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post #1 of 6 Old 04-29-2016, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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How To Attatch Shelves?

Good Morning. I am designing a reloading bench to build within the next week or two. I have attached a couple pictures to give an idea of what I am trying to build. The first picture is what I am basing my bench off of, and the second is the shelving I am wanting to build for the bench. The space where I am putting the bench is a 5' by 26" space in my room, which will be the size of the bench. I'm only 18 and will be living at home through Community College, so I am building the bench for my room and will eventually take it with me when I move out. The height of bench will be between 38" and 42", and the shelves will stop around 6' in height. I have a good idea how I am going to build the bench since I have build a work bench before, but I am unsure how to attach the shelves to the bench top. Is there a certain way I should attach the shelves? Thanks for any help or advice in advance.
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Why do you want to attach the shelves too the bench? Just let the shelf "unit" stand free.

If you just have to attach them for strability or "just because" there are any number of methods. Free floating dowels, strap between top and bench, Pocket screws, etc.

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If you are actually going to reload, do not let your shelves stand free. Jacking on the press can make for a lot of wiggle in the table unless you build the bench super-hellfor-stout... and then some. I even bolted my bench to a wall. However, attaching the shelves can be as simple as a couple of carefully laid out screws up from the bottom. George has several other options covered as well.

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My suggestion is build the bench and the shelf unit separately. Make the back of the shelf 3" longer to hang behind the bench. Attach to the apron surrounding the bench at the back with 4 screws.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Agreed. My reloading bench and shelves are separate and I think that is a better approach unless you do overbuild the bench.

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The only way to do this and keep your sanity is to dado everything. When all the slots are cut, the unit will actually somewhat square itself up. The need for a third hand is eliminated by using picture frame clamps. Just glue and air nail or screw where you can. Where you cant, the glue and surrounding structure will keep the shelves in place.
get some graph and hand draw the sketch with the dado slots. It will take a few hours of planning and about 15 minutes of assembly. Otherwise it might be the other way around.

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