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 Posted: Sat Dec 29th, 2007 05:23 PM
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A rickety folding card table does not bring out the full potenial in my rifles.  I would like to build a simple, portable shooting bench that I can take to the fields and woods. I've got a front rest and sandbags so all I need is a bench.

Has anyone seen plans for building such a device?  I saw several free plans on the web, but they were getting into welding or costly iron pipe and fixtures.  Seems to me some clever gadgeteer would have come up with a reasonably solid bench that can be made out of old lumber.

I'd be grateful for a couple of pics if you wish to share your own personal invention. Thanks for your consideration.




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Rusty

  I went to a local surplus store and picked up some 1/2" plexiglass and then I cut it out in the form of a T.   I used a 2x4 on the top end of the T, drilled some pilot holes and bolted the 2x4 on using carriage bolts, same thing for the vertical part of the T.  I went to Lowes and bought some flanges that pipe could screw into and drilled those on, screwed a 30' angle I think it was in them and spot welded those so they didn't move.  Bought pipe the length I wanted put a double female connector on and those are my legs.  It works won't say that I would take it benchrest shooting but it works pretty well.   I also have another one but it uses a 1" metal frame.  
  Hope this helps you. 

  Take care Be safe Poacher.



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Poacher, thanks for sharing information about your bench.  I'm collecting thoughts and may well incorporate some of your details.



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Here is a pic of the portable, folding bench I use.



The three legged design is self leveling and the chains let me raise or lower either end.  Rock solid, never flexes and lots of room for all the necessary "goodies".



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Clever looking rig.  What is the construction of the top and legs?  Looks like you might have used a heavy wooden door of some kind.  How much does your bench weigh when folded up?  Thanks for posting the good photograph.

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The 3 main pieces are 3/4" plywood skins and 3/4 x 3/4 strips forming a type of torsion box construction.

As is it weighs about 60-70 pounds and the weight only helps with the stiffness.  One guy can handle it with the handles I put on it and with two guys it's a piece of cake.

I plan on another one with 1/2" skins and thicker middle strips.  It should be much lighter but just as stiff as this one.:wink:



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ss7mm schreef: The 3 main pieces are 3/4" plywood skins and 3/4 x 3/4 strips forming a type of torsion box construction.

As is it weighs about 60-70 pounds and the weight only helps with the stiffness.  One guy can handle it with the handles I put on it and with two guys it's a piece of cake.

I plan on another one with 1/2" skins and thicker middle strips.  It should be much lighter but just as stiff as this one.:wink:


Is there no movement from the play in the hinges you used?

 



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No, it's rock solid.  The bottom three points have metal corner protectors on them.  When I first set it up on the ground I grab the rear leg and drag it a little to the rear.  This sets the two front bottom points firmly in the ground.  Then, with the rear leg on the ground, I kick slightly on the inside of the rear leg towards the rear and this sets the rear leg firmly in the ground and takes out all slack in the chains etc.



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ss7mm - I can't quite picture how your bench folds flat. It there some kind of a dogleg in the hinge area of the aft leg that allows it to fold over the top of the front leg?



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The back leg is spaced down from the top so that it folds over the front leg.



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Nice and neat. I like it.



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I'm gonna tag this post just incase somebody comes up with an ideal for one that fits on a backpack and doesn't weigh more than about 50lbs.

By the way, nice set up.



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I need one myself too, have tried on Google, but obviously have not used the right words-no match.

I would like to have a drawing of a shooting table, top made of thick plywood, legs made of thick-walled gas pipe.



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ss7mm - Do you have any dimensions available for your bench? How long are the legs? What is the size of the top? etc.
Thanks



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MinotBob wrote: ss7mm - Do you have any dimensions available for your bench? How long are the legs? What is the size of the top? etc.
Thanks
My email address is in my profile.  Send me your email address and I'll send you a full set of pics with all dimensions.



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I took a scrap piece of 3/4" ply wood and attached the end of it to my dining room table with 2 small "c" clamps. I then put my press on the end of the ply sticking off the table (about an inch or so) and put another set of small c clamps on it. Ready to go and simple to set up. And cheap yup thats me.



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First time I've seen this thred. Here's what I have:



In the back of the Bronco






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Don Fischer wrote: First time I've seen this thred. Here's what I have:



In the back of the Bronco





Don that's a great setup and simple. It also looks like the weight is manageable and the legs could be temp fastened in a laydown fashion, add a handle and its a great package if it had to be carried a bit. Nice job. Looks like your 2 helpers are ready to go.
Are the leg mounts on tapered blocks. How did you do that?

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The table is 1 1/4" car decking but my first was two pices of 3/4" glued together. Those pads started as 1"x4"x4", that's a full 1", maple. Set that on edge and ran it thru my band saw from the left side in front to the right side in back. Those I glued and screwed in place then screwed on a 1 1/4" pipe floor flange. The legs are just 1 1/4" black water pipe with caps on the ground end. Whole thing might be 50# and doesn't take up room to speak of.



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Don Fischer wrote: The table is 1 1/4" car decking but my first was two pices of 3/4" glued together. Those pads started as 1"x4"x4", that's a full 1", maple. Set that on edge and ran it thru my band saw from the left side in front to the right side in back. Those I glued and screwed in place then screwed on a 1 1/4" pipe floor flange. The legs are just 1 1/4" black water pipe with caps on the ground end. Whole thing might be 50# and doesn't take up room to speak of.
It looks great. I just cut  taper pads on my table saw. Picked up pipe at Ace with flanges and just need to cut the relief in the top.

I have made 2 in the past but a little to heavy and not as quick and dirty as your design. Ended up leaving them at the sites where I was shooting but I needed something that I could pack up and go. Saw yours and new it was what I was looking for.

thanks for the post and great pics



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