View Full Version : oak receiver wrench.....pic's

March 25, 2002, 18:42
http://images.snapfish.com/333%3A2%3C9523232%7Ffp5%3Enu%3D3235%3E6%3C8%3E378% 3Ewsnrcg%3D323238%3B9%3C%3A683nu0mrj

made one out of rock maple....used on 4 rec's, lost it, so decided to try oak,

less than 30 min's to make out of $2.18 (from Home Depot)verticle grain oak. Works great....will add a few more pic within the hour, orca

March 25, 2002, 18:49
http://images.snapfish.com/333%3A2%3C9523232%7Ffp5%3Enu%3D3235%3E6%3C8%3E378% 3Ewsnrcg%3D323238%3B9%3C%3A684nu0mrj

another angle......note it doesn't have to be perfect, orca

March 25, 2002, 19:22
sorry about my methods, but I'm primitive

http://images.snapfish.com/333%3A332%3B23232%7Ffp5%3Enu%3D3235%3E6%3C8%3E378% 3Ewsnrcg%3D323238%3B9%3C%3A685nu0mrj

this is the tool that gets you close....the little wires will kind of slide off at the edge, but it's OK, because bottom line.....filr/trial...file/trial with a rat tail and bastard fike until close....

does not have to be perfect :D , orca

[ March 25, 2002: Message edited by: orca ]

March 25, 2002, 19:31
Now if you could tell me how to build a vise out of oak I'd be set! :D

Ecellent post orca!

Tango 1Zero
March 26, 2002, 13:03
Cool! I love how we overcome small problems like a vise or a wrench :)

I been using a hodge podged setup.

I bought a brownells rec. wrench used off a guy here on the board a year or more ago.

I dremeled it to recess the receiver farther into the blocks and made it into a vise mounted receiver clamp instead of a wrench. It is a piece of crap but I have built 5 FALs on it and a friend used it on one himself. for like $25

Unless you buy the brownells wrench for it which I dont have and have an excellent barrel vise I wouldnt recomend the brownells receiver wrench for FALs.

March 26, 2002, 13:14
Originally posted by FAL_FREAK:
<STRONG>Now if you could tell me how to build a vise out of oak I'd be set! :D

Ecellent post orca!</STRONG>

Use thick pieces that aren't so wide (width measured between jaws of vise).
Drill long holes through boards and add angle iron top and bottom (or left/right depending on how you orient to the hole). Use really long bolts and bolt the hole thing to a bench, etc.

March 26, 2002, 14:37
How thick should the boards be, and which wood do you think is better? I've got a 5" bench vice allready, though its bolted to a big chunk of pine, no bench,hehe. :rolleyes:

[ March 26, 2002: Message edited by: milljocky ]

March 26, 2002, 18:04
I use 3/4" hardwood.....any thicker would become difficult to scribe because you only have 3/4" between the barrel flats and where the receiver begins to flare....even at 3/4" you'll need to round the edges slightly because of the magazine flare. Niether oak or maple marred the receiver. Cut out close with jig saw, then file to satisfaction...Good luck, orca

March 27, 2002, 08:43
orca, the pics aren't there now, so I can't look to see, what are you using to turn it to torque the thing?

March 27, 2002, 11:16
Hi Rob.........pic's are still there, but not clear enough to see the barrel flats (which protrude beyond the oak). I use a 27 mm open end. I torque until the receicer splits, then back off 1/4 turn.... :eek: , orca

March 27, 2002, 16:11
yep, I get the pics now, but didn't this morning, screwy computer!
Gotcha, sounds like you are basically using it as solid vice block, and actually doing the torquing on the barrel with the wrench. That's what I needed to know, I've done two before by just padding the jaws of the vise and using the wrench to turn the barrel, but would definitely like the added safety of using the wood in the vise to eliminate the chance of bunging it up big time. Thanks.

March 27, 2002, 20:08
What's the name of the tool you used to scribe the image from called?

March 27, 2002, 23:01
Hmmm. We made ours out of aluminum and used the same exact method otherwise (including the filing to fit part). I never though wood would work. Good to know.

April 01, 2002, 15:07
Originally posted by gun_collector:
<STRONG>What's the name of the tool you used to scribe the image from called?</STRONG>

I think those are called a molding gauge? You take the shape of a piece of molding so you can use the opposite shape on the other side to cut the other strip to fit in a corner joint. I see those every time I go into Ace hardware with the wood working tools, shouldn't be too hard to find.

April 02, 2002, 10:35
Orca, I like it! I was going to buy some aluminum today to make a receiver wrench, I did't think oak would work. This baby is going to be built and used tonight.

John Culver
April 07, 2002, 16:27
I use a custom vise that my father and I built. Used lots of steel for the frame...one 1 1/8 bolt on each side. that hold the top to the bottom. barell blocks are made of 1.5" tall purple heart (2"deep, 5.5" long) I took the two wood bocks and seperated them by 1/4" and drilled a 9/16" hole through them. It doesnt go on the flats just the barell its self. I use rosin as a grabbing agent...works great.

[ April 07, 2002: Message edited by: John Culver ]

April 07, 2002, 22:45
Plain old pine 2x4 with holes in it...

inside a 5 inch vise with the receiver pointing straight up.

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July 18, 2007, 10:34
That looks just like the one I made out of a 2X4, but I was not brave enough to try it out on my Imbel receivers and broke down to buy a "real" receiver wrench. How well does it work? How many builds on it? How much torque you can apply on?

July 18, 2007, 11:14
very old thread bumped for a new guy