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    How did you keep everything lined up?
    What did you use to push it all together?

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    Can you explain how it works? SKShunter and Hotbarrel made a really simple one that can be used in a vice that is really simple. Here's one I made a while back that is pretty close to their design. They are really easy to make and use.
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    Here is the material list from lowes.
    3' long 1" angle
    3' long 1 1/4" X 1/4" bar (I used 3/16, it bent a little)
    2 3" long 5/16 bolts
    4 1 1/4" long 5/16 bolts
    12 5/16 nuts
    Or just use whatever angles,bars,bolts and nuts you have laying around.

    Ok, this is how i did it.
    Cut 2 pieces of 13" long angles and 2 pieces of 10.5" long bars
    Clamp the angles together and drill 5/16 holes at each end. about .5" from the end. Put the 3" bolts in and you got a frame.
    Put the flat over the 10.5" bar and center it as much as you can. Trace the Mag well, trigger, grip openings on the bar. Mark the alignment holes on the bar also. Now, you have a general idea on where to drill the holes
    Measure to find the center of the bar for the alignment holes and center punch it. Put the flat over it to double check.
    Clamp the 2 bars together and drill. I used 1/8" for the alignment holes and 5/16 for the rest. Drill 2 in the mag well, 1 in trigger and 1 in grip.
    Use a dremel to clear out a space for the mag well indent and you are done with the bars.
    Sandwich the flat between the bars. Use some finish nails to make sure the alignment holes are lined up. Bolt it tight.
    I measured the trunnion to be a little over 1 1/4"(32mm) and adjusted the frame to 34mm (1mm flat) wide.
    Tighten the nuts, spray on some Wonder Dew 40 and it is hammer time. I would have used a vice but it wouldn't fit in to mine.
    I hope that helps.
    My next Jig project is a Doct Taped rivet jig. ok Just kidding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SangRun Hunter
    Dude! That is too simple! Next thing you know there will be a post saying:

    "I just bent a flat using a bobby pin and 3 tooth picks" or something similar soon

    Rock on!
    I think Winn is working on that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus
    JUST USING MY MIND HAVEN'T GOT IT YET
    --You'll be dangerous when find it!!

    After giving some advice once, I was told "before I'd use your mind, I'd use my own"!!!

    I kinda like that.

    Grasshopper-- I use those Lowes bars for everything-- that looks good!!
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    That one may be even cheaper than the jig I made from 3 lengths of 1- 1/4" bar stock, 5 bolts, and a piece from an oak toilet seat lid.

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    http://www.weaponeer.net/forum/forum...801&PN=1&TPN=1

    Here's non-Tapco flats as cheap as i've ever seen them. We may need them!!


    Quote Originally Posted by hcpookie
    I think Winn is working on that!
    Jerry-- My daughter got a box of about 10,000 popcycle sticks the other day.....
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    I notice that bar stock from Lowes tends to be somewhat rounded along the narrow sides. That didn't cause you any grief during the bending process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golovko
    I notice that bar stock from Lowes tends to be somewhat rounded along the narrow sides. That didn't cause you any grief during the bending process?
    It has not been a problem for me. The only problem i can see is with the rear trunion and if you are building a pistol or folder. I just put the rear end again the angle and hammer it a few time. a little filing will fix it too. I am working on an upgrade that will make the top rail bending easier.

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    My first build is an AMD-65, and rounded corners at the bottom of the receiver would have been a problem. I used 1-1/4" bar stock ($12) from a local "Metals Supermarkets" (they're on the web, too); no Lowe's stores anywhere near me. The sharp-cornered bar stock made nice crisp bottom corners. Used one of the bars with an oak wedge underneath to bend the top rails. Came out practically perfect.

    The info I got on this site made it possible to build a functional rifle my first try. Thanks to all you contributors for sharing the much appreciated info. Cadapult

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