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Old 13 May 2009, 01:43   #1
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Lifebuoy Bracket Fabrication

I've been looking around the local tin-bashers trying to find someone intersted in making me a couple of real simple lifebuoy brackets. Unless I'm after a batch run of 500+, not much joy locally at an economic price.

All the Chandlery off the shelf stuff doesn't work for what I want or is crap.

Anyone into making a two-off?

It's a simple job - for which I don't have the metal folder.

From a 300x95mm 316ss blank, I need three (small radius) folds, two at 90 degrees, one at 135 degrees...and...that's it! Horseshoe lifebuoys don't weigh much so 2mm thickness give or take should more than do it. Tolerances are not tight

Any takers?

Sketch on request.
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Old 13 May 2009, 01:51   #2
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Aren't there any sheet metal fabricators near you? Air duct guys? Custom auto shops?

Take the metal and a six-pack in (might want to make it a case), and you should be on your way in about 10 minutes.

jky

P.S. Might also try the local high school or lower class college (we call them Community Colleges; don't know what you have there): most have some sort of metal shop for trade classes.
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Old 13 May 2009, 02:16   #3
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Aren't there any sheet metal fabricators near you? Air duct guys? Custom auto shops?
They'll do it, yep, but one-offs are expensive and they don't normally stock 316ss so it has to be bought in and it only comes by the wagon load and blah blah blah...
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stainless fabrication

Hi
Ive just had a load of stainless done by a company called fabtech in waterlooville nr portsmouth did a fantastic job and good to deal with. speak to either shaun or pete on 02392 268001
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They'll do it, yep, but one-offs are expensive and they don't normally stock 316ss so it has to be bought in and it only comes by the wagon load and blah blah blah...
Try a company that does lagging, might be calling themselves "thermal engineers" now, they should have some stainless off cuts that they could bend for you.
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Sorted now. Thanks for all the input
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