Aluminum rods for lightsabers...

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  1. Unfated

    Unfated Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Where is the best place to get aluminum, or stainless steel rods
    for use in machining lightsabers? I'm not finding them at the
    local Home Depot, or Lowes. I have a metal lathe I'm looking
    to play with. Any ideas would be appreciated.
     
  2. DarthJRW

    DarthJRW Well-Known Member

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    try
    http://onlinemetals.com/

    they have a big selection

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  3. Unfated

    Unfated Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Would you recommend aluminum or stainless steel?
     
  4. Sporak

    Sporak Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Most of us here make them from aluminum...
    Depends how powerful your lathe is and the kind of cutting tools you use.
    Alum is way softer...
     
  5. SmilingOtter

    SmilingOtter Master Member

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    I tend to go with Onlinemetals. For sabers, I like the 1.25" OD, .75" ID. Gives you .25" of material to machine.
     
  6. vader1974

    vader1974 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Try to find a local supplier that sells directly to consumers. I use a local company the sells small quanities. Sometimes I will buy a full length (usually 12 ft @ the by the ft price) , but usually a raid the cutoff bin (leftover pieces from other customer orders). THe cutoff bin is priced by the lb and type of material. I usually can find some useful and cheap material in the cutoff bin. I prefer to work in AL and Brass as they are easy to work with and produce a nice finished product. I have used online metals in the past and if you are unable to find a local place that can meet your needs, I highly recommend them.

    Good Luck
    Brian
     
  7. Unfated

    Unfated Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks guys, but after going on this site I think I might as well
    just buy one done. www.randomsabers.com
     
  8. Sporak

    Sporak Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    I have a couple of those too :)
    Good guy.
     
  9. SmilingOtter

    SmilingOtter Master Member

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    Very good guy. Very good sabers. Very long wait, though. (check the progress page.)
     

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