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Old 07-31-2018, 07:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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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.

https://www.onlinemetals.com/merchan...30&top_cat=197

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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