My home built portable shooting bench
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Dale; You bench and mine are almost the same, except I made mine ambidextrous, and I don't use a wrench or rod to tighten the legs. I did cut the legs off to about 30 Inches because the bench was a little too tall for my folding chair. I would suggest a piece of indoor-outdoor carpet glued to the top with adhesive. It helps to protect your rifles finishes. And, I am putting a hook on the bottom of mine to hang a heavy sand bag in hopes of greater stability.
All in all an excellent job. I really like your carrying handle. Brodie
Thanks for the kind words, folks! This table had done yeoman service for me over the years.
I showed it to a friend not long after I built it. He went home and built one in an afternoon.
It works equally well for modern rifles and handguns, also, as you might expect.
Hello Dale53: Enclosed is a photo of a bench built along the same lines as the one you made. The bench was built around 2008 and has served me well over the years. The only problem I had was that it was not stable and tended to wobble. As you can see from the photo, I have cured that problem in stages with items found in local rock pits. It may look funky, but it is solid as a rock. Cove
Splaying the legs (see the detail pics) stiffens the table's legs, considerably. Having them tight in the sockets also minimizes any possible wobble.
I have been VERY happy with mine over the years. However, I DO recognize that sometimes there is “more than one way to skin a cat” :wnk:
This thread needs to be a Fouling Shot article!!
73 de KE4SKY In Home Mix We Trust From the Home of Ed's Red in "Almost Heaven" West Virginia
Hmmm, I really like the holes in the pipe to loosen/tighten. I have been packing a small pipe wrench.
I made a portable bench something like it last fall to use at the 'shooting shack' where we started having our Wyoming winter schuetzen matches.
I thought about building the legs angled but I did not know if it would make the table more stable or just look better. Having seen yours and you saying it IS more stable, maybe I will remount the sockets angled like yours and see.
My straight legs version does have a small bit of wobble. Not so bad that I can't settle in and shoot well, but all the same, less wobble is best.
I've thought about quick and easy ways to incorporate some kind of triangles into the legs for bomber stability. I have not figured out the “quick and easy” as it relates to portability yet!
Anyway - great ideas .....handle, holes in legs and I will try the angled legs. Thanks for sharing!
This thread needs to be a Fouling Shot article!!Ed;
I'll see what I can do. It has certainly been a useful piece of gear. I could NOT have developed my long range loads with my Black Powder Cartridge Rifle without it.
Rmrix; Thanks for the kind words. Sharing is what it's all about:dude::dude:
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