With the the exception of Plinkers Rivet Jig, most of the other jigs can be fabricated relatively easily. The raw materials can be found at the local scrap yards for cheap and the rest is your time. Of course, you have to ask yourself how much is your time worth. Even though I could, I wouldnt even attempt to make Plinkers rivet jig because his finished product, which I own, is of excellent quality and invloves a great deal of work to produce. Its well worth the money. snip
I have all the materials and big machinery to cut and weld metal with. Yes, I can do most of it easily. I have built other jigs and put together things like 1919s and Stens with no problem. I also have done an AK with the muffler gun but am dissatisfied with the results so I am going to build another press jig for the AK.
Unfortunately, when I DL'd the jig, I din't copy the url so I have no leads on who/where. Yes, I agree about the time/vs/$$$$ comparison but I plan to build several AKs so the jig to me is worth the time I put into it. I also will more than likely add some modifications to it.
For example, Plinkers AK jig uses a round ram. I don't know how he keeps the punch aligned with the anvil so I plan to implement a keyway in mine. I have some other minor ideas that I will play with 'on the fly'. When I do, I will post them here for others to think/talk about.
And I can and do appreciate the small amount of profit(?) that the makers of the tooling end up with. In fact, I wonder how they make ANY profit on some of this stuff.
Some of the tooling we use comes at the 'very high price' when it comes to "I need it NOW" so it puts the whole project at a standstill. There are those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to make our own tooling and we don't worry about lead-times. We only have to worry about the factor of "when am I going to have the time to build my...." But at least we can fab some tonite and some next week and some,,,,
Also, I do like the idea of building everything myself. I take great pride in that kind of stuff. However, when it comes to our types of toys, I will build the first one all by myself and play with it. But subsequent ones will be from a 100% receiver so I can pass it on to that someone who thinks he 'needs' it more than he needs the money in his pocket. So the casual sale is covered that way. I don't have to serialize it and put MY name and MY address on it. Yes, I am/was the 'owner of record' on a number of toys but I can always say that I got tired of/needed some money/YadaYada and sold that toy.
However, there are some toys that I will not/never part with so I don't mind buiding a completely 'off-paper' toy. I have a zero-percent AR forging for that purpose.