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    Question building my own rivet jig

    Hello all,
    I'm kinda new to this whole AK building and I want to build my own rivet jig.I will be using the plinker style jig as my guide.
    I'm wondering how to get the long rivets to form. I have been told just a 1/4 ball end mill but do I need to step up to 1/4 or will it form with just the 1/4 ball, and depth of the ball in my shoulder bolts to starting the forming?Is there a certain depth I should start at so I don't just fold the rivet over? any help would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks Shawn
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    Measure a rivet head from the top of the dome to the base, or start the hole with the ball mill and keep checking the fit of a rivet head in it.

    Most people say to have 1 1/2 times the shank diameter sticking out, I've only used AK Builder rivets and they worked fine without trimming.

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    I use both sides of the bolt the one side has a hole just slightly wider than the rivet to start it, then the other side rounds it over, just make sure the hole is not so deep that it bottoms out on the reciever
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    thanks for the reply's , I made a few out of 5/16 shoulder bolts today couldn't find a 1/4 in our ball end mill drawer had a 5/16 I think it was, fit the ak builder rivet head ok. hoping I can finish it up by the end of the week. just need to heat treat and start squishing

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    just about finished
    I found a 1/4 end mill that had the tips ground, matches up to the center support rivet going to see what I can get out of it (far right shoulder bolt).
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    love to see your pics... to compare to mine . I asked much the same ? and these guys came through . i think mine came out ok but love to be able to see yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 54sks762 View Post
    love to see your pics... to compare to mine . I asked much the same ? and these guys came through . i think mine came out ok but love to be able to see yours.
    Yeah, I don't see any pics either, but it says there are "attached thumbnails".
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    Boy it's been awhile, but as I recall we used two different sized ball end mills for making the divot that the rivet head sits in. IIRC We were using 1/4" for the metric swell neck rivets and either 7/32" or 9/32" for the US made (5/32"?) rivets. Otherwise you got a big smilie in the rivet head. Can somebody with a better memory remember the details?
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