Work station set-up

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max503 posted this 11 August 2022

Any efficiency professionals out there? How do you arrange your cast equipment? What's your work station set-up? I'm thinking ergonomics. With me, I have my pot in front, then I turn to the left and knock off the sprue, then shift left again and open the mold onto a towel lined flat.
I use a Lee bottom pour pot. I'm thinking of adding something to rest the mold on under the spout when I open the valve to pour. Just wondering if anyone has any tips or ideas to share.
Usually, my casting stuff stays in a bucket and I cobble up a work station in the garage out of stools and such. I'd like to make a small, dedicated work station that I could leave outside on the patio under the eaves of the house. Something I could cover up like the old roll top desks. But something that would be compact-ish and weather proof. I even thought about converting an old bbq grill. You see people putting them out on the curb. Those are made to stand out in the weather. IDK. I'm brainstorming and asking for ideas. Thanks in advance.

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Aaron posted this 11 August 2022

My pot is on the work bench. I twist far right to knock off the sprue, go left to drop bullets on towel at belt height. Then back to pot. I cast standing up. I noticed that when seated, mold is brought over legs and lap, and too near the jewels. I do NOT want any chance of molten lead dripping on the legs, lap, belly, jewels, or any other body parts if seated.

Bottom line is to make what you have work.

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max503 posted this 11 August 2022

I was thinking about that yesterday while sitting in front of the pot. Your face can get close. Good point.

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David Reiss CBA Membership Director posted this 12 August 2022

Here's my set up. My PID is under the stand holding up the pot. This gets the pot up high enough for me to see what I am doing. I use a long leather apron to keep the lead of me. the sprue is cut on the left and bullets dropped onto soft an angled cloth so that the bullets roll out of the way for the next drop. It works great for me. 






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mashburn posted this 12 August 2022

First of all, I' don't resemble an efficiency expert. Here is my casting set up. I purchased one of the little roll around carts from the big boat store (harbor freight). The top of it hinges up and there is a storage area beneath the lid, it has four drawers and a big area underneath with a bottom for a large shelf. I cut a piece of 3/4 inch plywood that is wider and longer than the metal top. I bolted this plywood to the top of the cart. You can still lift the lid to the storage compartment below. When I cast, I set my hot plate (to warm my molds up) on the left side, my bottom pour pot in the center and lay my pad for the bullets to drop on, to the right, I have enough room to drop the cut off sprues right in front of to the right whatever is the most convenient, You have all of the drawers for storage of tools, molds and such, It has 4 sturdy castors, all of which can be locked. With these wheels I can roll it around to anyplace I prefer to cast. I normally raise an over- head door and roll the cart up to the edge of the slab, put a fan behind me and have fun.I keep a supply of cut off blocks (2x4 1/4 and such) to build a rest for my molds to set on while pouring. I set on a wood bar stool that I bought at Wal-Mart years ago and is just the right height. When the weather is nice, I sometimes roll this rig outside, beneath a big shade tree to do my casting. When not in use I can store the lead pot, hot plate and my toaster oven, that I use for powder coating on the large bottom shelf, It also makes a nice little roll around work bench. I also use it to set my vibratory case cleaner on when I'm cleaning cases. My problem is, when I need to get something out of the top storage compartment, I usually have stuff setting on the top and I have to clean it off before I can open it,

Mashburn

David a. Cogburn

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Waleone posted this 12 August 2022

Here is my multi purpose play space. My combination welding, blacksmithing and bullet casting area. Soon to add baking of bullet powder coatings also. If I have a welding project on the table, I have a steel top cart on wheels I can roll under the 16' wide exhaust hood. This garage is at the bottom of my 1/4 mile long driveway, so no fumes in the house for the wife to complain about. Also, I like to keep as much flammables as possible away from stuff that can catch them on fire!

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cfp4570 posted this 12 August 2022

I set my Lee pot on my steel weld table with a fume hood that is at a comfortable height to use while sitting down, but is tall enough to have a good view of the spout, and I do use a chunk of steel to support the weight of the mold under the spout; handy on those 6 cavity muscle wreckers. Under the lead pot is a cheap, large, sheet metal cookie sheet. I drop the sprues directly on the cookie sheet and have an 8x8 cake pan with old canvas shot bags in it to my left at about 10 o'clock that the bullets are dropped into. When the sprues pile up, they are scooped up off the cookie sheet and dropped back into the pot and by that time I'm ready for a break anyway. The cookie sheet keeps most of the "fines" and mess contained.

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Bud Hyett posted this 13 August 2022

Offering the following to provoke thought as the amuint of cast bullets shot each year by two of us requires a semi-production line approach. Added to this is using two meltng pots for two differnt alloys. Built a reloading shed that was too narrrow (seven by twelve) and now have built one that is too wide (eight by fourteen). The thought was to set up all the melting pots, lubri-sizers, presses,in a line to eliminate the all- consuming setup time. This has worked, 

The first is seven feet wide and with benches on both sides, Alice and I were continually bumping into each other when reloading. The second is ten feet wide with benches on both sides. Alice and I now have plenty of room. However, I'll need special handling permits to haul it when I move. 

Therefore, were I to build another, it woud be eight feet wide by twenty feet long with benches on one side and across the back plus shelves and racks for storage on the backsjde wall. Benches on each wall is good, but a longer shed with one bench and ready stoage on the wall behind is a better concept.  

Farm boy from Illinois, living in the magical Pacific Northwest

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max503 posted this 13 August 2022

I set my Lee pot on my steel weld table with a fume hood that is at a comfortable height to use while sitting down, but is tall enough to have a good view of the spout, and I do use a chunk of steel to support the weight of the mold under the spout; handy on those 6 cavity muscle wreckers. Under the lead pot is a cheap, large, sheet metal cookie sheet. I drop the sprues directly on the cookie sheet and have an 8x8 cake pan with old canvas shot bags in it to my left at about 10 o'clock that the bullets are dropped into. When the sprues pile up, they are scooped up off the cookie sheet and dropped back into the pot and by that time I'm ready for a break anyway. The cookie sheet keeps most of the "fines" and mess contained.


I like that cookie sheet idea.

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SkinnerD posted this 18 August 2022

Max503 posted "Something I could cover up like the old roll top desks. But something that would be compact-ish and weather proof. I even thought about converting an old bbq grill."

An old Weber Silver, the original hooded BBQ grill from early 2000s would be ideal.

John - New Zealand

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max503 posted this 18 August 2022

 

This is my current, outdoor set-up.  Like I said, its mobile.  It fits in the bucket.

I'm working on a permanent station on the back porch.  Got the fan in the window.  Pics to follow soon.

I cast, then swing left to knock off the sprue, then turn further left to drop the boolits.

 

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mashburn posted this 23 August 2022

David

II looks like you are getting maximum use out of a very small highly organized space. Things have to be well organized and kept that way it such a space, and your workshop certainly appears to be so, good job.

From 1976-1993 I did my reloading in a big walk-in closet under a stair way. My reloading bench was on one wall (a very narrow bench I might add) and a rifle rack on the other wall. Needless to say, it had to be kept in very good order. If I had as much reloading equipment as I do now, I wouldn't have been able to do it. I built on to the house in 93 and built a large reloading room in the new addiition. After 5 years of use, I sold the house and bought another. But with the move, I now have two shops,It looks like you did a lot of planning or trial and error when you set your casting shed up. Good job.

Mashburn

David a. Cogburn

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David Reiss CBA Membership Director posted this 23 August 2022

It is a tight fit, but it works for me. I figured this will be my last time setting up, so I planned for weeks, making scale drawings to utilize every inch of space. I can't remember if I posted other photos before, but I will now showing the other end of my reloading bench. Those photos only show my casting side of the bench. 







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