Diy shooting table to be left outside ideas?

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I own a property 20min drive from my place and I'm looking at setting up a small range.

Im looking for ideas for a simple shooting table that can be left there 24/7

Im even half tempted to mount something in a small shipping container or garden shed so I have shade when I shoot or at least amle a simple roof for it.
 
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well portable there was a post in the forums someone had a tow behind trailer with a ineradicable set up a bench with an over hang for shade It really made me drool lol .they do make portable just throw it in your truck and go but anything you leave outside is subject to others and while I do like people they trash any good thing they find but concrete could be an option maybe a nice solid frame would stand up to others abuse . good luck on what ever you decide to do or make it would be nice to see a pic or so when you do it .
 

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Was considering a concrete one till I read the weight I'd like 300lb plus.

If its stolen so be it.

Guess I could use those roll out veh shades all I'd have to do is put in 2 posts to support it
 

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I'm extremely tempted to use one similar but wondering how it will last full time outside. Maybee I should buy one with a good return policy or a year warrenty.

I currently use one similar that I obtained from work but half the time I forget it or think nah its not to bad 3hrs later I'm dehydrated and bright red.

Just want to make it simple so I can rock up spend an hr there then leave.
 

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I've bought some treated pine sleepers to make a bench out of 2 x 8ft sleepers.

Should give a front area of 32" that will taper to 16" at the rear length will be 4ft.

With some treated 2x4 for braces.

Feet wise I've went with saw horses which will be screwed to the top table shall be a little lower than a standard table. Seat wise I'm hoping to use a plastic milk create with some sleeper off cuts to boost it up followed by a outdoor cushion for comfort.

Which means it will be 100% outdoor friendly and moveable by myself (just)

I have some marine carpet I plan to cut to size to use for the top, which I can roll up and keep behind my ute/truck seat. Which will mean I can also use it for prone shooting.

If its still to rough I can quite easyly cut some thin ply or similar for the top.
 

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Here is the table so far. Please note back leg will be rotated 90 degrees. I decided bugger my 1 or 2 mates that are leftys. This gives me a 32" front and 24" rear.

A 165mm/7" circular saw juuuuust deep enough but will fix the end cuts at the end.

Table is a touch low may table top is 27" high my milk crete seat is 13" high.

I may need to use the 2x4" to bump the hight up a touch.

I'll grab my file rest and a rifle with a bipod to see how it feels height wise. However I'm I australia and don't want to let my neighbours know I have several firearms. Over the back are pretty darn dodgey 24/7 fighting in this lockdown.

So far pretty impressed how simple and half decent it looks maybe my cheap saw horses will only last a few years but meh top should last ages.

Think on far side I will add a small rifle rack will also keep a old 4 or 6" conduit or ammo can under the table for a few targets/stapler and black dots.
 

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Well I slid the other saw horse back and it doesn't interfear with my shooting position.

Saw horse is approx 40" wide so I will slide them to the right a touch and cut off access or possibly add an other length or do some sort of rifle rack.

But with supports it's stable as I have 4 cross braces plus 2 saw horses.
 

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At a club I was a member at I did this( see pics ).
I found some pieces of industrial racking and ended together a simple frame. Also scavenged a restroom partition that didn’t get used on a job and bolted it to a treated wood top. Super sturdy and weather proof. Even was able to give it a few convenient features.
I have access to a small property now and I’m going to use a heavy duty Shipping pallet/ skid and attach legs to it. The top deck boards are 2x6 and it’s roughly 5x6’. A few good coats of deck sealer should do the trick for most of the year.
As far as cover goes, I would t leave a pop up outside all year. They’re not meant for that in my opinion. Try Costco or Sams for a more permanent “car port” or “garage” type or cover. If the soft cover gets ruined usually they sell replacements.
Another idea is to get a wall tent angle bracket set that you can customize with DIY conduit pieces. Those conduit diameters can be large enough to screw in to (steel panels) or you can use canvas tarps.
Good luck and send pics!
 

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I wouldn't expect a gazebo to last a year in the weather but warrenty should cover it.

I'm trying to find a vehecile awning which I may attach to my veh or install 2 posts.

Plan c, d or what ever I'm up to is find a large umbrella that normally is used on a pool or similar.

I'm in Australia so range is limited I'm looking for pool shade type devices shade sails ect etc as they are designed to be outside 24/7.

BTW nice looking table, I did look at doing similar but new racking was crazy expensive.
 

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Here is 2 examples of our largest hardware chain, I have a mate that works here and he said its pretty common for people to return these as they blow over or some other bs excuse. But Ill just use some big reo pegs to keep it in place.

Still not as good as some proper shade but or something metal but should do the job



 

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The fact that you own the property suggests doing the job right so you can enjoy it long term. It's nice to have it work reliably you when you arrive - year after year.

I built a masonry block and concrete table at my range 20 years ago that will still be there long after I'm dead. It's complete with a single slope livestock shade made from steel pipe and corrugated tin roofing.

I formed up and poured the table top at home so I could take my time and let it cure before transporting it. I built a horseshoe shaped base out of masonry block at the range. I installed a few wedge anchors to secure the top to the masonry block base and dropped it in place while the cement was wet on the base. I used a front end loader to get it in place, but levers, blocks and jacks will get any object into position with enough time. A trash can, chairs, astroturf and buckets full of brass all store in the concrete base.

Two years ago, I helped a buddy build a shooting table in just a few hours - for only the cost of fuel to drag some scrap concrete into position. It consists of a 48" diameter concrete stand pipe section that we used as a pedestal base, plus a slab of scrap concrete pad simply lain on top of it. No cement or joinery was used. The slab is so big and heavy, you'd never know the difference. We shaped the rough edges with a sledgehammer. If you check with a contractor that does demolition, you might be amazed what you can get for free.
Next time I go out, I need to bring a saw with a concrete blade to make it a bit classier. I'd like to slope the edges to make it more comfortable, but it works great and is superior to wood benches for stability and longevity . For shade, we've been bringing an easy up. I'm not a fan because they are fragile, but the mobility is nice as the sun changes position. We threaded small wedge anchors into blocks to keep it from blowing away. Wing nuts make it quick and easy to remove for storage. Hoping my buddy gets some scrap tin so we can do it right. He's planted a few trees, but it'll be years before the benefit is realized.

The important part is, nobody can really damage or steal either of the concrete setups. Years ago, I've chased off trespassers after I found bullet holes in the tin roof from AD's. I can manage things more smartly now that game cameras with SIM cards exist.

P.S. If you're still thinking of using a container for a shade and storage - think about the concussion and lack of circulation. It'll be loud, hot and full of lead vapor. Open space is so much nicer.

Wish you luck
 

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I prefer to keep my crap portable. I bought an old beater blazer that I keep everything in. This makes it possible to go shoot anywhere I want and have shade, benches, carpet and screens to catch brass no matter where I go. If I get an invite from a buddy I just grab a few guns and toss them in the blazer and go. This was shot in my back yard. I have 3 ranges on my property so portable is what works for me

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I have the single of this version with that I topped with the same composite decking material. It has been powder coated and hasn't shown any signs of adverse wear from being left outside. The guy that makes the frame is in San Angelo, but would be very easy to copy or modify as you needed.
 

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I made some cheap bed sides for my truck out of interior grade plywood. I painted the wood with a marine paint called Topside. Seems to be holding up well.

My last bench rotted away in a few years without any coatings.
 

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I used concrete and sonotubes for a 'permanent' outdoor shooting table. The separate shooting stool is a 15"x13"x11" block of chainsaw-ed wood (it's adjustable height by flipping/rotating the block). The setup hasn't wandered off yet, but it's not light weight either.
 

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I own a property 20min drive from my place and I'm looking at setting up a small range.

Im looking for ideas for a simple shooting table that can be left there 24/7

Im even half tempted to mount something in a small shipping container or garden shed so I have shade when I shoot or at least amle a simple roof for it.
Can't go wrong with a properly mixed, finished to size concrete. The more stable the better .and concrete will defiantly last you. Unless you thinkyou might move it someday. Then it's not so good. I see them all the time at uncontrolled shooting ranges. So there has to be some merit to it...right?
 

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Shed or gazebo...
I have a shed 12x16 the only reason is so if I want I can shoot from inside it or leave shit in it and go back to it after a bit. The only things in it are a cooler, fan, trash can, and targets to post or hang.

If its nice out i don't use it....