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Revision as of 17:10, 21 February 2019

Welcome to Artisan's Asylum! We hope you will contribute much and well. You will probably want to read the help pages. Again, welcome and have fun! Jess Muise 09:33, 30 June 2017 (EDT)


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Very Local

  • Atlas Metals, Only one mile from our Tyler St location and open until noon on Saturdays. 475 Columbia Street, Somerville, MA 02143. (617) 666-8440. ‎

Local

  • Metal Supermarkets in Woburn. You can order online, or show up and buy there. They like the Asylum.
  • Admiral Metals in Woburn is great. You can buy just about any metal except mild steel (aka "normal" steel; they do stainless though), of any type (tube, bar, sheet, plate etc...) and they do it all by weight. For example: 4"x4"x12" 1/8" wall aluminum tube... $7. A downside is that they keep banker's hours. 11/4/2014 MetalSource recently changed and now only does online/phone ordering. During a call recently, I noted that pricing was now no longer done by weight and the materials were considerably more expensive. [11 Forbes Rd, 781/932-0482]
  • For small tubing, Artist & Craftsman Supply (Cambridge, Central Square) and Tags (also Cambridge; Porter Square) are decent sources.
  • Cambridge Metals in allston. Primarily targetting roofing supplies, but they claim to have some other stuff as well. Their website may be weird, archive.org has info.
  • J. Freeman in Dorchester. Sheet aluminum and sheet plastic.
  • Kaufman in Norwood, so driveable to save shipping. Spot-checking materials like sheet & bar stock, they seem to be 1/2 to 2/3rds the price of MSC until you get into huge sizes (e.g,. 1.5"-diameter solid bars, etc), at which point they still seem at least somewhat cheaper than MSC. They claim to have a 1700-page paper catalog.
  • http://www.logansteel.com/ in Connecticut. they do online and in person. Prices for their Bargain Barn are $1/lb for steel and $5.00/lb for stainless/aluminum. They have a great selection, but cut at a rate of $20 for the first cut and $2 per cut thereafter. Remember to bring cutting tools if you want to avoid the fee and don't have a truck.
  • Mid City Steel For large section (you know, girders) they are a long haul, but they do have an online inventory, so you can check before you go.
  • MIT's central machine shop will sell stock to MIT affiliates for cash.
  • Philip A Rand Co 139 California St, Newton, MA 02458 – Good source for steel wire for sculptural and other applications. Small place, they will let you in back to "feel" the wire.
  • Pierce Aluminum for aluminum. May have better delivery rates / minimum.
  • Sumo Steel in Medford has been known to sell steel & aluminum scrap and offcuts. This is an industrial steel fabrication shop nominally, but they have a bunch of stock and scrap that they sell for cash to make a couple bucks in this wintry economic clime. Call first.
  • Turner Steel Co. Inc. is in West Bridgewater, MA. $25 minimum, $150 minimum for delivery. 1-800-521-8881. Aluminum, brass, steel, threaded rod, drill rod, tubing, etc. They can get many of the items on this extended stock list
  • Central Steel Supply

By Mail

  • Ebay has a surprisingly large selection of metal stock
  • MSC has a huge selection of everything (not just metals); normal UPS shipping is typically next-day from their nearby depot. Can be pricey, but they have lots of promotions. Good search engine; enormous cinderblock of a paper catalog ("The Big Book").
  • McMaster Carr Like MSC; somewhat different selection. Very nice search engine (but hard to get normal paper catalogs).
  • Wick's Aircraft 4130 steel tubing.
  • Online Metals Small quantity metal orders, lots of selection.

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Tool Testing

Test sub-page for tool testing.


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