One of my dreams is to acquire demilled receivers, deactivated weapons, and guns that have been turned into "art" like pic related, melt them down, and make new guns out of them. I realize that you need specialized equipment to recycle steel. What would be the best way, if any, to start a small time operation turning scrap into workable sheets and bars?
People have made steel furnaces at home. Doesn't look terribly hard.
If people can melt steel at home then I am confident that I can learn metallurgy, forging and gunsmithing.
Ignoring the metallurgical knowledge required to manufacture a safe product, your best bet would be to create AK's as their receiver is literally just sheet-metal that's been drilled and bulged in specific locations, then folded.
Oh, and here's a template for you or some shit.
Metalworker by trade here
It takes like, $30 and a couple household items to make a forge that can melt steel.
The hard part would be forming the steel AFTER you melt it, because you sure as shit don't want to mold it. I hope you have some blacksmithing experience OP.