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Things You Didn’t Know We Stock: Metal Numbers

It’s DIY Time and we’ve got lots of fun accessories to get you started – like metal numbers! Feel in an arts and crafts mood? Patina, paint, texture…you can do whatever you want with them. The numbers are in Tahoma font and cut out of HRP&O (hot rolled pickled and oiled) steel sheet, which has been bathed in acid to remove scale and then rinsed and “pickled” with dry oil to prevent rusting.

metal Numbers eblastThese metal numbers are ready to go for your next project. The most common way a DIYer might put these pre-cut numbers to use is to attach them to a wall, fence, gate, post, or even a large rock, to indicate the street address. But for even such a mundane purpose, let your creativity shine through in the way you finish the metal. Here are some suggestions to get your imagination going:

  • Weld a metal stake to the back of each number and “plant” them in your garden.
  • Add a patina to create an antique or rusted look for a down-home (or upscale) look.
  • Paint or etch the numbers with an artistic freehand pattern to give them a handcrafted or vintage appearance.
  • Add the numbers to a base plate of metal sheet or ceramic tiles to create a unique number plate.

More Creative DIY Project Ideas for Metal Numbers:metal number 9

  • Combine your house number with a three-dimensional metal art silhouette such as a dolphin, antique Ford, or palm tree for even greater impact.
  • Use them to create a giant metal wall clock, indoors or outside near a patio, barbeque or pool area.
  • Design a unique wall mural featuring a wide range of different sized numbers, along with other artistic elements, including frames, lighting sconces, plant holders, or floating shelves.

All Industrial Metal Supply stores stock these unfinished steel numerals from 0 to 9 in four sizes (4”, 6”, 8”, or 12″). Stop by, pick up a set, and while you’re there, check out our extensive supply of metal finishes, including patinas and lacquers to create unique and beautiful metal accents for your home.

Industrial Metal Supply is the Southland’s largest supplier of metal and metal accessories. Visit one of our six convenient locations today.


Industrial Look and Feel

Give Your Space An Industrial Look With These Metals

Industrial furniture style makes for great DIY metal fabrication projects. From mirror polished stainless steel to aged and oxidized copper tubing, metal, in all its varieties, forms the heart of industrial design. Add the organic warmth of weathered or reclaimed wood, exposed pipes, earthy brick or concrete, rivets, and a touch of leather to round out your industrial style.

An Industrial Style Table

If you’re lucky enough to score a pair of vintage cast iron legs from an old lathe mill or workbench, re-purpose them into a side table or, depending on their length, a small café table. Craft a tabletop from reclaimed oak.

Industrial Bed Frame & Headboard

Rectangular steel tubing can be cut to make the legs and frame for an industrial style bed. Use two longer tubes for the headboard and two shorter tubes for the foot of the bed. Weld all four supports to a rectangular frame made of steel angle. Then weld crossbars between the legs of the headboard and footboard, and several more across the base to support a mattress and box springs. Sand, prime, and paint the frame an industrial gray. To make an interesting headboard design, add horizontal strips of reclaimed wood coated in a non-toxic finish.

Industrial Computer Desk

Use square steel tube to build a framework for an open-shelf computer desk. Weld together two “pillars” consisting of four legs and two perforated steel shelves each. Weld a large rectangular frame across the top of the pillars, leaving a large enough space between them for your knees. Bolt a piece of polished, weathered wood across the frame to create the desktop. Hang a pull-out shelf for your keyboard under the central section of the desk.

By cutting a hole at the back near the base of one of the desk legs, you can string electric cables through the tube and up to the desktop, avoiding a messy tangle of cords. You could also build a matching steel tube stool with a wooden seat. To complete the industrial look, place wire or woven wood baskets on the open shelves for storage.

More DIY Industrial Metal Projects Ideas

  • Metal hardware casters can turn any size or height table or bookshelf into an industrial design showpiece.
  • Create a large metal wall clock reminiscent of an old-time factory.
  • Use woven or welded wire mesh as shelves for an industrial bookshelf or baker’s rack, or even the walls of a wine cabinet.
  • Create a pendant light with a steel or cast iron basket cover – and try finishing it with an antique patina.
  • Replace the wood doors on your kitchen cabinets with chicken wire or wire mesh.
  • Use copper tubing or steel pipes to support floating wooden shelves.

Find more creative ways to use sheet metal for DIY industrial projects on our blog.

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Build Your Own Welding Table

Build Your Own Welding Table or Workbench

Joe Mooney of Homesteadonmics built a welding table/multifunctional workbench for his shipping container shop, using steel sheet and tubing. He plans on using this table for more than just welding, so he built in added functionality, making it a multipurpose workbench for more than just metal projects. This welding table build should also help him out a lot for the next few shipping container shop additions!

Gather Your Metal Materials

To begin this project, Joe made a trip to his local Industrial Metal Supply, checking out the reference board and the scrap room for ideas. After purchasing materials, he measured and cut steel plate for the top and steel tube into lengths to make the frame and legs: four (4) legs, four (4) long frame struts, four (4) short frame struts, and, ultimately, five (5) cross pieces.

Laying out the tubing on the table’s top to ensure fit and spacing, Joe used large, powerful welding magnets and an L-square to square the frame corners. Then he tack welded the rectangular frame together, turning it over to ensure it was square before continuing to weld. He made sure to work on opposite sides of the frame so that the tube didn’t heat up too quickly.

Welding Your Table

Next, Joe welded the sides of the frame together, adding three cross pieces on the top and two on the bottom. He also welded small square pieces of plate to the bottom of each leg to serve as a base for the wheels.

To add to the versatility of the table, Joe installed some perforated steel tubing across the length of the table directly under the level of the table top. This allowed him to add a slide-out section from each side of the table to hold his table saws.

Using four pieces of steel tubing cut on a 45-degree angle, Joe welded together two rectangular drawer frames. He welded a hinge on one outside corner of each drawer, to allow them to swing out from beneath the table top. After adding some perforated sheet to form the bottoms of the drawers, he welded the other side of each hinge to the back table legs near the top. Then he added a piece of scrap underneath the table top cross braces to act as a backstop for the flip-out drawers.

Next, Joe built a large pull-out front drawer using some flat steel bar scrap, along with a piece of the perforated sheet for the bottom of the drawer. He mounted that drawer on a couple of slide-out rails hung from the top cross-pieces.

The Finishing Touches

To finish the frame, Joe sanded it all smooth, went over it with paint thinner, and then sprayed it with a couple of coats of gray paint.

He added heavy-duty poly casters to the four legs. Then he added a clear coat of Penetrol to a large rectangle of perforated sheet (to maintain the metal look) and screwed it to the base of the frame to form a shelf that would allow metal shavings to drop through.

Joe welded tabs to the steel sheet used for the table top and then attached those to the frame with sheet metal screws. He also screwed bent flat bar at various spots on the legs to make handy brackets and accessory hooks.

To create a pull-out expansion section, Joe slid steel tube into the perforated tube already mounted on the frame and welded a cross piece to each end. He added some clever leveling stops to the bottom of the frame to allow him to level the table on uneven surfaces.

For complete details on Joe’s welding table build, visit our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcdMMgUfH6o.

Industrial Metal Supply Co. partnered with Joe on this How-To DIY project by supplying some of the steel for this build! Visit www.IndustrialMetalSupply.com for the Southwest’s largest supply of metal and metal tools and accessories.


diy magnetic board

DIY: How To Make a Magnetic Board on a Budget

Magnetic boards can be found in almost any room of the house, or at the office, for that matter. These practical items can help you organize and display everything from crafts and sewing notions to children’s artwork and school papers to dried herbs and spices. Here are some tips for making a DIY magnetic board without breaking the bank.

Start With a Pre-Made Frame

The easiest – and most cost effective – way to make a magnetic board is start with a frame or framed piece of artwork. Remove the glass, cardboard backing, and the art. Then use the cardboard rectangle as a template for a piece of sheet metal.

Select The Right Metal Sheet

Though you made find small sizes of metal sheet at a hobby store, a metal supply stores carry a larger variety of steel sheet. Make sure you don’t choose aluminum sheet, because it’s not magnetic. Galvanized steel sheet will resist rust and corrosion over the years. Choose a thickness that’s easy to work with and not too heavy – for example, 16-gauge galvanized steel sheet, which is about 1/16-inch thick.

Cut The Sheet to Fit the Cardboard Template

Very small-gauge steel sheet can be cut fairly easily with tin snips, or you can ask the hardware or metal supply store for custom cut-to-size sheet.

Prepare The Frame

Before assembling the magnetic board, you may want to change the look of the frame to fit the style of your home. If it is bare wood, sand it lightly and then stain it, following the directions on the package. If the frame was already stained, start by sanding it down to the wood grain before re-staining or painting. If you’re going to paint the frame, you may need to sand it and coat it with a couple layers of primer, let it dry, and then apply the final color.

Assemble The Magnetic Board

Insert the steel sheet into the frame, followed by the cardboard backing. Use the same hardware provided to lock them into the back of the frame. Add hanging hardware as needed, and then hang and enjoy!

For a wide range of steel sheet, visit Industrial Metal Supply today.


repurposed metal projects

Items That Are Perfect for Repurposed Metal Projects

Many DIY projects make good use of repurposed metal. The result can be not only practical and aesthetically pleasing, but also good for the planet. Most metal objects do not break down quickly in nature, so it’s important to keep them out of the landfill as much as possible. Here are some creative ideas for projects that breathe new life into metal:

  • Build a new frame for an old metal fireplace screen to create a decorative wall hanging.
  • Repurpose old rebar into chairs, end tables, bookshelves, and more.
  • Frame a rectangle of rusted corrugated sheet in recycled wood and add lettering for a custom sign in the bath or hallway.
  • Recycle old metal sheet into rustic planters for the garden or flower boxes under windows.
  • “Upcycle” colanders or metal washtubs into lampshades.

Simple tin cans can be reborn as wall sculptures, flower vases, arts & crafts organizers, drink holders, luminaires, lamps, alarm clocks, and much more!

Imaginative souls can dream up an unlimited number of fun and fancy sculptures for home and garden by welding together repurposed metal objects such as horseshoes, old keys, bike chains, wrenches, hammers, nuts and bolts, washers, axe heads, springs, shovels and rakes, pipes, forks and spoons, chain links, railroad spikes, and the list goes on.

Repurposed weathering steel corrugated sheet adds a rustic look to outdoor structures, such as fences, barbecue pits, potting sheds, barns and garages. Indoors, it lends a modern farmhouse style to accent walls in a bedroom or media room. Use it to face cabinets, wrap around a kitchen island or cover a bar or backsplash.

Painted sheet metal can be repurposed for many uses, both indoor and outdoor. Pre-painted aluminum sheet has a hard, abrasive resistant coating that is extremely durable. Build all sorts of furniture, accessories, and sculptures with this versatile metal sheet, which can be extensively formed and fabricated without cracking the finish.

Aluminum sheet works with almost any style décor, from retro to farmhouse, minimalist to eclectic. Create a custom headboard with matching side tables, benches, and even lamps. Build a bookshelf, desk, dining set, coffee table, or bar.

For a wide range of pre-painted aluminum sheet colors and pre-cut sizes from 12 in. x 48 in. up to 48 in. x 96 in., contact Industrial Metal Supply.


TS Ironworks, Phoenix Customer

IMS Customer Spotlight: TS Iron Works 

In this post, Industrial Metal Supply highlights another loyal customer of the Phoenix location.

Industrial Metal Supply’s Phoenix customer, TS Iron Works, LLC, is located in Queen Creek, Arizona.

TS Iron Works is a small machine shop with three employees, headed by Travis Rupp.

“We do mostly commercial welding and fabrication, and we do CNC plasma cutting in-house,” Rupp said. “We’ve got a big 5 ft. X 10 ft. cutting table that we use to run everything from stainless to aluminum to steel.”

How did TS Iron Works first connect with IMS?

“Before this, I worked for Key Tech International and we bought through IMS off and on,’ Rupp said. “Then I left Key Tech and started my own business about seven years ago.”

After meeting Roger Cundick (Phoenix IMS General Manager) three years ago, TS Iron Works has done business exclusively with IMS.

“I work with Roger directly, or with Jon Carden (Inside Sales) or the sales office, calling in my quotes and orders,” Rupp said.

For their plasma cutting work, TS Iron Works buys a lot of sheet steel, mostly plate, in a variety of sizes.

The company also orders quite a lot of tubing, angle iron, and other metal, and has it all cut to size at IMS.

What appeals to you most about working with IMS?

“I’ve worked with all the big metal companies here in Phoenix, and Roger at IMS has given me by far the best customer service out of anybody,” Rupp said. “I even order structural iron and beams from Roger and pay the higher price just to buy it from IMS, because I’d rather I’d rather pay more to get their customer service.”

For example, Rupp takes advantage of the brokering services provided by IMS.

“A lot of the big structural stuff we use is not a stocked item at IMS here in Phoenix, but Roger orders it out for me,” he said.

“IMS has gone above and beyond for me a couple times on last minute orders that I needed right away, and I’ve even had them bring an order out in a pickup truck just to get it to me in time,” Rupp said.

A two-way partnership

IMS also buys parts from TS Iron Works, which makes for a great business relationship.
“I make a couple of different things, like a heavy duty weld-on gate latch that IMS now carries in all its stores,” Rupp said. “We’re actually working on an order for about 105 of them we’re building right now. I’m just really happy working with IMS and hoping to stick it out for a long time here,” Rupp said.

For photos and updates on TS Iron Works products, such as a 16-ft. custom 3-D metal sign with LED backlighting for Greenfield Acres, visit the TS Iron Works page on Facebook.

“Everything we build and every single thing on our Facebook page is made with metal from IMS,” Rupp said.

We hope that stories like these from our customers will inspire you to check out Industrial Metal Supply products and services.


Grate Solutions Joe Fischer, Phoenix Customer

IMS Customer Spotlight: Grate Solutions

In this post, Industrial Metal Supply highlights just one of our many loyal customers.

Grate Solutions, a supplier of heavy duty highway gratings and other storm drain metals, is supplied by Industrial Metal Supply’s Phoenix location. Grate Solutions employees 18 people, with three mobile trucks on the road doing installations in and around Phoenix, and throughout Arizona.

What products and services does Grate Solutions provide?

In addition to gratings and storm drains, Grate Solutions builds and installs:

  • Bridge pedestrian rails
  • Guardrails
  • Catch basin frames
  • Trash racks
  • Scuppers
  • Manhole frames & covers
  • Safety posts

The company also provides mandrel bending, welding, custom hole cutting, plasma cutting, painting, galvanizing, powder coating, and sand blasting services.

How did Grate Solutions first connect with IMS?

“Roger Cundick, the general manager at IMS Phoenix, reached out to me a few years ago and said they were interested in carrying the products that I buy regularly,” said Joe Fischer, President of Sales and Operations at Grate Solutions.

“Roger is a great guy and I typically work directly with him, but I also work with Jon Carden (Inside Sales) and Johnny Grumm (Outside Sales),” Fischer said.

Which IMS products does Grate Solutions rely on most?

To make the grates, the company uses quite a bit of ½-in. thick flat bar steel, anywhere from 2 inches to 6 inches in width, and also a lot of angle iron, up to ½-in. thick, and 2 inches to 6 inches on a leg. They sometimes use specialized services from IMS to cut bars to size with a band saw.

What keeps Grate Solutions coming back to IMS?

“Price and service from IMS has been impeccable,” Fischer said. “For hard-to-find things, sometimes it takes a couple days, but Roger’s been able to take care of pretty much everything I’ve needed.”

According to Fischer, IMS has even come through for Grate Solutions in a pinch.

“There have been a couple of times we’ve forgotten to order things, and I’ve called Roger and he’s had them there later that day,” he said. “I’ve even texted Roger on a Saturday, and he has sent an order to me on Monday morning – so he’s gone well above and beyond for us.”

We hope that by connecting with customers such as Grate Solutions and hearing their stories, you will be inspired to check out all the products and services Industrial Metal Supply has to offer.


Office Design Inspirations

Sheet metal décor can bring a whole new look to office interiors. When looking for industrial office design inspiration, consider the many creative ways that metal sheet and pipe can be used.

Aluminum

Lightweight aluminum is the ideal sheet metal material for a wide variety of architectural applications, including wall panels, stairways, and more. Aluminum privacy panels, either plain or perforated, can give a modern, clean look to industrial office décor.

Aluminum diamond or tread plate provides traction on stairs and protection for walls and columns. Pre-painted aluminum sheet offers a hard, abrasive-resistant coating that can be extensively formed and fabricated.

Steel Chic

Steel is the classic industrial office design material, used for everything from shelves, window frames, and air-ducts, to walls, floors and ceilings. Steel combines well with wood and glass, and can support ultra-modern, mid-century, eclectic, and almost any other style.

Steel pipe and sheet can be used for light fixtures, desks, chairs, and other furniture. Steel accessories, such as planters, door hardware, towel bars, and coat hooks carry through the industrial design scheme.

Corrugated Steel

For a more traditional style, use corrugated sheet for a backsplash or line an island in the company kitchen – or lend a rustic look to an outdoor bar, complete with a corrugated “tin roof.” Bathrooms are an excellent place to incorporate corrugated metal sheet on stalls, backsplashes, and shower enclosures.

Use corrugated sheet as wainscoting in a lobby or entrance area, or to line the half-wall around a staircase opening. You can use galvanized or Galvalume sheet to prevent rusting, or go with plain steel corrugated sheet that has been rusted in the open air.

Embossed and textured sheet

Deep-textured, three-dimensional, Rigidized® embossed and textured sheet in a variety of metals and patterns adds the perfect design touch for industrial office projects. The deep-texturing process enhances the durability and beauty of metal sheet, while adding strength, impact resistance, and the ability to hide scratches. Textured sheet also eliminates glare, which can be a critical design factor.

Rigidized sheet is available in stainless steel, copper, and brass – in a wide range of finishes and patterns. These materials can add drama to an office wall, floor, ceiling, or countertop.

Click here for more information on the wide range of metals available for industrial office décor.


Highlighting the Work of Metal-Based Artists

Artistic sculpture made of industrial metals such as steel and copper sheet is becoming more and more popular, for use in both modern and traditional architectural settings. The following artists have honed their craftsmanship to design stunningly beautiful works of metal art that adorn tables, gardens, fountains, and interior and exterior walls.

Repoussé and Chasing Technique

Sculptor and metalsmith Jeremy Maronpot creates freestanding objects and wall sculptures depicting natural objects – such as a honeycomb, maple leaves, or a cat – as well as organic abstract designs. Maronpot specializes in the repoussé and chasing technique, which involves hammering a sheet of metal from both sides to create a texture or low relief.

metal artwork by Jeremy Maronpot

A six-foot tall structure in North Carolina from Jeremy Maronpot

His creations include a woodland gate of hand-forged steel pipe shaped like branches welded together in a floating design. The pipes were hammered in, to give them the texture of bark, and then allowed to rust for a more natural feel.

Metal and Glass – With a Twist

Paul Hill uses industrial metal to create sculpture that echoes nature, but with a twist. His giant glowing green glass Venus flytrap leaves loom high above street level on tall corten steel stems.

Paul Hill industrial metal sculpture

A riveted cattle skull in polished aluminum sports a pair of copper patina horns.

Hill used silicon bronze with a Jax patina to create a fountain commissioned for a farming corporation featuring a giant human hand holding a 4-ft. tall baby chick that has just hatched from its shell.

Gifts from Nature

Metalsmith Elizabeth Goluch designs exquisite, larger-than life metal sculptures of insects and other objects from nature. Gold, silver, enamel and gemstones are all incorporated in the construction, with obvious rivets and articulated body parts, The life-like details show the artist’s love of the natural world.

Some are fashioned into jewelry, such as brooches and rings, but most are standalone sculptures that conceal a tiny treasure within.

“Ladybug, ladybug fly away home,

Your house is on fire and your children are gone,

All except one, And her name is Ann,

And she hid under the frying pan.”

Metal ladybug by Elizabeth Goluch

For example, a beautiful 5.5-inch long creation opens up to reveal a miniature gold house – which itself opens up to show a ladybug and a doll-sized frying pan:

Fine Metal Art

Nicholas Yust, a fine metal artist, specializes in unique handmade original and signature series metal sculptures in an ultra-modern style for home and office interiors. His offerings include wall hangings and free standing sculptures in panels and geometric shapes.

fine metal art by Nicholas Yust

Yust uses steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and bronze, with both natural metal finishes and vibrant painted finishes.

The artist hand-selects the alloys for his creations to ensure environmental friendliness, as well as durability for indoor and outdoor placement. He adds signature decorative grind patterns to each individual piece, to utilize the reflection of light within the setting.

 


7 Amazing Things Made from Bronze

Like brass, bronze is an alloy primarily made of copper. But where brass combines copper with zinc, bronze is made of copper and tin, often mixed with small amounts of other metals and non-metallic elements, such as lead and silicon.

By combining soft copper with brittle tin, the result is an alloy with improved strength and hardness. Bronze is also mon-magnetic, corrosion resistant, and exhibits good thermal and electrical conductivity.

Bronze is sold in the form of tubes & rods, ingots or sheet. Two main types of bronze sheet – silicon bronze sheet and bearing bronze sheet – can be found in a variety of industrial applications. Silicon bronze sheet is relatively easy to machine, while working bearing bronze sheet requires more fabrication expertise.

Silicon bronze (C65500) is a low-lead brass alloy that is generally composed of 96% copper, along with silicon and possibly small amounts of manganese, tin, iron, or zinc. It is known for its easy pouring ability and attractive surface finish, as well as a superior corrosion resistant makeup, even when submerged in liquids including salt water, fresh water, most acids and organic chemicals.

Bearing bronze (C93200) also offers high corrosion resistance, as well as excellent wear resistance and high hardness. As the name suggests, bearing bronze sheet is most often used for bearings, bushings, and similar applications.

The many beneficial characteristics of bronze make it useful for a wide range of applications, including:

Springs – Phosphor bronze precision-grade wire is used to form compression springs and electrical contacts. Its corrosion resistance, high strength, and low coefficient of friction, make it a popular substitute for costlier alloys, such as beryllium copper.

Marine architecture – With its high corrosion resistance, high strength, and natural lubricity, bronze is ideal for use in saltwater and freshwater applications, such as engine parts, pumps, propellers, and ship’s bells.

Industrial castings – Bronze is relatively easy to machine and pour for castings and results in components, such as pumps and valve stems, which can withstand high wear and abrasion. Silicon bronze also has self-lubricating qualities which make it ideal for bearings and bushings in a wide range of applications, including small electric motors and automobile transmissions.

Sculpture – Bronze has been used to make beautiful works of art in many cultures for centuries. When silicon was introduced to the alloy mix in the 20th century, silicon bronze became the primary form used in sculpture.

Musical instrument strings – Bronze wound strings are used for acoustic guitars, pianos, and traditional instruments like the sitar. Bronze windings around steel or nylon cores provide a much warmer sound than other metals, especially for lower notes.

Safety tools – Steel tools such as hammers, mallets and wrenches, can cause unsafe sparks when used near flammable or explosive gases and vapors. Bronze is non-magnetic and spark-free, making it a much safer choice for preventing arc flash in hazmat areas.

Bronze wool – As a substitute for steel wool, bronze wool is used to polish and sand wood and metal surfaces. Because it resists corrosion and doesn’t shed like steel wool – leaving particles that could cause electrical shorts – bronze wool is ideal for industrial, construction, and marine applications and won’t leave stains on wood.  
Questions? Industrial Metal Supply stocks a variety of silicon bronze and bearing bronze materials. We stock bronze in all forms: