Really underground garage
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
Good luck with your bench,sounds like fun.
Generally we have three distinct areas ...well four if you consider a part fixtured in a machine.
>General disassembly,sights and minor fiddle'ing/tuning gets done on an old guvment desk with indoor/outdoor carpet and or a cpl of those store style matts.Lots of clear fishing lure bxs filled with spares....majic marker'd on ends as to contents.Very fast finding parts that way.
>Stockwork goes almost always in cabmet shop.....lighting being paramount.Got a huge observation light out of a doctors office rehab years ago.....swings over some different vises.Wood,synthetics dust get whisped away by DC system.Mainly checkering and inlet/bedding.Finishing gets a trip to spray booth.
>Cleaning,specifically brrl cleaning has evolved over the years.Had a nice steel tripod,adj everything....with a 3x12x32 slab of Mohagony on top.No finish and just let it soak up whatever.Theres still a spot on a wall where cleaning rods would exit and spurt cleanin fluid,haha.It was a nice arrangement and honestly,the "leakage" issue wasn't that big of deal.Cleaned thousands of guns on it over a 15 year period.Nowadays I hand hold rifles over a plastic waste can...using proper chamber guides,really run alot of fluid and brush passes through.Then stand rifle up,muzzle down over a baking pan liberated from kitchen.Then patch out the following day.
If I was designing a commercial cleaning station,I'd probably go with stainless.And have the sides up high enough with an exhaust hood of sorts over;pulling up.And putting alot of attention on where the cleaning rods would be staged,cause there would be at least 1/2 dz.This would be part of a larger bench connected to a nice shop built SS parts cleaner...maybe 40 G or so.Again,good luck with your project!BW
Last edited by BWSmith; 03-15-2011 at 04:49 AM.