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Offline fignewton

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Shooting benches
« 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. 

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). 
« Last Edit: April 14, 2021, 12:09 PM by fignewton »
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Offline madjalapeno

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Re: Shooting benches
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2021, 12:50 PM »
I've spent too long with woodworking. First thought was this.

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Offline squall_line

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Re: Shooting benches
« Reply #2 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?

Offline fignewton

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Re: Shooting benches
« Reply #3 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. 
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Offline Kevin C.

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Re: Shooting benches
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2021, 10:55 PM »
Nicely done. Looks rock solid too, very beefy.

Offline Packard

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Re: Shooting benches
« Reply #5 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. 


Offline xedos

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Re: Shooting benches
« Reply #6 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.

Offline squall_line

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Re: Shooting benches
« Reply #7 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.

Offline fignewton

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Re: Shooting benches
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2021, 10:32 AM »
...or to accommodate left and right-hand shooters
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Offline squall_line

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Re: Shooting benches
« Reply #9 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.


Offline Oldwood

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Re: Shooting benches
« Reply #10 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?
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Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Shooting benches
« Reply #11 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.
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Offline damagi

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Re: Shooting benches
« Reply #12 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.