Ok first... i wasnt really sure where to post this but Science topic seemed the closes so i need to know whats the strongest metal(s) but still can be bent.. shaped, and cut, im trying to make 4 blades equal in length and height maybe 1foot tall each but could also be made to have room towards the middle to add some kind of gears or something to make it 'bend' back and forth (i'll attach a picture to give an idea what i mean) also, how much would it cost?

Posted by saiyankev 6 years ago

metal challenge

Will there be another metal  challenge?

Posted by coolbeansbaby68 6 years ago

Metal Grinder that i can use

I need a metal grinder so that i can make my survival knife for my instructable.

Posted by reconchief 7 years ago

Where to buy a used metal lathe

I am looking for a used table top metal lathe (old or new) for around $200.I would also like to manual inspect it for dammage.Anyone know where I can find one?

Posted by Sedgewick17 10 years ago


 I was wondering if there will be another  metal challenge ? I missed the last one ...

Posted by coolbeansbaby68 6 years ago

How to identify a metal ?

Hi ! Into a terrain near a very old volcano and a river, my brother found fragments of obsidian of various sizes and colors. Some of them are "glued" to metallic stones, and some others contain marbles of metals ... He also found a heavy metallic rocks (encrusted with obsidian) who reacts with magnet, and an other light one (without obsidian) who does not react with magnet. Do you know a mean to identify those metals ? (I Googled but found nothing very useful so far) Or do you have a clue of what it could be ? #1 is a metallic rock encrusted with obsidian. It must be iron because it's heavy, the rust is red, and it reacts to magnet. #2 and #3 is obsidian with marble of metal who reacts to magnet. #4 is an unknown (metallic ?) rock. It is light (150 grams for 200 cm3 - 0.33 pounds for 12 cubic inches), of the color of silicon (or the graphite of paper pen !), does not react to magnet but is (electric) conductor with resistance near 0 ohm.

Posted by chooseausername 10 years ago

Covering a workbench in metal

I am attempting to put a metal top on part of a wood work bench to make it more resilient.  I am planning on getting into electronics and want to make it less likely to burn . \ Any ideas on what I should use? at the moment I am thinking sheet metal, but I am worrying about toxicity ect. Maybe that is OCD but hell I am so haha. 

Posted by mbeaulieu 6 years ago

Metal detectors.

Ok so I want to get a metal detector. But i don't want to spend a fortune but don't want to spend $10 for a stinky one. I'm looking for one for around $50. I just want to look around my yard,and see if theres anything interesting (once i found a little diamond or some kind of rock).

Posted by Easy Button 10 years ago

Joining two small pieces of metal with a metal cylinder tube

Hi, this is my first post, I hope that someone will be able to help me :) I am trying to join two motors normally found in alarm clocks, I wish to join them with a metal cylinder with about a cm bigger diameter than antenna's found on radios. How would I go about joining each motor to each end, I cannot get welding and don't know if it would apply even to such small electronics, soldering seems impossible as it won't join, any advice is much appreciated, thanks P.S The end product would look like the base of a RC car, but without the wheels thanks.

Posted by thewhiz012 6 years ago

What would you do with a ton of very rusty metal?

My place of work backs onto the beach in Portsmouth harbour (UK) - the shore is littered with many pieces of very rusty metal - mostly big bolts, rods, nuts, huge washers etc - from the engineering works that used to be here, but there are also bits of old hardware that look like they came from some of the derelict barges that lie rotting in the estuary mud.It's all in pieces small enough to pick up, and there's a ton of it. Some is so rusty that it's all rust, but most is merely heavily corroded/encrusted.There's got to be something interesting that can be done with all this material, but... what?

Posted by Atomic Shrimp 10 years ago

homemade wireless controled pop up targets

I have shooting a range and i dont want to spend the money one buying a pop-up target system so is there anyway to combine computer circuits with metal to create pop-up targets  

Posted by mr.militarymaster 5 years ago

Group for metalheads and headbangers!

Read the title, and go to

Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago


Can anyone tell me how to extract platinum from catalyc converters? (pardon my spelling)

Posted by Pumpkin$ 10 years ago

easiest metal to work with

Can any one tell me which hollow meal rods are easiest to work with? I am thinking about building a hammock frame that will support at least 170-200 lbs. ( i weigh 160 but it never hurts to hold more). I wouldn't necessarily need to bend the metal rods but they should be relatively easy to cut. I want to stay away from hard wood and copper if possible. At first i was thinking about using pvc but i don't know how much it can hold. I only have hand tools and a power drill. Please feel free to post any suggestions. If you have a better way to build a hammock frame please post it here. If i figure it out ill post an instructable. I uploaded the top view and side view of my design. it was drawn in paint for brain storm so its not very detailed

Posted by srikar06 10 years ago

Who else think its stupid that the big four of thrash metal didnt come to america first?

I just think its kind of stupid that they are 4 AMERICAN bands, and they go to europe first!!!! I just hope that they are in america by, say, summer of 2011? Just wanna know who else is crossing their fingers for an american tour.

Posted by Slaytanic35 7 years ago

needs idea for crafts

 I have a few hundred 2009 rabies tags ( i work for a vet) they are blue and flower shape, I am using the rings for another project but If anyone has suggestions I rather do something with them than recycle. I hope this is posted in the right place, this is my first post

Posted by phoebeiola 8 years ago

Erector sets seemed to be played out?

When I'm surfing the instructables of past times, i come across a plentiful bounty of k-nex and wonder, hmm, does anyone play with erector sets anymore, or is it because the surgeon general warns us of anything and everything, that might give you cancer in the state of california... erector sets are still one of the coolest building materials evar!

Posted by bumpus 10 years ago

Printing on Bottlecaps?

I'm doing some small scale brewing, and I want to rig up some custom labels & caps for a real professional presentation. Labels are easy enough, but caps are throwing a few spanners into the works... Does anyone have any ideas on how to print them? Here are my current ideas:Toner Transfer - use a custom template and rig to hold multiple caps, then use an iron modified into a solder-press-like device to transfer. removing the paper cleanly could be difficult, and the results are unpredictableSilk Screening - build a similar rig to hold caps in place, and screen them. i don't know much about creating screens, and longevity, but it's probably too complex/expensive for small batches.Custom Stamp - use a rubber or pre-inked stamp to impress the design. simple, but expensive for multiple designs. i don't know how well the ink for pre-inked stamps will bond to metal, and I don't know what ink to use for a rubber stamp.Any thoughts are welcome.

Posted by gschoppe 10 years ago

Fear of sleeping near metal

I'm very afraid of sleeping near metal of any kind, shape or form, and I need to get rid of this phobia fast. Anyone got any ideas?

Posted by Camisado 8 years ago

Small Metal Gears

I'm looking for small metal gears for a project of mine, I don't have the money to pay them to ship to me but perhaps we can make some sort of deal or trade?

Posted by VyreRain 5 years ago

3D Printing - Metal

Is it true that there are 3d printers that print in metal? If so what kind of 3D Printer is this and about how much do they cost? Oh also how exactly does that work when 3D Printing is supposed to be additive manufacturing and metal isnt a liquid or even flexible at solid states?

Posted by acadena2 5 years ago

giant metal structure

It's getting warmer where I live (that's global warming for ya) and I wanted to start testing my free energy instructable again. Does anybody know or have any good ideas for a non grounded big metal object or way to make one?

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago

What is this?

Please help me identify this small, unknown metal object.

Posted by byant 4 years ago

WANTED: Metal/Wood Shop in NE Ohio

I am looking for a metal/wood shop in North East OHIO that me and my dad can use.

Posted by Clayton H. 9 years ago

Are you up to the Full Metal Challenge?

I just made a wooden key ring, but I think it would be much better in metal. Are you up to making one? If you post a picture, here's a full year's Pro membership up for grabs. Have a look at step 4.

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago

What glue should I use?

If I want to glue plastic to metal how would I do this? I tried hot glue and it comes right off the metal. I would want a tight seal.

Posted by AlfredoSG 8 years ago

light gauge metal bending machine

Well I have searched now for 2 days or so here and on the net for something like this. Does anyone have link to a plan ? free or otherwise ? Thanks Quadranut President of the TNITK Association

Posted by Quadranut 10 years ago

Making a plate which detects contact with metal

Hello, I'm trying to make a 6" x 6" plate which can detect when a needle comes into contact with it.  The plate can be made out of whatever ( preferably an easy to obtain material like a metal sheet) and have any electrical components necessary attached to it but the needle can't have any attached wires etc.  Any thoughts?

Posted by kmforest 1 year ago

Laser cut sheet metal

I just got a couple designs back form the laser cutters. This is 12 gage sheet metal cut with a 2400 watt laser. Pretty cool right? It’s amazing the kind of edge it can leave behind. Just wanted to share with everyone. This is part of my ambition for putting together project kits, which help you create items from metal. Soon I’ll have a kickstarter campaign going to help launch 13 kits. These particular designs are based off of the salamander pendant and Excalibur letter opener.

Posted by Mrballeng 5 years ago

metal laptop

Just finished "Idoru" by william gibson.The main character has a laptop with a cast aluminium case made from reclaimed soda canswirh semi precious stones as switches and buttons and reclaimed ivory keys. I suppuse its possible to do, but difficult... but wouldnt it be deadly? Anyone ever tried that?

Posted by maninamousesuit 10 years ago

Metal Contest - Thank you Instructables and Lincoln Electric

Here's a great big THANK YOU to Instructables and Lincoln Electric. I just received my prize pack for the Metal Contest. I love it! The whole package is fantastic, but I can't stop playing with the Mini Multi Angle magnetic clamp. Can someone please tell me how it works? How can I just switch a magnet on and off? I'm intrigued.

Posted by cammers 3 years ago

Metal Gear Solid: Big Boss Costume

Hey all i was wondering if anyone can help me in constructing the Big Boss costume im planning to take it to a convention :P also what type of hairstyle does he have? i cant tell xD ty all who help

Posted by Yosaime 10 years ago

I,once, viewed a project making a desk/work,station out of metal shelving, such as could be found in awarehouse. I downloaded it, but, seem to have lost it.

I want to built the project I downloaded ,but, lost. It used metallic shelving. It was perfect for my space. I have looked long and hard ,  but do not find it. Any help is appreciated. Will

Posted by Hagomahr1 3 years ago

Can anyone identify these?

I'm curious what these might be.  I recently found them in my attic, 5-6 feet long, matching set of mirrored panels.  Seem more decorative than functional, very thin metal, and one of them has rusted clear through on one side.

Posted by yokozuna 6 years ago

Gluing and weatherproofing fabric on painted metal?

I'm getting a cargo trike soon that I'm going to heavily customize (picture of model linked, but mine is new) Thing is, I don't want the usual spray job on the cargo trunk that I'm going to do on the rest of my trike. I want prints on the outer cargo trunk, and I was wondering if it is feasible to spray adhesive some fabric on, and then clear coat it a few times? I'm wondering if anybody know if the fabric would stay on and if it'd be weatherproof? (I'm from the tropics so it's rain, shine, mud and humidity) Also, do I have to prepare the metal beforehand? Scuffing etc Thanks in advance for helping out~

Posted by maruneko 8 years ago

Aging/antiquing black metal

This is kind of an odd one. I'm using a firearm for a movie firing blanks. Currently, it looks like this. I'd like it to look like this, mainly so that the camera can pick it up better, as a solid black finish won't register as well, and all the tiny inperfections will make it look more interesting. It's the exact same gun, but some come "reliced" and others don't. I got a good deal on one that wasn't. I don't want to mess it up too bad, no big pitting or scratch spots, just rough the finish up a bit. Any ideas?

Posted by mr_goodbomb 8 years ago

Old Fashioned Key

I was thinking the other day about how I could make all of the gothy underclassmen even more jealous of me and my accessories, when I came up with the idea of having a giant, ornate key as my keyring. Kinda like in the secret garden, or some other old fantasy type movie/book. I couldn't find any starting points at the craft store, but I was thinking it could probably be made from wood, metal, or some type of sculpting medium. SInce it'll be a key ring and flopping around with keys in my purse, it will be rather vulnerable to dings and chips. Any ideas?

Posted by makaalohilohi 9 years ago

This looks nice...but it costs so much!

Http:// its the best thing I've found so far (as my little broz christmas gift) but it costs $90! Can we  make something clever like  this at home?

Posted by WhyHello 7 years ago

epoxy gone wrong! can i start over?

I was working on a belt buckle with colored epoxy, but i screwed up mixing in the hardener. so it's still wet in some places and then it hardened real ugly in others. is there anything i can do about it or should i start over?

Posted by yokotei 10 years ago

Metal T-Frame Basics

Hi there, I'm new here and pretty much to DIY in general (except for general repairs) - I'm planning to build a glass dry-wipe board with a simple aluminium T-Frame and need a bit of basic advice. Not knowing the lingo of the trade, its been very hard to find suppliers/information and my research seems to have gone as far as it will ever get, so I figured it was time to ask for some help. I've managed to find a supplier who stocks 25mm square al tubing and was wondering about the best way to construct the frame. My design for the frame is extremely simple - it's just a t-frame with a single crossbar which will run below the pane of glass. I have access to a reasonably well equiped workshop, but unfortunately no welding gear (I hear that al is difficult to weld anyway) which isn't too much of a problem as I would like to be able to deconstruct the frame. I would appreciate any tips which may be useful to a newbie, but mainly I need to know how to fix the al bars at right angles in a non-permanent manner. The desk which I'm sitting at right now has some sort of threaded inserts at the end of each crossbar, allowing it to be bolted a right angles to the frame. I tried googling these inserts, but couldn't find anything which seemed relevant. If anyone could point me in the direction of these inserts or provide an alternative solution, it would be very much appreciated. Thank you

Posted by CorruptioN 9 years ago

Instructable Request - Commercial foil/wrap hanger

I would like something like this for my kitchen at home.∣=A2OXZP811GUDWF&tag;=dealtmp3666-20&linkCode;=asn&creative;=395105&creativeASIN;=B0000YOM6O I did a search of the site and I was unable to find something like it. I would rather not pay $166 for something that could likely be made at home with little effort. I would settle for a hack of a different product. My goal really is to get the foil off the counter. I know I would be able to reuse the cutter that's on the box. past that  I'm at a loss

Posted by blue_drgn 7 years ago

Metal on Metal Glue

Is there such a thing? What's it called?

Posted by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago

Death metal Anyone? Metal?

So, i happen to listen to alot of metal and death metal. Anyone here appreciate the genre?

Posted by cry_wolf 10 years ago

Metal Triangle project ideas

I happen to have 106 aluminium right-angle triangles. They measure: 15x20x25mm Any great ideas?

Posted by sdfgeoff 5 years ago

which is the best metal rod-flat metal bender-shaper from HF or other source

Hi, i have been looking at the rod/metal benders at harbor freight.  I just want something that i can use to bend small pipes and rods i scrap from thrown out lamps, scanners, printers, I want to be able to make hooks and anything that i need. able to bend flat  pieces of  metal would also be handy. HF has a couple 25% off sales, and i would like to pick one up that also wasn't to big, Are they any decent one out there for around $100? 

Posted by escapefromyonkers 4 years ago

Casting a REALLY complex HOLLOW shape with metal!?

Exactly like casting a 3D print out of metal; I have a airsoft upper receiver which I want to cast out of aluminium cheaply. Made of polymer and quite complex.

Posted by Digital Flame 3 years ago

What to do with metal tin?

So theres this broken (battery dead) executive calculator thing lying around my house. I'm not really interested in the calculator.(Anything worth salvaging?) But it was held in a nice thin silver metal box. Measurements are.. Length 9 cm Width 6 cm Depth 0.9 cm As you can see from images there is a hole where the battery would have been changed from on one side of the box. Can anyone think of anything fun I could do with this?

Posted by Turbo427 8 years ago

Best dark metal for solar absorbance.

What's the best metal for absorbing sunlight? ie, darkest. It needs to be immersed in ethanol, which will dissolve pretty much any paint etc. I've tried steel with some kind of enamel or anodised layer, but the eths started eating that too. Also whatever it was seemed to reduce the heat getting into the ethanol. And are there ways of making metal darker, chemically or through heating? I've been recommended getting something rusty and using a rust converter, which turns the oxidised layer into a phosphate, which is dark and might work well. Also.. are there other characteristics I should be paying attention to in order to maximise the amount of heat transferred to the fluid, like conductivity, emissivity, etc? Cheers.

Posted by SolarFlower_org 9 years ago

What can be made from the hard metal tiles?

 I was given these metal tiles after a store closed down that my friend owned.  Apparently, they are some sort of metal tile that go with a floor security sensor set-up.   Each tile is 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 1/4".  They are quite heavy as well.  I have approx. 300 of these tiles and was hoping to create something out of them, either individually or in small groups.  I think using too many of them on one item will simply make it too heavy.   So what do you think?  Has anyone came across these before or tried to work with them? Any and all ideas you may have would be greatly appreciated! P.S. I have a welder and can weld, although I'm not sure how it would turn out with these. 

Posted by Vicero 8 years ago

Metal Gear Solid Guns

I'm also looking for guns from one of the greatest games (at least to me), Metal Gear Solid. My top 5 requests are: 1. The SOCOM 2. The USP 3. The FAMAS 4. The Mauser C96 (The gun Eva uses in Snake Eater) 5. P90 (The gun Solidus Snake uses in Sons Of Liberty) Of course, all other guns from Metal Gear will also be appreciated as well, so if anybody who knows where I can find the instructable for any of these, or if anyone knows how to make it themselves (or is up to the challenge of trying to make them), please reply and tell me where to go (or what it will be called, if you need time to make it and put it up). I believe that it is possible to make at least 2 or 3 of these guns. Thanks to everyone that joins in the cause of making these guns, or at least telling me where to find the instructables for them, and happy building.

Posted by Knexfan 11 years ago