This is still a work in progress. I leveled and screwed treated 2x4s to the floor and a 1/4 to the wall. After reinforcing the cabinet bases a bit I set them on top of the 2x4s and screwed them into the 1×4 on the wall. A standard 2×4 was screwed to the top perimeter of the cabinet bases and wherever each base butted together. These gave me an additional 1-1/2″ of height and also will provide a place to screw the bench top down. The bench top will be true 2×6 and 2×8 white ash planks that will be screwed to the 2x4s from underneath. I plan to use heavy wood screws or lag bolt to screw the presses etc.. directly to the bench top as I don’t think I will want or need to move them much once everything is in place.
The bench top is 40″ high and 24″ deep. The finished bench top will be in a “L” shape. The long leg of the L will extend the entire length of the back wall and be about 12′. The short leg will be about 30″ long. The space under the corner of the L will remain open so I can sit on stool comfortably there.
Small tools will be placed in the cabinet drawers. Components will be stored behind the cabinet doors. The cabinet in the short base was originally for a sink. The “drawer” will be re-worked to be functional and should be just long enough for barrel storage. One of the lower cabinets will be insulated and wired with a timer to place the tumbler. I am fabricating some horizontal and vertical rifle racks that will be hung above the bench top for storage/ display.