In a lot of metal shop-related work, you have to end up manufacturing your own tools to fulfill your specific set of needs. What you need ends up informing precisely what you make first and foremost, and this can present one of the first challenges to your shop, as well as one of the constant ones that you keep on facing. After all, even your best-made tools are eventually going to break down.
Your tools need to be specially made for a very exacting set of circumstances. Otherwise, you’d simply go out and buy something off the shelf. When you’re working in a shop that cares about making things to a custom set of specs, you need materials you can count on, which can be milled and measured exactingly. You also need very explicit specs on the material quality.
The Widths and the Key
In many ways, the width that you start off in your metal bars will be the key to ensuring that they function properly. So many things in life, and the shop, in particular, require that you be very specific about your starting width before you can mill them down. It’s usually a lot easier to remove materials than it is to add them to whatever you need to make. FastMetals allows you to buy metal flat bars in a variety of stock and sizes, so you can be sure you’re getting the right width.
In some cases, you also need to be certain of roundness. While you may be able to mill something to complete roundness, starting that way usually both saves a lot of time and a lot of materials that would otherwise just need to be swept off of the shop floor. The savings of materials and thus, funds, can help you to be able to make better-quality tools, and the savings of payroll for paying your employees just enough to remove the smaller amounts of material can also expand the budget for other things you need.
Ideal Size Ranges
Material density, shape, and width are only some of the variables that you’d be wise to think about before you even get started on making your own tools. When you step into the shop with just the right length of materials, you’re going to find that the entire process becomes that much more simple to handle. This is going to make your work that much simpler from the beginning, in addition to being that much friendlier on the budget.
Making your own tools starts with getting the best materials that you can. You can buy a stainless steel round bar here of as little as a foot or two, or as long as twelve feet in length. There are also a wide variety of different material widths to choose from, and each bar is precision-processed to be extremely round and completely uniform. No matter how many tools you end up needing to make over time, there will always be just the right kinds of bars to suit all of your purposes.