I need a single piece of sheet steel, approximately 17" x 7" x 1/8" for
a project. I haven't checked yet, but I'm guessing Home Depot doesn't
carry such items (I know the carry thinner sheet metal, angle iron,
metal rods, etc, but I've never seen snything like this there). Any
ideas where I can such a thing?
In my (somewhat) limited experience with largish steel suppliers,
they're quite happy to deal with smaller scale customers, because
well-treated small scale customers often become bigger ones[+]. One
local place (specializes in structural steel for the construction trade,
also carries rod/bar, channel, sheet, plate, aluminum and brass)
is quite happy to see me show up asking for something as small as a foot
of 1" rod (a couple bucks).
I think the guys like the break from the heavy stuff, and a chance
to talk to something other than the back end of a truck that's
there just long enough to pick up an order. More than once, there's
been "What're you making? Oh. Did you think of doing it this way
There may also be a chain called "Metal Supermarkets" near you, which
specializes in small orders. Their prices are high[er], and they'll
nickle-and-dime you on cutting fees. But if you want titanium,
they're the ones to see ;-)
The large supplier I go to has never charged me cutting fees.
[+] It works, because I've since placed larger orders with them.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It's not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
We have a large supplier here in Las Vegas. They have a "rem pile" of
steel, aluminum, and stainless. It is absolutely amazing the good pieces
you can get, and steel USED to be $ .30 per pound. Probably more than that
now, but your piece would probably be a couple of bucks. That is if the guy
charged you for it at all. Lots of times, they are going to toss those
anyway, and they will just give them to you on the hope you will come back
and shop when you need something.
If you need them to shear it, then it gets complicated.
you will have better luck looking under "sheet metal" I work for a shop &
people come to the door quite often with simple single requests like that.
if you call first , it will be ready when you get there. we would charge
about 20 bucks FWIW
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You don't mention where you live, but in my town, checking the
consumer yellow pages under "steel" gives 3 listings, one of which
states "no minimum, no cutting fee." The Business yellow pages gives
quite a few more listings.
Look under steel fabricators. They usually have "rems" (remnants) that they
will sell pretty cheap. You say "approximately", and if they have one that
will work, it will be cheap. If they have to cut it, it may be more. Most
job shops are very helpful.
Local welding supply or machine shop or any combination thereof. You'll
incur a cutting charge, which will probably be more than the steel
itself. You probably want cold-rolled mild steel, in case they ask.
Here's some of my work:
Washer at curb??
Some washing machines have pretty thick metal cabinets, since they
don't have much of an internal framework, they rely on the cabinet for
structural integrity... maybe not 1/8 inch, but close.. may be worth
taking a look at one at the curb and seeing if it is thick enough...
use a sawzall to cut out what you need... may be worth a try...
Another possibility, call the shop teacher (or whatever more fancy name
they have now) at the local high school... maybe he'll sell you what
Look for a local steel supplier or full service machine shop....
Just today I bought some 1/4in plate and had it sheared to size in order to
repair a farm implement.....appx 48 x 14in and 48x3in....
Total cost was $53.67
I have no idea how the prices work out compared to local
sources, buut if all else fails,
WWW.ONLINEMETALS.COM is a very CONVENIENT source
of small amounts of metals. I've bought stainless steel
from them for armor, and some sheet-brass that I may or may
not eventually get around to turning into trumpets.
Geodjn-They've got 10ga mild steel the exact size I need (7 x 17) for
$13.09 & no screwing around (DEFINITELY more convenient than making a
bunch of calls/driving all over town). SOLD!
Thanks for the tip!
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