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  1. #1
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    Where to buy mild steel?

    I'm not looking for a specific location, it's just a general question. The only places I know to sell square tube and round bar as well as sheetmetal are the hardware stores (Home Depot, ACE, etc) - and the prices are ludicrous. $16 for a 12"x24" 24ga sheet!

    The point is I would love to 'play' more. You know, recreate things that I could have easily bought just for the fun of it. But at the hardware store prices, I can generally buy a finished product for less than half the cost of steel+consumables.

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    Re: Where to buy mild steel?

    Where are you located in FL I can give you specific locations for the entire state.
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    Re: Where to buy mild steel?

    Two sources are best for me as a hobbyist. The first is a large industrial metal supplier that is hobbyist friendly. I called them first and asked if they would sell a small order. They said, "Sure, just come on in," so I paid my money and got in line with the big trucks loaded with tons of steel and picked up my small order of a few sticks of steel tube.

    http://www.imsgasteel.com/

    They are the cheapest, at about 50 cents a pound right now for my small orders.

    The second is a welding and fab shop that I found in the yellow pages that will sell their "drops" or even order for me. They are a bit more expensive, but still about 10 times cheaper than the hardware store or Home Depot. The sign out front that said, "No job too small," was a giveaway. (about 75 cents a pound).

    http://www.cjwelding.net/

    Either google or look in the yellow pages for similar places in your location and call them to see what they tell you.
    Last edited by smyrna5; 03-24-2009 at 02:23 PM.

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    Re: Where to buy mild steel?

    The large metal suppliers that sell to general public are usually best. A lot of them are willing to give you a great price, especially on drop offs, if you're willing to pay cash.

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    Re: Where to buy mild steel?

    Quote Originally Posted by 500HpSilverado View Post
    Where are you located in FL I can give you specific locations for the entire state.
    I'm at the North end of Palm Beach County. Within a few miles of me are:

    Jupiter <-- closest
    Stuart
    Palm City
    Hobe Sound
    Tequesta
    Juno Beach
    Palm Beach Gardens
    North Palm Beach
    Lake Park
    Riviera Beach

    thanks

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    Re: Where to buy mild steel?

    also thanks for the tips guys. i'll have to go all low-tech and check the actual yellowpages as well

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    Re: Where to buy mild steel?

    I guess I'm really lucky here. The LWS is also the local steel supply. I suppose it helps that it's in the middle of the old OK oilpatch. Lots of fabricating and repair done locally.
    "Any day above ground is a good day"

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    Re: Where to buy mild steel?

    Decided that for my first from-scratch project I would create a rear facing camera mount for my motorcycle. I made up some ideas on the computer and went to the local hardware store to pick up some metal pieces.

    Here's the prices
    1" sq x 36" HR (16ga) - $13.99
    3/8" rnd x 36" HR - 7.99
    3/8" flat x 1-1/2" x 36" - $10.99

    Sure I'll have lots left over, but I dropped nearly $40 on the stuff!

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