I've been putting off builiding an AK for quite some time. I guess I'm a little intimidated with all the different parts and pieces and so many tools which do different things. I also can't decide which to start with the first, the AK parts or the tools. I guess all that depends on what I want to build. Perhaps you guys can direct me if I fill you in on what I want to build. I figure its in my best interest to start with a basic run of the mill AK. I definitely don't want to start out with one of those Druganov's from CF, given the price and it being such a nice weapon that I'd hate to make a mistake on. So I figure something in the ball park of a SAR-1 put together with rivets but with no special add ons. From here, the next question is, parts or tools first? I have access to a welder, although I've never used one. I think it is a Mig? It's a Craftsmen that feed wire from a spool under the welder's cover. It also has a plastic tube attached to it that you can hook up and run some type of gas through while welding. I also have access to a drill press and dremel tool as well as your basic home owner's tools such as hammer, screwdrivers, wrenches etc.