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  • gungate

    NRA Patron Member
    Apr 5, 2012
    10,981
    Damascus. MD
    Does anyone ever worry about overloading their reloading/ammo shelf? I tried to build the below to be beefy as shit using 2x4s with plywood shelves but I still am a little concerned about the weight of it all.

    I also want to add another shelf between the bottom 2 uprights as I have already run out of space.

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    K31

    "Part of that Ultra MAGA Crowd"
    MDS Supporter
    Jan 15, 2006
    33,380
    AA county
    Well, you could screw 4 more uprights into the existing ones. Make them into "L"s.
     

    Alea Jacta Est

    Extinguished member
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    Please don’t misunderstand it when I say “light weight”

    good to be concerned

    good to anticipate issues

    good to check in with the hive

    good to go unless you at least quadruple current stock

    unless you only used baling wire, bubble gum or finish nail/brads

    GTG
     

    rseymorejr

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    Feb 28, 2011
    22,929
    Harford County
    Does anyone ever worry about overloading their reloading/ammo shelf? I tried to build the below to be beefy as shit using 2x4s with plywood shelves but I still am a little concerned about the weight of it all.

    I also want to add another shelf between the bottom 2 uprights as I have already run out of space.

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    I think you're good. Could probaby use it as a ladder
     

    Bertfish

    Throw bread on me
    Mar 13, 2013
    15,019
    White Marsh, MD
    Run a leg up the front of the shelves in the middle and screw to each one if you're worried

    But they look well built I'm sure you're fine
     

    John from MD

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    May 12, 2005
    17,907
    Socialist State of Maryland
    Does anyone ever worry about overloading their reloading/ammo shelf? I tried to build the below to be beefy as shit using 2x4s with plywood shelves but I still am a little concerned about the weight of it all.

    I also want to add another shelf between the bottom 2 uprights as I have already run out of space.

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    That is something to keep in mind. It is a lot of weight.
     

    1time

    Active Member
    Apr 26, 2009
    1,958
    Baltimore, Md
    Aside from the top, you will run out of room before you weight can cause you problems, at least with ammo. Gold bricks may cause you a problem.
     

    Rockzilla

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    Feb 6, 2010
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    looks good, what's the span left to right 4'? suggestion would be a center support
    of some kind, is there any "sway" left to right?, I used 2x6's for the cross pieces, 4x4's
    for the posts, either Simpson Strong-Ties, or "joist hangers" for the cross supports,
    eventually went with warehouse racking (free) that orange stuff HD uses, for ammo
    cans, bullets. But what you have with that span will work for you "now" looks like it's
    in a closet or nook, with walls on the sides to help if it sways to one side.

    -Rock
     

    Harrys

    Short Round
    Jul 12, 2014
    2,186
    SOMD
    A 2×4 can hold a horizontal load of around 20 to 40 pounds per linear foot.
    The maximum vertical load for a single 2x4 was between 1.5 and 2 TONS
    1/2″ plywood can support up to 35 pounds per square foot.
     

    Pinecone

    Active Member
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    Feb 4, 2013
    27,992
    The thing I would worry about is the shelves themselves. I think that over time the centers of the plywood will sag.

    You should put some cross pieces under them from the front rail and rear rail.
     

    gungate

    NRA Patron Member
    Apr 5, 2012
    10,981
    Damascus. MD
    looks good, what's the span left to right 4'? suggestion would be a center support
    of some kind, is there any "sway" left to right?, I used 2x6's for the cross pieces, 4x4's
    for the posts, either Simpson Strong-Ties, or "joist hangers" for the cross supports,
    eventually went with warehouse racking (free) that orange stuff HD uses, for ammo
    cans, bullets. But what you have with that span will work for you "now" looks like it's
    in a closet or nook, with walls on the sides to help if it sways to one side.

    -Rock

    It is right around 40" wide (20" deep) I made it to fit that space. Each shelf is framed 2x4s. I did consider the center cross but felt the span wasn't long enough to bother.

    There is no racking at all right to left (or front to back) the unit is totally solid as those dados you see are exact measurements of the 2x4. The screws just hold it together the stand is solid wood from top to bottom and no bolts are in sheer. I used to build aquarium stands and used the same general design with wood supporting the load 100%.

    The below is the reloading bench I just completed and I am kind of thinking I should have planned on the reloading bench in the alcove space and the ammo shelves along the side.

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