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1/2 inch aluminum I beam?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by skeet_man, Jan 31, 2012.

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  1. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know if such a thing exists? If I could find something 1/2" (or even 7/16") wide by 1/2" tall, it would be the perfect raw mat'l to make a light weight add-on rib from. I can't find anything even close, just stuff thats much larger. For some reason its stuck in my mind that I came across something like this before, but I've been searching the internet for 3 hours and haven't come up with anything close.
     
  2. rocko

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    Try this

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#aluminum-h-bars/=g236ht
     
  3. BigBadBob

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    Check with a hobby shop?
     
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    I have a couple sources here in the Detroit area. There is one company that buys surplus and resells to the public. How long a piece do you need? How many pieces? What is your price range? Send me a PM with all your specifics.
    Chuck
     
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    Local hardware store.
     
  6. Bentley998

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    Try www.smallparts.com
    They have a vast assortment- might have to buy bigger and cut down
     
  7. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    Rocko- Thanks, looked there. Everything for the H bars is still way too big.

    BBB- Looked at my local one, only thing close is in brass and way too small.

    Chuckie- I'd need @ least 30" long. I would like that the cost should be around $20 for something like this.

    BigM- Never seen anything close to this at any of the local hardware stores I frequent.

    Bentley- Will look there, thats one place that I've bought from before that I didn't think to look at.
     
  8. steele

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    So, what you want is 1/2" X 1/2" square stock? Try Wallace Metals, Pgh, PA
    412-323-9770. I buys lots of aluminum items for building trade show displays.
    They have 1/2" x 1/2" x 36" for $40. $20 to ship it. Ask for Willie. I just talked to him. Butch from Pgh
     
  9. skeet_man

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    Close, but not quite. I want 1/2"x 1/2" aluminum I beam, not square stock. I beam would be significantly lighter for the same height and width.
     
  10. Bentley998

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    Aluminum being rather soft it can be worked with woodworking equipment - I think you could buy 1/2 X 1/2 square stock and mill it into an I-beam on a router table- use good hold downs to ensure a uniform cut
     
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    Thats not a bad idea. Now to find someone w/ a router table :)
     
  12. steele

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    What you want is called an extrusion. Lots of companies make this stuff in some really weird configurations. Something as light as you want, might be difficult to find. Like Bently said, you might try to machine it yourself.
    Harbor Freight has a cheap set of mill cutters that would work on a standard drill press & would easily do aluminum. You would have to have sometype of moving machine table, but you can do it if you're carefull.
     
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    sometimes it costs more to do it yourself than to just buy.
     
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    You can contact Tiernay metals in Los Angeles and they can tell you the name of a distributor that can sell it to you. The Tierney catalog calls them "H" beams, not "I" beams. Here's their info:

    http://business.highbeam.com/company-profiles/info/c1703360/tiernay-metals-inc
     
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    I'm sure Trident Metals would have or will get it for you, but you will need to buy the whole stick, probably 20 or 24 ft
     
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    I'll check for you tomorrow. If available I'll let you know.
    Chuck
     
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    Try looking for aluminum trim pieces that join frp panels together. Try www.marlite.com and look at frp trim. Start with pc# F565. We use these H trim pieces and would probably be a good starting piece. Might also try a larger drywall supplier.
     
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    Ian, I've got a Bridgeport that I could mill out a piece of 1/2 square for you Can you not buy one made fit to try? Larry
     
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    My biggest problem is weight. I have a 1/4" delrin rib right now, which weighs 2oz. My gun is already at very nearly 11lb, and I don't want to add a fraction of an ounce more if I can help it (if adding more rib means adding more weight, I'll stick with what I have). I'm not sure a regular aluminum rib could be hollowed out enough to get the weight where I need it, and even if it could, I'd be looking at something in the $300-$400 range. I was hoping if there was something relatively close to being ready made, it would be significantly lower in cost.

    If I had access to a mill, I could make exactly what I want/needed, but alas I don't have access right now.
     
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    Skeet Man,

    I have a solution that will work long enough for you to prove that the "new rib" concept will pan out. What is the width and depth of the groove that will run down each side of the 1/2" x 1/2" bar stock?

    Kit
     
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