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« on: March 02, 2012 06:19:15 AM »

Hi, I just found through Pinterest, metal stamping on washers.  I found reasonable stamps though now I wish I'd bought better, at Northern tools, so i went ahead down yet another bunny trail.  My DH has a big vise so i used that to stamp on. I'm not planning on making tons of stamped stuff but can see why bench blocks are useful.  The vise was OK but clunky.  ALL that to say my DH found a place and bought me a 6x6x1" thick piece of steel, for (and this is why I posted) 2.50!  He's bought metal plates there for car projects.  He said they charge by the pound so I was sure it would be crazy high.  I don't know what to look under in the yellow pages to help you locate someplace near you.  The bench blocks I found online were reasonable I guess but I figured the shipping would be high and like I said, I'm not planning on doing tons with it so I couldn't justify buying one.  The block weights 10#'s and I think it's going to work really well!  HTH's someone on a budget like me!
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2012 06:23:11 AM »

Quite a bargain! What a sweetheart to track one down for you. Where did he find it?

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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2012 07:53:32 AM »

He's very sweet about helping me with projects and such.  I just found out after 28yrs, that he used to make jewelry in the 70's!

I just asked and he said to look up metal recycling in the yellow pages.   The piece he bought was already cut when he got there.  They might have charged more if they'd had to cut it for him.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2012 05:21:00 AM »

If you are after something like that you've got plenty of options, as this is only going to be used for stamping you can get away with mild steel. The place I would suggest looking into first would be your local community college or university. Find out if they have a welding program, if they do, they usually have scrap that they will be happy to let you paw through, for free!
The other place I would suggest is any machine shop, they almost always have a couple random odd ends that are lying about from other projects. Not free, but usually cheap.

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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2013 09:21:26 PM »

I've had good luck find cheap or free metal on craigslist. It's amazing what people are giving away for free. Or you can post in the free section and sometimes people will contact you.

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