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    i havent heard any updates on plinker for a couple of months
    some tried emailing and pming him-hopefully all is well with him
    but you can check out Riveting Tools - AK-Builder.com
    some of the best stuff in the bizz!probably THE best!
    or you can put an ad out in the classifieds when you get your post count up

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    Also if you think you can make these tools yourself, there's plans for them in the library section.

    And no there's no problem with a screw build if it's done right.
    "Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem" Ronald Reagan

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinball View Post
    So if I read everything correct:

    bent blank = hardest
    flat = best (as long as you got the tooling or friend with tooling)
    laser cut flat = sucks (pain in the ass to weld for the average Joe)
    100% most expensive but easy

    Laser cut flats don't suck... I think the people who dog these can't weld at all!

    See how they welded up for me... they are 1.6mm thick, and I SUCK at welding...

    Mark
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    nice work mark!!
    what did you weld with?and what did you use to keep them square while welding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zteknik View Post
    nice work mark!!
    what did you weld with?and what did you use to keep them square while welding?
    I used a Lincoln 175 PRO square wave TIG.

    I didn't use anything to keep 'em square, welded them free hand! I did have to persuade them a little bit after welding, but was able to do that by hand really. Key to success is to keep the heat from getting too crazy and taking your time. Keep moving from side to side and front to back, don't weld one area too much.

    Mark

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    very nice indeed!
    my welding looks like a pigieons pit stop!
    are there anymore sources to those flats?
    i havent seen any in a long time
    we have a nice tig at work im itching to use

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    Thanks zteknik for the info on rivet tools! It is a big help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zteknik View Post

    very nice indeed!
    my welding looks like a pigieons pit stop!
    are there anymore sources to those flats?
    i havent seen any in a long time
    we have a nice tig at work im itching to use
    https://www.vbd.com//noc/shop/produc...&ProductID=228

    They are out there, but I would wait for them to show up used. I just snagged 5 the other day for $20 each. I wouldn't pay more than that when you can get a completed receiver for $44.

    I have gotten them as cheap as $10-15 each. People get them then end up dumping them... it's all good. I have 8 of these receivers. They are a perfect match for those $87.50 yugo kits.

    Mark

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    cool!
    i saw a few on gbroker but was leary on getting them
    how hard is it to weld in the top rails?and how is the alignment of the notches?probably could trim with a dremmel-and how does all the holes line up?
    just a sugestion could you post a ste by step on doing one?
    hate to tie up a sticky

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    Quote Originally Posted by zteknik View Post
    cool!
    i saw a few on gbroker but was leary on getting them
    how hard is it to weld in the top rails?and how is the alignment of the notches?probably could trim with a dremmel-and how does all the holes line up?
    just a sugestion could you post a ste by step on doing one?
    hate to tie up a sticky
    I don't have a whole bunch of pictures and don't have a step by step... You just kind of do it slowly so as not to warp things. If I get some time I will do one as a step by step, but I am pretty booked with my Ph.D. program.

    Mark

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