View Full Version : Where do you get your aluminum plate

Cold Fusion
12-28-2003, 08:13 PM
I've looked on ebay but shipping is a ton. Any suggestions?

12-28-2003, 08:19 PM
Try here:


They have a location in Houston.


12-28-2003, 08:20 PM

Other than that, try your local salvage yard, scrap dealer.


12-28-2003, 08:44 PM

Cold Fusion
12-28-2003, 09:16 PM
Ok, my next question is how thick of a plate should I get. I was looking at .500 inch for the end plates and gauntry. These are the parts that I want done in aluminum. http://cnczone.com/forums/attachment.php?s=&postid=15999

12-28-2003, 09:37 PM
1/2" is good for the endplates. If you can, use (or make) a "C" channel for the cross piece. Less flex.

Actually the side plates can benefit from that sort of design too. My sides can (and do) flex a little from the inertai of accel and decel.


Cold Fusion
12-28-2003, 09:39 PM
What do you use to cut all of your aluminum plate? I'm assuming a table saw for bigger pieces. Will a band saw or jig work for any curved pieces I might be doing (with the proper blades of course).

12-28-2003, 09:48 PM

12-28-2003, 10:19 PM
I use my tables saw with a carbide blade. Read many places on the web said the used woodworking tools with carbide blades/cutters. I was leary, but now that I've done it, no big deal. Haven't tried a router yet.


p.s. the auction works site, my last order was $10 shipping on a $100 order of aluminum

12-28-2003, 10:30 PM
Thanks a great site, I just bidded on some alum.

12-28-2003, 10:45 PM
OK, this may be a dumb question, but what do the numbers mean (e.g. aluminum 6061 and aluminum 5052)?


Cold Fusion
12-28-2003, 10:51 PM
They stand for the different grades of aluminum. 6061 is the standard grade. 7075 is stronger but slightly heavier.

12-28-2003, 11:54 PM
I buy most of my aluminum from Yarde Metals, the website is http://www.yarde.com/ Go to the drop zone on the menu on the left of the page.
Hope this helps.

12-29-2003, 12:53 AM
I recommend Speedy Metals. Low price and never over charge on shipping. their 888-744-4140 or SpeedyMtls@aol..com

Alan T.
12-29-2003, 10:01 AM
Make friends with you local welding shop. Mine gives me all the scrap I want. I probably have 1500lbs of sheet, plate, box and extrusion.

Alan T.

12-30-2003, 09:05 AM
Originally posted by bb99
OK, this may be a dumb question, but what do the numbers mean (e.g. aluminum 6061 and aluminum 5052)?

Those numbers are alloy & temper designations. For wrought aluminum alloys, the 1st digit identifies the alloy type, the 2nd digit identifies the alloy variation, the 3rd & 4th digits are used to seperate that alloy from others in the same series (unique number). Temper designations are as follows:

F - as fabricated
O - annealed
H - strain hardened
W - solution heat treated
T - thermally treated

Cast aluminum designations are similar but there are differences.

12-30-2003, 11:28 AM

If you use structural channel for a gantry cross-member, keep in mind that the inside surfaces are not very precise, so if you are using THK style bearing rails and don't have the facilities to machine a flat surface in the channel, I would recommend using the outside surface to bolt the rails to. With Thomson style round rails it isn't quite so critical.


Cold Fusion
12-30-2003, 11:52 AM
I plan to use round linear rails.

12-30-2003, 02:11 PM
Cold Fusion and cadman,

Thanks for the info! I keep learning something new from this site every day.

Happy New Year!

Cold Fusion
12-30-2003, 06:59 PM

01-27-2006, 01:37 PM
Find a company that does commercial door and window instalations. They have great scrap bins full of box and extrusions.