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Old 07-23-2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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Anyone here built there own portable shooting bench for sighting the rifles in? any pics?

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Old 07-23-2011, 08:51 PM   #2
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Ya I built one. Check out my pics.
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:02 PM   #3
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I make my own. The one I'm using now is my favorite. Top is 1 1/4" car decking. Underneath are three hardwood wedges screwed and glued to the table top. On the wedges are 1 1/4" black pipe floor flanges. 1 1/4" pipe is the legs and they screw into the floor flanges. On the other end of the legs are 1 1/4" end caps. You left handed? I know I have an extra left hand top and maybe a right hand top.

I just went out and checked. I've got one left hand and one right hand. Both have wedges and floor flanges already installed. You'll need three legs and pipe caps.

Bottom of table and legs


Table with legs on


Table asymbled and ready to use
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:49 PM   #4
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Try Googling "Portable shooting bench homemade". I just did and it said it had about 2.3 million hits. Probably only the first ten are any good but see what you think.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:06 PM   #5
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:33 PM   #6
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:34 PM   #7
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There's a lot of info here on IFISH. I ran a search and came up with this:

Rotating shooting bench

Shooting Bench

Homemade shooting bench

Let's Talk Bench Rests

Homemade bench rest?

Shootin Bench

Portable shooting bench ?

I have a portable take-down bench that I bought a long time ago at the Sportsman's Show. It's all made from a single sheet of 1" plywood and it fits together without any hardware. Pretty cool really but I've never seen another one. I'll see if I can find a pic.

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Dons benches are very nice. I have most of the ingredients out in the pile. 1 1/8" plywood i have. Pipe for at least two legs, i think. hardwood shims cut to the right angle from house jacking/leveling. I guess leg length is my question. And i know i have several 3/4" x 48" heavy pipe and the local hardware probable has the mount rings for it with caps. Would they be strong enough? too long?
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Table leg length depends on your chair height.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:21 AM   #10
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Dons benches are very nice. I have most of the ingredients out in the pile. 1 1/8" plywood i have. Pipe for at least two legs, i think. hardwood shims cut to the right angle from house jacking/leveling. I guess leg length is my question. And i know i have several 3/4" x 48" heavy pipe and the local hardware probable has the mount rings for it with caps. Would they be strong enough? too long?
I cut the shims from a piece of 3/4x6 maple I think it was. Cut it down to 4x4 square block then stand on edge and cut diagional. If you look at the position of those shims in the photo, draw a square line from the center of each shim and you'll see the all intersect at a spot under the top. Thats suoopsed to be the most stable point. Absolutely no shake in the table. For a seat I have a folding camp stool but I have used a lawn chair and either works the same. The folding stool takes up less space in the car. Legs are 30" threaded both ends so caps screw on the bottom and keep the legs from sinking.

I did one similar before this one but the legs were to shaky. They were 3/4" pipe and flanges screwed right to the table top. It worked by the table was shaky and when the screws worked loose in the soft wood, I could't get then tight again without moving then to a bit different spot.

I have a plan drawned and will scan it and post if anyone wants it. The most expensive part was the top. I had to buy a 4x8 sheet of the stuff and there's enough for three tables there.
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