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Looking for catchy steel drum music

I've found myself infatuated with the way steel drums sound, especially as an instrument in a pop / dance-pop context. What are some good catchy songs that use steel drums prominently? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jul 14, 2016 - 22 answers

It's 15°F this morning. Time for oatmeal!

Everyone on Game of Thrones was reminding me, winter is coming. Now it's here, it's bloody cold out, and I'll actually eat breakfast rather than just shooting down a glass of OJ. What are some of you're favorite recipes for steel cut oatmeal? I'm not a fan of groats, and the steamed or instant seem like paste. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Jan 18, 2016 - 30 answers

Hand drill meets thick steel plate

Suppose I have a 1" thick plate of A36 mild steel and I want a 1/2" diameter through-hole, but I can't use a drill press. Is it complete folly to consider using a hand drill? [more inside]
posted by Otto Franz Joseph Leopold von Soxen-Puppetten on Nov 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Machine shop me!

I have a small, simple menorah design that I would like to have fabricated: preferably machined, preferably out of steel. Where can I go, online or in real life, to get this done? I'm in New York.
posted by the_blizz on Aug 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Where can I get 4mm surgical stainless steel wire (online or in LA)?

I have a metalworker friend who's offered to make me stainless steel jewelry for a 6ga septum piercing in exchange for pizza and beer, as long as I can find him the raw materials he needs in the correct size. Unfortunately, I can't for the life of me seem to find 6 gauge (4mm) stainless steel rods/wire anywhere. There are a bunch of people selling jewelry online in this size...where are THEY getting it from?
posted by sirion on Apr 30, 2015 - 8 answers

How to calculate maximum weight before a length of box section bends

I have a length of steel box section, 80mm x 80mm, 3.6mm thick which is 4m in length. I want to put something onto it, in the centre that weighs 900kg. I want to know how to calculate whether this is possible but am unsure how to do it. I really want to know the maximum amount of weight I can put on before it breaks.
posted by aqueousdan on Feb 9, 2015 - 26 answers

Searching for signs... literally.

Every time I'm in Austin, I enjoy driving around and looking at the unique signage of various local businesses, signs which are often works of art in steel, paint and neon or bulbs. Las Vegas, of course, has the most epic signage (and even a graveyard for signs of deceased businesses), and I've been impressed with many of the googie-styled artifacts while visiting LA. On the contrary, every time I'm in my hometown, I'm saddened by the way the custom steel signs of the past have given way to illuminated plastic rectangles. What other cities have large numbers of amazing, steel-fashioned, illuminated signs?
posted by eschatfische on Dec 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Unmarked aluminum MTB handmade by master steel framer?

I've been looking for interesting vintage-ish hardtail mountain bike frames, and found an ad on Craigslist for an aluminum MTB purportedly built by Colin Laing. Laing is known as a master steelworker who traditionally built beautifully-lugged track and road bikes in England and Arizona, so my hackles have been raised. It would certainly be a unique bike were it built by him. Would you be so well-informed as to confirm or deny the plausibility that this is a Neat Bike? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 4, 2014 - 4 answers

How to coat a bone in stainless steel

Let's say you wanted to coat bones, on an industrial, mass production scale, in stainless steel, without damaging the bones underneath too much. [more inside]
posted by bswinburn on Aug 20, 2014 - 15 answers

The perfect black leather messenger bag for a geek with sensitive skin

So I found this black leather messenger bag, and it meets my needs in just about every way...but I'm wondering whether I can find a better one in this vein for a similar price. [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Sep 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Cleaning and seasoning a paella pan?

My wife got a paella pan at a yard sale! Sweet. She is totally looking forward to using it to make seafood-less paella because she's allergic. How can we prep the pan for this? [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on May 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Other oils to protect steel

I play an Array Mbira. The tines are made of spring steel. I have sweaty hands, so the tines tend to rust unless I coat them with oil. The folks who make the instrument recommend 3-In-One Oil, which is what I've been using. Does it contain anything toxic? Are there other oils I could use to protect the tines? [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Dec 28, 2012 - 7 answers

WTF, steel, I thought you were supposed to be stainless

I discolored a stainless steel pot lid. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by entropone on Nov 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Metal munching moon mice needed. - Help with cutting a light steel plate over concrete.

Efficient cutting of steel plate, backed with concrete-like material? Ideas? [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Sep 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me design a metal bracket

I want to know the minimum thickness for a steel bracket that attaches a table leg to a table top. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla on Aug 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Steel homes

What is the best company to contract for building a steel home? [more inside]
posted by candasartan on Jul 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Cold Hard Steel

Tell me about your favorite indie rock songs that have steel drums. [more inside]
posted by benbenson on Jul 15, 2012 - 21 answers

They Took The WD40!

This is quite possibly the weirdest question I'll ever ask here: what is the best food safe lubricant/cleaner to replace WD40 in an industrial environment. [more inside]
posted by strixus on Jun 10, 2012 - 11 answers

How does single-stream recycling actually work?

My community has recently switched over to a single-stream recycling system. That's cool, but what don't I know? [more inside]
posted by 7segment on May 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Goal: old Patsy Cline songs, off by heart

Lap steel lessons in the Ann Arbor area? [more inside]
posted by finnb on Sep 26, 2011 - 3 answers

How would you make steel on Mars?

In the absence of an abundance of easily burnable carbon-based fuels, how would you refine iron ore into iron or steel, and what byproducts would be released? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Sep 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Source for stainless steel bracelet 'plaques' or blanks?

Source for stainless steel bracelet 'plaques' or blanks? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Sep 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Is there a NICE credit-card multitool out there?

Is there such a thing as a really nice, possibly handmade, credit-card-sized multitool? Examples of what I'm NOT looking for below the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 - 9 answers

ID this mystery metal block?

Seen at a tag sale: A small steel block, maybe 4x2x2" with a bunch of identical size holes drilled through it in all three directions. Is this a tool or guide of some sort? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Jun 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Selling steel in nyc

I have 40 6' lengths of 1/2" steel rod. Is it possible to sell this in nyc and get money worth the hassle of transporting the rods?
posted by edbles on May 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me choose a plasma cutter

I want to make sculpture with repurposed sheet steel, say 10 to 20 gauge. Probably from old cars, which is on the thin end of that spectrum, but I'd like a little leeway. Tired of waiting for my friend's friend to loan me a plasma cutter, so I'm (gulp) shopping. Do I need the $1400 Powermax 30 or will I be satisfied with the RAMSOND CUT50DY on sale for $500? The guy at the shop I called recommended the $1400 Miller Spectrum 375 X-Treme, which is about when I realized I'm in over my head. What about the $800 Hobart Airforce 500534 250ci, which, unlike the others, includes a built in air compressor? I'm not rich, and this is not for heavy industrial use, but I'd very much like something that works and works well on 120v current. I may well be using this on the sidewalk in front of my apartment, so I'd like it to be relatively portable. Also I'd rather it didn't kill me or anyone else. Merci bien!
posted by jcrcarter on Mar 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Desperately need to find the pedal steel guitarists' prayer! Well, it's not really desperate, but would really like to.

Where can I find the pedal steel guitar player's prayer, an humorous, obscure poem only relevant to pedal steel guitarists? I am sure I've seen it on the web somewhere at some point in the not-too-distant past, but my google-fu has failed me.
posted by wsg on Oct 5, 2010 - 3 answers

Why aren't there more stainless steel toilets?

Is there a good reason that we use (in the U.S.) porcelain toilets almost exclusively instead of another material, particularly stainless steel? Stainless steel is lighter than porcelain, isn't it? So I would think it would be cheaper to ship and easier to clean, making it a no-brainer green solution.
posted by pmed on Oct 3, 2010 - 22 answers

How to make a Damascus Steel Style LARP sword?

LARPfilter - How to make a Damascus Steel style LARP sword [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque on Aug 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Deburring stainless parts- needs help!

Can anyone offer suggestions on how to extend / enhance performance of Silicon Carbide Convolute Wheels? I am using a pedestal grinder to deburr stainless steel parts we've manufactured. I am using Klingspor 8" hard wheels. We just put a new wheel on & it didn't take very long for the wheel to get out of round/ deformed. It becomes difficult to hold the part to deburr it- shaking/ wobbling. What am I doing wrong? How can I improve things?
posted by Mimidae on Jul 1, 2010 - 5 answers

finishes to steel plate

I have several projects (furniture, doors) using steel. Painting them does not interest me; I like rougher, more transparent finishes. In the past, I have used clear varnish to protect against rust. Am looking for new ideas. Wax? Has anyone tried grinding and finishing?
posted by ebesan on Jun 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Steel is strong, but flesh is stronger...

Could we make better swords today? [more inside]
posted by fatbird on May 7, 2010 - 21 answers


Why does stainless steel have such strange properties? [more inside]
posted by Skeptic on Mar 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Construction Strategies

What countries have building codes that deal with both earthquakes and hurricanes? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Not so stainless after all, Mr. "All-Clad"

I am the proud new owner of an All-Clad 12" skillet. It's awesome. However, after a week—and four uses or so—my new pan has greasy-looking spots in the cooking surface that won't come off even when I scrub pretty vigorously. What is this? Is there anything I can do about it? Is it even a problem?
posted by sonic meat machine on Mar 6, 2010 - 16 answers

Eject the core!

I'm looking to buy a silicon steel lamination core from a transformer. I frequently give presentations that discuss the design of these transformers and I'd like to have a sample to show the audience. Where can I buy this online? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Feb 25, 2010 - 7 answers

It's a giant erector set, or, a series of tubes

Giant erector set filter: I am looking for fittings used to join square tubular steel in various ways without welding, for purposes similar to a large erector set. This is for self-fabrication of a large solar panel mount. The pipes I am using are square in cross section measuring 4 inch x 4 inch or 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch. I'm looking for straight splice joints, T, L, X, and 45 degree angles. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jan 31, 2010 - 6 answers

Where can I buy an outdoor steel collection bin?

Where can I buy an outdoor steel or plastic collection box? The purpose would be to collect returns or book donations to the library. [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Jan 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Steel or iron discs in bulk?

I need to buy a bunch of iron or steel discs (but not stainless steel). Having trouble finding them. [more inside]
posted by squarehead on Jan 8, 2010 - 1 answer

Do worn peg holes affect acoustic guitar intonation?

Guitar filter: Will worn-out peg holes affect the intonation of a steel string acoustic guitar? If so, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by davidriley on Dec 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Where in Los Angeles can I Cut and Drill Metal Plates?

Recommendations for Los Angeles: machine shop - metal work. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Nov 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Need recommendations for kitchen appliances

Need a full new suite of kitchen appliances, would like some recommendations. Got some prices on some Electrolux models today that looked great, but some quick research on the web doesn't leave me so confident. Is this a case of the squeaky wheel complaining online and they're actually a solid product? Or should I be worried. I'm looking for all stainless steel appliances: fridge with ice-maker, slide-in stove, dishwasher, and range-hood microwave. Specifically I'm looking for a large fridge and electric stove I'm in Canada if that makes a difference.
posted by gfroese on Oct 24, 2009 - 12 answers

Smudgy Stainless

Stainless steel everywhere. What's the best way to clean it to be free of fingerprints and smudges? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Oct 20, 2009 - 19 answers

Is it safe to drink from stainless steel?

Trying to be safer and heeding the advice of many, I threw out all my plastic water bottles and bought new stainless steel ones including this stainless steel cup. On the cup (but not on the bottles), there was the California Proposition 65 warning that "This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm." [more inside]
posted by pasici on Sep 19, 2009 - 9 answers

Why are Slim-Fast shakes in steel cans rather than aluminium?

My lunchtime obsession has finally percolated onto Ask MeFi. The question that I ponder every day I have at my midday repast: Why are Slim-Fast shakes in steel cans rather than aluminium? [more inside]
posted by Fortran on Aug 29, 2009 - 27 answers

how to mount plexiglas on stainless steel fridge?

I have a stainless steel fridge and a toddler who is learning to walk. I want to mount a sheet of plexiglas over the bottom portion of the door to prevent it from getting dented. I would like this to look decent and be non-permanent so I can remove it when we eventually move. Any ideas on how I could do this? All I can think of is using some kind of tape, but I think that would sag after a while. Bonus for suggestions on how to also stick stuff to the plexiglas so that I can post up my kid's artwork (the stainless steel is non-magnetic).
posted by kenliu on Jul 25, 2009 - 22 answers

Stress Strain Diagram

Looking for a quality Stress-Strain Diagram of Structural (Mild) Steel to use to study from. [more inside]
posted by gzimmer on Jul 3, 2009 - 2 answers

Please help me identify this guitar.

I need help identifying a guitar. I'm embarrassed to ask, but I'm not even sure if it's a weird nylon string or a weird steel string acoustic. I took some pictures of it to help: one two three four. [more inside]
posted by no1hatchling on Jun 17, 2009 - 18 answers

Who cuts steel?

Where can I find someone to cut a hole in the side of a steel metal locker? [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on Apr 5, 2009 - 14 answers

Machine shop for custom handgun parts?

Steel gun parts custom-made in small batches? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp on Feb 27, 2009 - 8 answers

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