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Forum topic by IsaacH posted 09-25-2012 08:15 PM 1294 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2012 08:15 PM

Does anybody have an inexpensive place to get round and square bar stock. I want to make a few turning tools. I have acess to the machines, just need the metal.

Looking for 3/8 and 1/2 inch of both. 18” long. I dont need HSS, but could use it. I plan on putting carbide cutters on the end.

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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#1 posted 09-25-2012 08:26 PM

I Googled “metaql supply decatur” and came up with several companies. This one looks like they will cater to the small guy with small orders. It also loks like they can machine stock to your requirements.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#2 posted 09-25-2012 08:36 PM is good. have good rates, and very fast processing/shipping. thats where I usually get my materials from.

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#3 posted 09-25-2012 08:56 PM

If you are going to use insert tooling, you probably just want mild steel. Online will be expensive. Might as well just pick it up at big box store. HD and Lowes both carry it. Also look for places that carry structural steel in your area.

You really don’t want HSS if you are not going to cut with it. It won’t add anything to the process other than painful metal working.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#4 posted 09-25-2012 11:23 PM

I found 1/2 square at Tractor Supply. A 48” piece was around $8-10 I couldn’t find it at lowes or HD. I would advise against round bar because it will spin on the tool rest when it grabs.

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