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From: Robert Bastow <>
Newsgroups: rec.crafts.metalworking
Subject: Re: Spring Steel
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 07:16:37 GMT

Try an industrial supplier..ask for blued steel shimm stock,

You don't spec a size, but this is usually available in narrow strip or
wider..6" stock.

To cut without burring it, make yourself a scriber out of an old HSS hacksaw
blade.  Sharpen it to a hook cutter, that cutts on the pull stroke.  Use a steel
straight edge, clamped down, score the sheet  (both sides if necessary) and
break it upwards against the straight edge. You might have to wiggle it a couple
of times..but any burr will come off with acouple of rubs with an oil stone.

It will at least stay flat!!


Andrew Roberts wrote:
> Im after some 0.2mm spring steel to make a set of reed valves.
> I have had to try and track some down because I haven't been able to find the
> right style reed vavles I am after.
> Is this steel readily availble and how is is it to work with?
> I was thinking that if you could use tin snips to cut it with, the steel would
> warp and twist to much for them to seal right.

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