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sts9fan 13th October 2006 01:12 PM

where do you buy your metal??
So I was wondering where you guys buy your aluminum flats. I am also looking for copper bar.


poobah 13th October 2006 02:38 PM

McMaster Carr has a wide selection of EVERYTHING... expensive though.

Try your yellow pages under "steel", and "metal". The professional places will treat you like a pain in the butt (because you are).

1) Have a good idea what you want.

2) Be willing to accept a scrap piece larger than your needs.

3) Take a fresh dozen donuts with you in the morning (no joke, not Monday).

If you're not too ugly or rude, you'll probably get a piece for free. An invoice is more hassle than it's worth often times. Copper might be different story at the moment.

Also try local sheetmetal or machine shops.

kec 13th October 2006 06:33 PM

I have a local sheet metal/scrap dealer (who I sell my recycled AL cans to). I can get remnant pieces at the going aluminum scrap cost - usually $2 to $3 a pound. I can basically sell my cans and turn around and buy some AL sheets/plates all in the same place - pretty cool. They also have copper, I'll have to look into that.

Before that, I've purchased from before. Prices are OK. Probably better than McMaster-Carr.


Ed LaFontaine 13th October 2006 07:03 PM

Look for the local commercial sign makers. I have obtained flats, angles and squares for scrap $$$.

Let's hear it for dumpster divers!:smash: :smash: :smash:

gl 13th October 2006 08:11 PM

I buy the serious stuff at The selection and service are excellent.

The local hardware stores can be a resource too. They all seem to be a bit different. Sometimes you can buy some product that can be sliced up to give you metal parts cheaper than the raw metal stock!


SY 13th October 2006 08:26 PM

I tried the onlinemetals site and was asked for a username and password.

poobah 13th October 2006 08:31 PM

Strip the "." and the "/" off the end of the URL.

Cool site...

XEAGLEKEEPER 13th October 2006 08:42 PM

You can also try ebay

SY 13th October 2006 08:51 PM


Originally posted by poobah
Strip the "." and the "/" off the end of the URL.

Cool site...

I exercised Moderator's Privilege and fixed the URL link myself.

chipco3434 13th October 2006 08:56 PM

I go to a sheet metal fabricator... with 10 bucks in my pocket. Most everything a hobby guy needs is in the scrap bucket. Advantage of the fab guys is they can bend the material or cope a corner for making a box.

Case of beer also works.

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