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I'm in the process of making a designer shelf and one of the components is stainless steel. I need a piece of channel approx 2 inch by 2 inch. This is then going to be slotted with 4 slots and some stainless angle welded on the inside to be able to hold some perspex shelves.

I know a guy from work that can do the machining and welding and he is really good at it as he welds all the stainless pipe work at work.

He suggested getting a normal piece of stainless channel and then taking it to a place in Blackburn after it has been welded to get a brushed stainless steel finish put on it. I was wondering if this is done with special equipment or can I buy a brush for my grinder that will give the same effect?


I have attached a picture of the original shelf that I am goint to copy using stainless channel and perspex.
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I'd fold it from a piece of brushed sheet, (often called dp1/dp2- dull polish 1 side of 2 sides.
If it were folded, from sheet, you can get the slots punched then fold it.


2x2" channel isnt a particularly common thing.

The finish is usually done with a series of wide linishing belts, on a machine, a 'grindmaster' is one sort.

If you have a belt sander and a good hand, you should be able to do a small project like that without any hassle. Another way is to use a drum sander, as long as its got a rubber bobbin for a little flexibility.

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Thanks Hitch :thumbright:

I keep thinking that it would be much easier to make out of wood and paint it lol

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Like anything UHM, if you got the right tools for the job :thumbright:

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it was years and years ago, but I'm sure when i was an apprentice, i had to 'brush' some SS (surgical grade) with wire wool. Mabye you could try it on a sheet of SS, and see how it looks?


although these parts destination was down a coal mine :lol:


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Any abrasive that is coarse enough will give the effect, a power sander is fastest as you can guess :lol:

A coarse scothbrite will also work, either a wheel or a pad.

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remind me..........

we always used surgical steel, the most expensive for parts in mining equipment. There was a code of some sort so you knew which was which. What are the codes, and a colour painted on the edge of the sheets.


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Theres an unreal amount of different grades for specific jobs.

A couple of the more common ones,

304, (18/8) General purpose, saucepans, tubing, decorative, screws...

316, Medical, marine enviroment, food industry...

321, contains titanium, one of the more heat resistant grades, used for flues, burners etc.

430, trims and domestic appliances, a ferritic grade, so it forms easily.

Then you get the Low carbon variants.... eg 316L
Then you get the High carbon versins.... eg 316H
Then you get the 316Ti, but i cant remember the use of that one :lol:

As for colour codings, iirc, red is 316, green 304.
2B Sheets have the grade/heat no printed on.

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well, it was a long time ago :lol:

316 must have been the one


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Which route did you go Chez?

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every year a certain amount of steel is salvaged from the wrecks in Scapa Flow off Orkney for use in surgical steel as the boats were scuttled before any nuclear testing & are therefore, to all intents & purposes, contamination free

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After making enquiries I am going to use some 3*3 timber :shock:

I priced up a piece of stainless box, which would need machining and welding and then it would need polishing and so it worked out very expensive. I also wanted it so that ordinary people could make one easily at home and so I am going to use 3*3 timber for the central support.

I'll cut a few slots in it for the shelves and skew nail them from behind. I'm going to rebate out on the back so that I can hide the stainless steel angle brackets that I have already.

Angie is going to leaf the timber afterwards with some metal leaf, either Aluminium/silver or gold leaf.

I'm mowed out at the minute though. Just fitted a bathroom basin and waterfall tap in the ensuite and it is leaking and so it needs to go back to Hong Kong :cb

Today I have made a Rabbit run and tomorrow I am demolishing my mum's backy yard wall and sheds and then re-building the wall on Tues/wed.

Hopefully I will get some projects done this week, before I am back at work next Monday :wink:

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well, all that advice, and you use wood :shock:

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Stainless is dear old stuff at the moment.

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Better to get in touch with a fabricators and fold 1mm sheet, I always enjoyed playing with bits of SS on the radial arm, stick a bit of broom handle in a chuck and do the swirly patterns, always looks nice.

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