mmthomas Posted March 11, 2010 Share Posted March 11, 2010 Hello again. Beginning smith me here again to assail you with questions. I'm still setting up my forge tools at home, but getting very close to doing real work, now. I have found a source of scrap steel for practicing and possibly for later actual making of neat stuffs. Anyway, I picked through a variety of bits and pieces which I was told are mild steel. Some of it is "like a 50" and others "like a 36." I probably should have asked for elaboration at the time, but I was too busy drooling over steels scraps. As a beginner, I don't know much about steel types and am wondering if someone can tell me what 50 and 36 mean? Most of this scrap was from construction steel if that helps. I also got a broken punch and some other odd bits that I will post photos of later to ask ideas what I might do with them. I may be able to get more broken punches in the future as well as old saw blades. Are those useful things that I want to have? Basically, I can pick through all the scrap if I want and/or have them set aside certain scrap bits if I want, but I don't know what's the gold and what is the dross. Perhaps I should mention that I could also pick up roughly 12" x 1/2" circles of mild steel and odd things like "old train wheel" if any of that sounds useful. Is any steel I can grab useful? Or should I only be trying to get stuff that is kind of normal-stock shaped? Thanks, Matt Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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