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01-14-2007, 09:50 PM
Just wanted to show a few pics of my second AK build. It definitely went alot smoother and quicker than the first.
01-14-2007, 09:54 PM
And here's a few pics of my third build. I wanted to try a complete screw build. Last time I do that! As you can see, I still have to do the finish work.
01-14-2007, 10:28 PM
those are some nice guns to be proud of. I like the wood on the first one! I never did a screw build but got all the stuff to do one. It is just as easy for me to squeeze those ole rivets and be done with it.
01-14-2007, 10:31 PM
nice job the more you do the easier they get
01-14-2007, 10:46 PM
Thanks for the positive votes!
Cimarron, The wood on the first one was stained with liquid Rit clothing dye (Scarlet Red) and the pics do not do it justice. The red is dark and deep. It's the best finish I've ever put on anything in my life. As for the screw build...NEVER AGAIN. Trying to tap into those trunions was a real pain in the ass. I'm glad I didn't follow other's advice and do a screw build first because I would have never built a second one!
fatboy, really glad to hear you liked 'em. Thanks again for the cd. The screw build is going to be the one I put the camo on. I'll send more pics when it's completed.
01-14-2007, 10:56 PM
By the way, as you can see in the first pic the forened pistol grip was cut off, shaped, sanded, and then stained. I then took the piece that I cut off and used it as the wooden trigger grip on the screw build gun. I drilled a hole straight thru and opened up the top so that I could use the original hardware to mount it. I still have a little bit of shaping to do but the grip is really comfortable. I try to do my part and recycle!
01-14-2007, 11:53 PM
First these look good. Second is it me or is the top handguard not installed? ;)
01-15-2007, 07:51 AM
They do get easier after the 1st....
01-15-2007, 11:02 AM
And here's a few pics of my third build. I wanted to try a complete screw build. Last time I do that! As you can see, I still have to do the finish work.Nice build, but did you leave the top hand guard off so that you could warm your hands on a cold day? lol. If I might make a suggestion, I cut finger groves in my foward grip. It makes it look cooler and it makes it easier to control the weapon( for me anyway ). As soon as I figure out how to post pics I'll show whay I mean. Cosmeticly speaking its the one thing you can do that makes your weapon standout from all the rest.
01-15-2007, 04:31 PM
Thanks again to all of you for the positive feedback.
For the gun in the top pic I'm going to use a metal ventilated handguard and give it a black finish. Just waiting for it to arrive. As for the second one, I had stripped all of the wood off and only put the lower HG and the stock on for the pics. Only want to remove it once to reduce the chance of breakage. I swear I have nothing against upper handguards, and besides that I do want to keep my fingertips! Dragonwolf, please do post your pics so I can see what you did.
01-19-2007, 10:25 AM
GMAN Damn they came out nice. I did the same on the cutting and sanding on the front grip. Liquid RIT would have never thought of that. I am ashamed to put any pictures of my builds after looking at your and other builds on this sight.
01-19-2007, 11:16 AM
GMAN forgot to ask? How did you apply that RIT. Commercial artist here wants to know, me too. Also you have that wood looking so good why not put the wood upper on instead of the metal?
01-20-2007, 02:51 AM
4thIDvet, Thanks alot for the compliments. Feels good to have approval from others. As for your builds, come on, they can't be that bad. If you don't want to post them on a regular thread then PM them to me if you don't mind. Seeing pics of other builds on this site is one of the best parts of it. It gives you some good ideas and also shows you what can be done and what to strive for. Some of the builds completed here are incredible! How many builds have you done? They definitely get better as you build more. Here is a pic of my first build, don't know what possesed me to go with the hammered copper finish. As for the handguards, I'm going to take your advice and stain a wood upper instead of going with the vented metal, thanks. As for applying the Rit; I poured a little of the liquid type Rit on a piece of ripped up clean cotton t-shirt, applied it heavily on the wood, gave it a minute or two to soak in, then wiped it completely down with a clean piece to keep it even, let it dry, and did it again. I did this a total of 3 times for each piece of wood. After that I put the clear coat on. I'm now working on a purple set for my girl. I'll post the pics when I'm done. If you have anymore questions please feel free to ask.
01-20-2007, 12:58 PM
Now your doin it to me again. HMMMMM how did you do that copper stuff. And what was the clear coat you used? As for my builds my problem is not with the mechanical end it's the finishing. Hence all the questions. Thanks going to try that Rit for sure. I got to ask? I see your are from N.J. keep reading about the horror stories about the anti gunners up there. Do you have to go through a ton of paper work to get these parts for your builds?
01-21-2007, 01:40 PM
Wow, those are nice! Forgive me if I missed this, but are the rails screwed on as well? Im getting ready to do my first build next week and have everything but the welder.
01-23-2007, 02:28 AM
Now your doin it to me again. HMMMMM how did you do that copper stuff. And what was the clear coat you used? As for my builds my problem is not with the mechanical end it's the finishing. Hence all the questions. Thanks going to try that Rit for sure. I got to ask? I see your are from N.J. keep reading about the horror stories about the anti gunners up there. Do you have to go through a ton of paper work to get these parts for your builds?The copper finish is actually Rust-Oleum "Hammered Copper" spray paint that can be found at Lowes/Home Depot. You just have to use a oil type cleaner so as not to kill it. I was experimenting so I'm not too sure I'm going to keep it. It is horrible in this state. I have had no problem getting kits or parts but I make sure I get only the parts allowed, no folding stocks, no flash hiders, no mags over 15 rds., etc. I also grind the bayonet lugs off as soon as I get the kits. I also make sure that it is compliant. Taking no chances at all, but I know it's only a matter of time 'til they come after these. My ffl no longer sells anything AK related (that includes anything that uses the AK type of bolt system ie. Saiga) because of the problems and restrictions now involved. I'm moving out of state by July and it can't come fast enough!! My ffl said it best: The laws in N.J. are kept vague for a reason!
01-23-2007, 02:34 AM
Wow, those are nice! Forgive me if I missed this, but are the rails screwed on as well? Im getting ready to do my first build next week and have everything but the welder.Thanks for the compliment! Yeah, the rails are screwed on also. To be honest I'm not so sure if these will hold up for long, not really counting on it. I just wanted to do a 100% no-weld build. If you can get access to a welder then you should probably go that way. I'm taking it to the range next week and will let you know how it holds up.
01-23-2007, 07:41 PM
Thanks for the compliment! Yeah, the rails are screwed on also. To be honest I'm not so sure if these will hold up for long, not really counting on it. I just wanted to do a 100% no-weld build. If you can get access to a welder then you should probably go that way. I'm taking it to the range next week and will let you know how it holds up.
Did you have any issues with the screw locations not interfering with the safety selector?
01-23-2007, 11:13 PM
Did you have any issues with the screw locations not interfering with the safety selector?No, the selector rides easily over the allen head. The only problem I had was with internal bolt clearance. I trimmed the length on all of the rail screws and now no problems. I just finished staining the furniture. Decided to do it purple (again using Rit dye) for my fiance. I also polished some of the metal (bolt carrier, top cover, slant brake, receiver, and butt plate. It's now alot different than the pics above. I post it in a few minutes.
01-24-2007, 12:34 AM
O.K., here's the screw build pretty much finished. Unfortunately due to my poor camera skills I could not get a very good picture taken. The wood is actually stained light purple and really did come out well. Also, as I mentioned above I polished several parts which I was actually surprised at how well those came out (in addition to the parts mentioned above, I also polished the cleaning rod). The shine is very nice so if there are any dark spots it is probably due to a coat of oil on the metal. I will definitely try to get better quality pics soon.
01-24-2007, 12:38 AM
More pics. Very sorry for the blurry ones, couldn't really tell with the smaller images.
01-24-2007, 12:43 AM
As you can see I still have a little work to do like finishing the barrel/gas tube/fsb, light sanding the wood and putting on another coat of clear, and putting on a plum grip that I ordered from K-Var (I put the SAW grip in place just for the pic.).
01-24-2007, 07:50 PM
GMAN All I can Say is "Sweet"
I have used the Wheeler Engineering "Cold Blueing" Works well, But you give me some good new Ideas. Also the Silver gives me a idea to put the receiver on a Milling machine and machine swirl pattern it.
01-24-2007, 09:45 PM
GMAN All I can Say is "Sweet"
I have used the Wheeler Engineering "Cold Blueing" Works well, But you give me some good new Ideas. Also the Silver gives me a idea to put the receiver on a Milling machine and machine swirl pattern it.I actually tried to do the swirl pattern on this receiver. Unfortunately I have limited tools so I tried it with a conical wire brush in a drill press. Regardless of how much I tried I couldn't get it to land on the metal evenly and therefore it looked bad. Please post some pics of this when you do it. One of my first cars was a 1979 Trans Am with the swirled aluminum dash plate and I've loved the pattern ever since.
01-29-2007, 11:58 PM
are you planning to put something over the bare metal toprotect it? would be a shame for such a beauty to rust up.