Source for practice plates

AllenClapp

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Earlier today, I saw a request for a source for ordering practice plates, but I cannot find it now. If you go to www.SendCutSend.com, you can upload your own part drawing or use their PART BUILDER program. You can pick your metal and pick a shape style. It will tend to come up with a default set of rounded corners, but you can increase the radius or reduce it to zero as desired. They are relatively inexpensive and an especially good source for odd-shaped plates at a reasonable price.
 

tdelewis

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I get my practice plates at tractor Supply or hardware stores. I buy the 2 or 3 inch wide stuff. I sand it on my belt sander up to 240 grit then finish with 320 by hand. Then I cut the length I need on my band saw.
 

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scrap yards can be an xcelent source of manny practice metals of all specie one would want to practice on. cheap too
 

jsaville

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Earlier today, I saw a request for a source for ordering practice plates, but I cannot find it now. If you go to www.SendCutSend.com, you can upload your own part drawing or use their PART BUILDER program. You can pick your metal and pick a shape style. It will tend to come up with a default set of rounded corners, but you can increase the radius or reduce it to zero as desired. They are relatively inexpensive and an especially good source for odd-shaped plates at a reasonable price.
I visited Lowes Plumbing Department to practice engraving a gun barrel. I used a 6 inch Pipe nipple after a bit of sanding on the surface.
 

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