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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.

These 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 Numbers eblastCombine 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.


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DIY Metal Wall Clock

Looking for a fun DIY project creating a large metal wall clock? This project doubles as wall art, and depending on the way it’s designed, would fit perfectly into a rustic farmhouse, eclectic, modern, or industrial chic décor. Thirty inches in diameter is a good size for filling a large block of space, such as a brick or stone fireplace chimney.

How to Make a Clock From Metal

There are a few different ways to create a DIY clock from metal. The simplest method might start with a large square of stainless steel sheet cut to size and sanded or beveled to smooth out any sharp edges. You could choose a shiny, mirrored finish or a perforated or textured sheet.

Then, using a straight edge, draw a straight line from corner to corner, crossing in the middle, to find the exact center of the piece (don’t remove any protective backing until the project is completed). Drill a hole in the center to fit the clock mechanism and securely attach the spindle through the hole, using washers if needed to make a snug fit. Fix the hands to the front of the clock shaft and Voila! A DIY metal clock.

Other Methods For Making Your Own Clock

If you’re lucky enough to find a large old electric radiator/fan, you can re-use the metal circular frame for a clock. You might be able to find a set of metal clock numbers at a craft store. Or, to create Roman numerals, weld short sections of ¼-in. mild steel rods between the inner and outer loops of the fan.

If you don’t have a frame, try bending ¼-inch steel rod welded to several metal tabs that can be screwed down to a round plywood template the same size as the clock. Create a housing for the battery mechanism with a short length of metal pipe covered with a round of sheet metal. Make an inner ring about 4 inches smaller that the outer circle, and use four 1/8-in. rods in a cross shape to connect the rings and the battery housing in the center.

Weld the short rods between the inner and outer rings in the shape of the Roman numeral symbols from 1 to 12. Before the final weld, make sure the center of each symbol is exactly positioned at even intervals around the circles.

You may wish to paint the metal or add a patina to the clock frame before installing the hands and movement mechanism. Hang it on the wall, and enjoy!

Industrial Metal Supply is your source for all DIY metal, patinas, welding equipment, and supplies. Visit us online or at one of our six locations.


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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.


How-To Video Building a DIY Travel Trailer – The Frame

Our friend and master DIY’er Joe Mooney of Homesteadonmics is back at it again! This time he’s working on a Travel Trailer build, currently welding the frame together to create the basic shell. This will end up somewhere at the crossroads of a Teardrop Trailer & a full size Camp Trailer. Stay tuned as his project transforms from this base frame into a full fledged aluminum clad roadworthy companion!

From the Forney welder to the steel & aluminum, down to welding tabs, our six stores have everything you need to make one of your own!

About The Project – By Joe Mooney:

Building the base frame of this DIY Travel Trailer project started about two years ago when I was asked if I wanted an old axle from a Travel Trailer that was getting a larger axle installed.   Being an opportunistic user of what some would call junk… I said YES!  And that was the start of a rather long developed build that is now becoming a travel trailer!

After getting the axle, I figured I’d build a simple ‘angle iron’ utility trailer frame that I could pull with my 2006 Jetta TDI.  And maybe add some sort of lightweight teardrop style camper later on.  Well, as time passed, so did the Jetta with it’s 300k miles.  And the trailer sat just collecting dust and rust until I figured what the new plan would be.  And so the Travel Trailer plan developed.

Extending the Base frame…

The first step was to lengthen and widen the trailer from the angle iron utility frame that I originally built.  This definitely isn’t the ideal start to a travel trailer, incorporating different profiles and steel thicknesses, but it’s what I had to use.  I made all of the extensions with 2×3 14ga tubing coming off of the original 2×3 3/16th angle frame.  Each of the extensions off the sides and the back was also supported by the original frame angle that was positioned horizontally and had been left slightly wider than the original frame.  This keeps the new sides from ‘pulling’ outwards on the original frame.

As a matter of dimension the original frame started at roughly 5.5’W x10.5’L and with the new additions sits now at 7’ wide and is 13’ long for the foot print (lengths do not include tongue)

Building the upper frame…

The upper frame is constructed of 1×1.5” 16ga steel tubing for the sides and roof and 1×1” 16ga tubing for the front and back walls.

Starting the upper frame began with laying out a basic roof outline on the base frame, using it as a template, and then welding four wall posts up from the roof assembly.  Once this was done I then dragged it off of the trailer base frame and then flipped it over and set it back on the trailer base frame and tacked it into place.  Boom!  Walls and a roof started!  Once these were in place I then welded vertical ‘studs’ to infill the side walls and roof.

Next I added the back wall and connected it to the base frame at a 45 degree inward slope to give a clearance section for the back of the trailer.    The next big step was adding the front wall and then bending the front ‘radius’ sections.  This was accomplished in the old school method of a torch and an old water tank we used as a form.  Once those bent sections were in  tacked in place I then in filled horizontal pieces and went about framing a doorway and adding metal tabs to provide mounting points for window frames and interior wood framework.

So that’s about it for the general frame build.  The next steps are to prep for paint and adding all the window frames and other support members prior to adding the aluminum ‘skin’ to the outer shell.  This is currently underway and will be in the part 2 video of this series!    Thanks for watching and stay tuned for more on this build!


VIDEO: How To Build Your Own Welding Table

Our friend Joe Mooney of Homesteadonomics building a Welding Table / Multifunctional workbench for his shipping container shop. He plans on using this welding table/workbench for more than just welding so there’s added functionality. It will likely be a multipurpose workbench for many of his projects and will help out a lot for the next few shipping container shop additions!

We (Industrial Metal Supply Co.) partnered with Joe on this How-To DIY project by supplying some of the steel for this build! Shop our inventory, check our store locations or get quotes online here.