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Old 07-31-2018, 08:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1/2 by 1/2 bar stock

I am interested in making my own tools. Can anyone tell me where I can find the half by half bar stock. If its already ground for the cutters I'm OK with that. I already have the round and square cutters. Thanks
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If local scrap yards don't or won't sell you any try local machine shops to see if they will sell you some of their offcuts (called drops). Otherwise look at Online Metals. If nothing else it will give you an idea of the prices.


The above is cold rolled steel. Don't get hardened. Can't easily be drilled with home shop tools.
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Do a Google search for metal dealers near me. You might find one where you can shop and order online and pick up locally.

Online Metals can get pretty pricey especially after you throw in shipping.
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Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, Ace, True Value, any hardware store
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I use 1/2" round stock, you can get it at Lowes or Home Depot. Use your grinder to make the flat spot, then refine it with a file.
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Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, Ace, True Value, any hardware store
My experience also - typically available in both 12" and 36" lengths.

But the selection of cross sections and lengths may be limited in a given store, so it may be necessary to shop around.
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I like to buy the 3-foot lengths and then cut them in half for an 18 inch bar .... sink 8 in the handle, leave 10 exposed ... then work the tip and drill/tap it for your carbide tip.

Why so much metal???? Well .... it's all about the smoothness of the cut, actually. The larger and heavier your tool, the smoother it will make the cut, with less chattering and better control over the tool.

There is, of course, some limits to remember ... the heavier the tool is, the more stamina it will take to just hold it up where it needs to be. The heavier and longer the handle is, the more unwieldy it becomes, and making inside cuts on the end of your stock can get pretty difficult if your tool handle is right up against your tailstock.
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