RustDeamon
heading downstate today to hit a back woods junk yard owned by my friends dad to see if I can get my hands on some broken leaf springs, and maybe a brake drum. hopefully I will have prizes later today. i'll share pictures if I score anything cool
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Anthony San Miguel
You will probably acquire an addiction. I love going to the scrap yard! In addition to springs also look for axles, torsion bars, industrial equipment pins, forklift tines. People scrap all kinds of good stuff.
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jmccustomknives
Be carefull with broke springs, they typically broke from cracks, which there are more hiding in the steel.  Look for newer vehicles to get them from.  Good luck!

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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RustDeamon
well instead of the junkyard I hit liberty tool company http://www.libertytoolco.com/ in case your curious I added a link. which is an antique tool place a couple hours south of here. I ran short of time only picked up one chisel not really anything spectacular but so be it. On the bright side I met a local area blacksmith of 30 years who was also scouring the shelves for tools and picked his brain on stuff we chatted for a while. Unfortunately I forgot to grab his number before I left. but chances are i'll run into him again it's a pretty small world.
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Anthony San Miguel
I don't know if by junkyard you also mean a scrapyard, but so many people don't have a scrapyard near them that allows them to rummage through it for the blacksmiths' treasures they contain. If you do have a scrapyard near you that allows you to do it I would take advantage.
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RustDeamon
no by junkyard I mean a place that deals primarily with junk cars/parts not an all metal scrap yard. though he does have some scrap metal I can pick through. Helps that the owner has known me since I was knee high to a grasshopper.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Community yard sales can be some great treasure spots for steel and tools. I recently went to a sale and got a whole bunch of stuff for super cheap.
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Duce
I frequent a local salavge that allows you scronge through all kinds of stuff. Yesterday picked up a 2 hp motor electric for 35 cents a pound, as is. It was a bit of a gamble, it ran like a champ.
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theengel
2 HP electric what?
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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Duce
Edited original post "electric motor" sorry.
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theengel
Oh... he he.  

You said HP, and I'm thinking Hewlett Packard.  I'm a printer repairman by day, and that's what HP means to me.

Now I see you meant a 2 horse power motor.  Funny.  Nice find.
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
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Scrambler82
I just found a Recycling Yard, local to me, a lot of stuff, a lot I don't need right now but can't hurt to buy it now !

I did find some really nice "I" Beams, 18" center beam, 6.5" flat top and 1/4" thickness, would made a great Anvil stand, in fact there is a long piece that might work for a Post Vice too.
This place lets you walk around, pick at will, weigh it and come to the Pay-Window, no question about weight and their price is around 30 cent a pound, unless it is really big and they will adjust the price to make is more reasonable, gotta like these guys.

I located some 2.5", 1/4" wall tubing, bought 8' for receiver hitch setups, thinking one on the side of the anvil stand.

Also found a shop that sells new steel at 60 cent a pound, they call themselves a Salvage Yard and their pricing is great.  A lot of stick length steel, I got 8' of 1 3/4" x 1/8" angle, 6" of 3" flat stock, and 5' of 3" Angle, 3/16" thick, all for 21.75... less than one 4' piece at Lowes !

Glad I found these places.

Hope everyone else has found what they were looking for and yes on what jmccustomknives has stated, if the spring is broken and/or old watch what you are buying, if it is free maybe but leaf springs have a bad habit of work hardening and breaking without warning and older steel is not always the best.

Of course, this is a Newbs opinion !
Do It Right The First Time !
GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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Scrambler82
Took a trip to the Salvage Yards this AM.
Was hoping for some 3" x 1/8" Angled Steel.
In both locations there was no cut offs of angled stock, new steel but five feet cut to four feet of 3"x3"x1/8" was $15.00; Lowes sells it for the same price.

The "I" Beam at the Recycle Yard is going fast, anyone in the Temecula, CA area, who may want some large 1/2" thick I-Beam... let me know.
Th yard was cleaning up some and a lot of small stuff was gone, and I lost out on some of the stuff I wanted... so the moral of the story... "buy it when you see it" !



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GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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Scrambler82
Took a trip to the Salvage Yards and a Scrape Yard this AM.
Was hoping for some 3" x 1/8" Angled Steel.
In both locations there was no cut offs of angled stock, new steel but five feet cut to four feet of 3"x3"x1/8" was $15.00; Lowes sells it for the same price.

The "I" Beam at the Recycle Yard is going fast, anyone in the Temecula, CA area, who may want some large 1/2" thick I-Beam... let me know.
Th yard was cleaning up some and a lot of small stuff was gone, and I lost out on some of the stuff I wanted... so the moral of the story... "buy it when you see it" !



Do It Right The First Time !
GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Aye, gotta jump on that stuff!

I went to the recycler to drop off some aluminum (got $60 for it all), and they had some hard facing MIG wire there. I would have grabbed it if my machine could handle the .045 it was.
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Scrambler82
Had a friend visit from just a town over, told him I still had to get a 4' piece of 3" angle to finish the Forge Stand.
He showed up the next day, he had the angle I needed plus... told me to take my pick.
I asked about a price and he nothing, enjoy... a new friend but it appears a good one to have !

Now I can put on the wheels on the Forge Stand !
Do It Right The First Time !
GrevB
Location: SoCal, USA
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