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    Work bench

    someone asked about a small work bench for Apartment use when building guns.
    This is what I posted. Maybe some one else could use it.

    I went over to Harbor Freight and got a work bench from them. ( about 7 years ago)
    It is very sturdy
    I have put together a lot of Guns on it.
    It is made of wood and very well built. I had to put it together and it took about 25 minutes to do it.
    I paid $125 for mine on sale. (The regular price is around $160)
    I use it for my computer desk and work bench.
    I have a 6" vise on the corner. (Got it on sale for $52)
    It comes with drawers, but I never used them. I just use that area for parts storage.

    The size is 20"x60" and is 34" tall.
    I have it set up in the corner of my game room and it looks ok.
    (YEA! It does get junked up sometimes)
    The work bench is also heavy and with the parts stored under the top it doesn't move when I am installing a barrel.
    I tried a smaller work bench and it would move when installing a barrel.
    I like having space to sort parts when working on guns.

    ( It looks better than something I would build and a lot less work)
    When I work on guns/put them together I can use my computer to see how it is done.
    I use it as a computer desk when not working on guns.
    I have put together a lot of guns in the last 45+ years and know how to do it, but it help me remember things as I build. ( I am in my 70's) Make it very handy.

    Ron
    Go on line and You can get a 20% off coupon to use.
    I use these when building AR's
    While your there pick up an 18" and 25" 1/2" breaker bars and a torque wrench.
    I got mine on sale for $10 each using a coupon on each one.

    It really does not take a lot of tools to build AR's.
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    Same one i bought about 2 yrs ago. Great Bench for repair, cleaning, and reloading!
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    Those are nice. I almost bought one until I was given a steel desktop and upper cabinet from work. I built a very sturdy base frame for the desktop and hung the upper cabinet above it. Then put a back board between the two for hanging tools. Total cost, about $50. (excuse the mess, lot's of projects going on!)

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    These are some basic tools to put an regular AR together.
    I shopped around and read a lot on different site and finally decided that the most costly tool don't work any better than the cheapest tool.
    ( Not everyone will or agrees with this. That is OK with me.

    The first tool I would buy the a combination tool.
    It does a lot on the putting together an AR.

    They can run for $20 to $30, but if you shop around you can find them for under $15 each.
    The one on the right is painted with a hard enamel and is thick paint.
    The thick paint makes it hard to fit in places on some parts.
    I use it to install the flash hider and to tighten the barrel nut on the upper receiver.
    The one on the left I a park finish and has an extra part built in to install the castle nut.
    There are a lot of other uses for it.
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    These are some basic tools to put an regular AR together.
    I shopped around and read a lot on different site and finally decided that the most costly tool don't work any better than the cheapest tool.
    ( Not everyone will or agrees with this. That is OK with me.)

    Upper receiver clam shell block and receiver insert
    You can find these for $40+, but they are on sale all the time for $15-$20 for the set.
    I got mine on a black Friday sale for $12 a set.

    I get the one with the hinge, for me it is easier to use. (There is a two piece)
    The receiver insert help to keep from crushing the upper and lining up the barrel nut for the gas tube.
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    These are some basic tools to put an regular AR together.
    I shopped around and read a lot on different site and finally decided that the most costly tool don't work any better than the cheapest tool.
    ( Not everyone will or agrees with this. That is OK with me.)

    This tool makes it very easy to install the front pivot pin.
    It will save you chasing a spring and detent pin and a lot of time.
    I think I paid around $4 or $5 for the set.
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    These are some basic tools to put an regular AR together.
    I shopped around and read a lot on different site and finally decided that the most costly tool don't work any better than the cheapest tool.
    ( Not everyone will or agrees with this. That is OK with me.)

    This kit is made by wheeler.
    Retails for $50. I got mine on a Black Friday special for Under $15 each kit ( bought 2 kits before they sold out.)
    For me this is a must have kit.
    It has the hollow punches for starting roll pins.
    It has the punches to drive the roll pins in place.
    It also has the tool to install the trigger guard roll pin. No breaking the wings off installing the roll pin.
    There are some instructions that come with it. READ IT.
    You can piece together this kit, but for the time it would take to get the correct parts, buying the kit is best, IMHO.
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    These are some basic tools to put an regular AR together.
    I shopped around and read a lot on different site and finally decided that the most costly tool don't work any better than the cheapest tool.
    ( Not everyone will or agrees with this. That is OK with me.)


    T-Handle Hex Key set.
    I got this set on sale at harbor freight on sale for $6.
    They are great to install the pistol grip.
    I use the on lots of other stuff also.
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    These are some basic tools to put an regular AR together.
    I shopped around and read a lot on different site and finally decided that the most costly tool don't work any better than the cheapest tool.
    ( Not everyone will or agrees with this. That is OK with me.)

    When I work on the lower I put the block in my vise and the lower fits on it like a magazine.

    It is like having a third hand.

    I have a couple of them and paid $5 each for them on sale.
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    These are some basic tools to put an regular AR together.
    I shopped around and read a lot on different site and finally decided that the most costly tool don't work any better than the cheapest tool.
    ( Not everyone will or agrees with this. That is OK with me.)

    I know a Tack Hammer, but I found this one on sale a Lowes in a clearance bin for $2
    I used a small ball hammer for years. not any more, but I started using the tack hammer and it is easier to use.

    You will need to get a set of punches, needle nose pliers, side cutters, ect.

    A set of jewelers files is very handy. They are small and great for getting a small burr, etc. Yep! I got a set at HF for a few $.

    I just grab some tools at Harbor Freight when I am in there when they have them on sale.

    I also picked up a small anvil ($25) and a 6" vise ($52)

    There are some other tools, but that takes care of the basic tools to get started

    I seldom buy anything that is not on sale and usually save 1/2 the cost or more.
    Be careful with ordering on line because of the shipping cost, it adds up fast.

    Good luck.
    Ron

    FEEL FREE TO ADD OR COMMENT ON THE TOOLS YOU USE.
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