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Old 01-14-2015, 01:54 PM
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Where can I find Thick aluminum plate?

Looking for a thick 1/2"+ thick 9x11" aluminum plate to surface heads. Needs to have a perfectly flat machined surface. Anyone know where I could find this? SS would work as well I suppose.

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Metal supermarkets is my go to for small metal..And tha tis small metal..not a full sheet..

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Metal supermarkets is my go to for small metal..And tha tis small metal..not a full sheet..

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Thanks I'll give them a call.
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I also use Metal Supermarket. You do pay a premium for them to cut you a small piece but it usually is well worth those few extra pennies (or bucks)
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Online Metals is good also. 6061-T6, 1/2" x 12" x 12" is 66 bucks n change PLUS shipping...
https://www.onlinemetals.com/merchan...=76&top_cat=60
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Not saying this one is any batter, but I used them a lot with zero problems. Fast order processing and ship as well.

https://www.metalsdepot.com/
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If you want it guaranteed to be flat, you'll have to get Aluminum Tooling Plate....regular extruded bar or plate may not be flat enough for your intended use. Best to ask the folks you buy from about flatness.
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thick aluminum plate

years ago I bought a surface plate.im not sure if its granet but is of that type of material. its 18"x 20" and about 4" thick. I don't know what the cost is now but I don't think it was to bad then.
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McMaster has precision ground aluminum "jig" plate as well. They have specs and everyting you are looking for.
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Why not try a metal fabber to make what you need like these guys near u.

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You might also try a metal salvage yard. We had a place in Phoenix called Davis Salvage where I got all the metal I needed for projects. Once you have the piece in your hand, take it to a machine shop and have it flycut to flat.
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years ago I bought a surface plate.im not sure if its granet but is of that type of material. its 18"x 20" and about 4" thick. I don't know what the cost is now but I don't think it was to bad then.
A surface place (granite) would insure that things are very flat, but to use it to get the head flat is a different story. You would need some double sided tape. then carefully tape some sand paper down beside one another with no wrinkles in it

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You might also try a metal salvage yard. We had a place in Phoenix called Davis Salvage where I got all the metal I needed for projects. Once you have the piece in your hand, take it to a machine shop and have it flycut to flat.
hat is the best thing to do, is just take it to a machine shop and have it flycut flat. Or do search on CL for a lapping plate. It is a perfectly flat plate with slots in it and you use clover compound on it and rub the item back and forth ntil it is flat. You will need some Prussian Bluing to put a very thin coat on the plate, rub it around, then pull the head up and check it. You will have bare spots where the bluing does not show up on the head.
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I know some guys do motorcycle heads with a thick pc of glass and sand paper. Never tried it . I leave machine work to machine shops.
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