewton on April 15, 2021, 10:32 AM
...or to accommodate left and right-hand shooters
Title: Re: Shooting benches
Post by: squall_line on April 15, 2021, 10:52 AM
...or to accommodate left and right-hand shooters

Well, yes, that's the reason for the shape/double-sidedness; I was referring to why it was a bench rather than a swinging or rotating seat.

Title: Re: Shooting benches
Post by: Oldwood on April 15, 2021, 12:27 PM
I suppose the second seat is for the spotter with the spotting scope. 

I've used shooting benches and I was always alone on the bench.

I thought it might be for left-handed shooters?
Title: Re: Shooting benches
Post by: Crazyraceguy on April 15, 2021, 07:15 PM
I suppose the second seat is for the spotter with the spotting scope. 

I've used shooting benches and I was always alone on the bench.

I thought it might be for left-handed shooters?

You must be left handed, righties never think like that.
Title: Re: Shooting benches
Post by: damagi on July 16, 2021, 05:29 PM
I'm a righty, but shoot left handed due to cross-eye dominance. I was at camp this year and they had these fancy CNC cut plywood benches you could flip to go from right to left. Cool idea, a pain in the butt in practice. Having a seat on either side so folks can adjust as needed is a much better solution.