what kind of material do I need?


Need to figure out identification of materials which will enable me to cut some figures from stuff with tin snips. Need following:
1. Something in 4'x4' sizes, or board lengths.
2. Can snip it OK with tin snips.
3. Inexpensive
4. 3/8" thickness for one size
5. 1/16" or slightly thinnner for another size.
What I have to do is shape and put together some things which will hold stuff together over doors, etc (I have magnets which I need to match up fitting on doors that are uneven).
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Need to figure out identification of materials which will enable me to cut some figures from stuff with tin snips. Need following:
1. Something in 4'x4' sizes, or board lengths.
2. Can snip it OK with tin snips.
3. Inexpensive
4. 3/8" thickness for one size
5. 1/16" or slightly thinnner for another size.
What I have to do is shape and put together some things which will hold stuff together over doors, etc (I have magnets which I need to match up fitting on doors that are uneven).
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Find a place that sells metals and look at "paint lock". It comes in sheets of various sizes, and it is easy to cut with Wiss snips. It has a rust protectorant on it, which also doubles as a primer to which spray paint will hold with great tenacity. It will be cheaper by the sheet, and comes in 4' x 10' sheets. IIRC, it is 22 or 26 ga. and a 4' x 8' sheet is about $20. The metal place can shear it for you, too, but that is a little spendy. You can cut it with a circular saw and a metal cutting blade, it's just horrendously loud, sparky, dusty, and a very high eye hazard. But it is good shit.
I am going to make some fake ocotillo cactuses, as seen on the Interstate at the Cheyenne and Lake Mead Exits in Las Vegas. Simple 1" rebar for the canes, then plasma cut sheet metal for the flowers. Absolutely simple, and without taking a second look, looks like the real thing. Just have to locate me a plasma cutter who will do about 500 of the little things for a reasonable price.
Sometimes the suppliers have "drops" or "rems", meaning the leftovers, and some of them sell them very cheap. Avoid the shiny galvanized, as paint does not stick to it very well at all, and it will peel quickly.
You'll not cut the 3/8 with snips. You will have to have a torch, sub it out to someone with a torch, or find someone with a CNC plasma cutter, and that is both the best way to go, and the priciest. But you do get exact duplicates of the sample.
Or just buy yourself a plasma cutter and compressor and stuff for $2500. Or get a PlasmaCam setup for about $20,000.
HTH
Steve
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-snip-

Build your own for $260-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuSqlZe9HYU

Way out of my league-- but it looks like something you could do. [and use]
Seems like I saw a DIY one that ran off a graphics program a couple years ago-- but I might have dreamed that part.
Jim
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Need to figure out identification of materials which will enable me to cut some figures from stuff with tin snips. Need following:
1. Something in 4'x4' sizes, or board lengths.
2. Can snip it OK with tin snips.
3. Inexpensive
4. 3/8" thickness for one size
5. 1/16" or slightly thinnner for another size.
What I have to do is shape and put together some things which will hold stuff together over doors, etc (I have magnets which I need to match up fitting on doors that are uneven).
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What things? What stuff? Is the installation short-term or permanent? You'll get better answers if you provide more information.
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short term.
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Styrofoam..........that's as good an answer as your question.
Hank
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The things they have at places can be cut and shaped by into things by things that will hold stuff.
[I mean like wtf do you expect for a reply?]
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rb wrote:

I think a perfect solution would be to get the type of material they have for doing this kind of stuff with. You can easily cut it with tin snips and it is also inexpensive, plus it comes in a variety of thicknesses and sizes.
If you aren't sure if it will work, just call them up and they will gladly send you a sample.
Jon
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wrote:

And of course we need to know what colors you need and if it can be painted, stained, electroplated, anodized, weatherproofed, electricallly conducting, , etc. I hope the OP guy/gap is just trolling, otherwise he/she should be up for a Darwin award.
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We're not there, yet. Keep those answers coming....
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We're not there, yet. Keep those answers coming....
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Yea we are assclown...welcome to my kill file...You're # 2 to earn that honor...
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The answer is obvious... you need to go to a material store that has the material to be cut with tin snips!...A really good store will have the stuff in all sorts of thicknesses and really cheap too!... The magnets on the doors to help fit them up when uneven is a great idea... The doors have to be faced North though depending on the polarity of your magnets... The stuff you need to shape stuff together over doors will be at the material store also..but remember your gonna need a sturdy plastic ladder and probably 50 feet of 1/2" rope..... hope that was of some help... Jim
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