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Forum topic by IsaacH posted 665 days ago 816 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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IsaacH

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665 days ago

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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dlmckirdy

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#1 posted 665 days ago

Try:
http://www.metalsupermarketsatl.com/buy_metal.html?gclid=COiyyrDH0bICFSiCQgodyDsAug
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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PurpLev

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#2 posted 665 days ago

speedymetals.com is good. have good rates, and very fast processing/shipping. thats where I usually get my materials from.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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David Kirtley

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#3 posted 665 days ago

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: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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adaughhetee

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#4 posted 665 days ago

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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