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Re: Because I am cheap!
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Because I am cheap! ()

Leo Cuellar
Hi Tom,

Many will disagree, but, if you really want to make the skew, a truck leaf spring isn't too bad a choice for the raw material, the thicker the better, in the 3/8th to 1/2" range. You would be best off if you have access to a plasma cutter for cutting the blank as doing it with an angle grinder can take a while. You will also need access to a forge or large oxy/acetylene torch to take the curve out of the steel, and re-temper. If your nephew is good with a torch, he could cut the blank out with that. You might want to cut some extra blanks in various shapes to make some scrapers if you don't have any. I've also used the leaf spring steel to make a few tool rests as well. It can be a lot of work, but, also kind of fun.

Happy New Year!
Leo

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