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Cheap/Free Fab Materials, Share Your Tips!

Postby REDONE » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:20 am

I'm starting this thread for us all to share where we get fabrication materials on the cheap.

Bed frames! Someone is almost always giving these away just to get rid of it, good source of angle iron.

Old appliances! My floor pans are made of stainless steel refrigerator doors. A note on fridges, if you take the whole thing, you have to pay to recycle the refrigerant parts.

Who else has a tip?
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Re: Cheap/Free Fab Materials, Share Your Tips!

Postby tedlovesjeeps71 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:40 am

This thread is perfectly timed and one of my favorite types. I'm a pretty well skilled scrounger and love ideas on this kinda stuff. It is part because I'm cheap and broke, but also because I hate seeing stuff go to waste.
I'm kinda laughing that you started this thread because I'm currently trying to get the Maintenance Chief to let me rummage through the reserve units dumpster. I saw a large (18"x18"x 5-6') aluminum BII box being thrown away. It's in decent shape and I could probably make something useful out of it. Trailer box or slide out drawer. Something. The military has a horrible habit of trashing very useful stuff.
I have used bed frames as well. The appliances could be useful depending on what you're making. Cleaning off the powder coat or paint may make it rather labor intensive but you can find em free a lot.



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Re: Cheap/Free Fab Materials, Share Your Tips!

Postby CherokeeOwner » Sun May 21, 2017 10:44 am

We bought bundled, washed, shredded tee shirts for rags from our uniform supply guy for cheap years ago. The uniform company never advertised it, we just asked if they had any cheap rags for sale.

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Re: Cheap/Free Fab Materials, Share Your Tips!

Postby cmaje72 » Mon May 22, 2017 6:23 am

My wife always gets mad at me for picking up old bed frames off the side of the road...but I made several things out of them for my latest cherokee project. We have some pretty dedicated scrappers in my area now...aggressive almost. Its hard to find anything useful before they pick it up.
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Re: Cheap/Free Fab Materials, Share Your Tips!

Postby tedlovesjeeps71 » Mon May 22, 2017 10:15 am

cmaje72 wrote:My wife always gets mad at me for picking up old bed frames off the side of the road...but I made several things out of them for my latest cherokee project. We have some pretty dedicated scrappers in my area now...aggressive almost. Its hard to find anything useful before they pick it up.


When I was stationed in Arlington Virginia I had great success, initially, with finding stuff from the free section of Craigslist. One day it all kinda dried up. I'd head by a "curb alert" that was posted a short time ago (like less than 2-3 hours) because they were tossing something I could use. By the time I'd get there, everything would be gone. Turns out there was a group, all Hispanic, who ran several "teams" of trucks/vans. As soon as someone posted a free on CL they would get directions and send whichever vehicle was closest. They covered a lot of ground and would take everything, sell it if they could, or just dump the non valuable stuff. I can't fault them for profiting on what people are throwing away but it did suck because everything I saw I believed I could use was never available.


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Re: Cheap/Free Fab Materials, Share Your Tips!

Postby Tatsadasayago » Mon May 22, 2017 12:41 pm

When I was working up in North Dakota I noticed the pipe supplier (CTAP out of Colorado) used Oak boards for dunnage under the pipes. The guys who unloaded the pipe from the freight cars would pile it all up and burn it. I loaded the 45' flatbed 4 feet high and trucked it over to our place in Montana one weekend.
My uncle grabbed some, planed it and built a beautiful lady's dressing table with it.
Free hardwood is always a good thing.
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Re: Cheap/Free Fab Materials, Share Your Tips!

Postby tedlovesjeeps71 » Mon May 22, 2017 1:44 pm

Tatsadasayago wrote:When I was working up in North Dakota I noticed the pipe supplier (CTAP out of Colorado) used Oak boards for dunnage under the pipes. The guys who unloaded the pipe from the freight cars would pile it all up and burn it. I loaded the 45' flatbed 4 feet high and trucked it over to our place in Montana one weekend.
My uncle grabbed some, planed it and built a beautiful lady's dressing table with it.
Free hardwood is always a good thing.


Too bad oak pallets are so much hassle to make workable.


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