Where to source - thin strips of steel

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  1. SimParadox

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    I'm looking for very thin (1-2mm) and very narrow (10-12mm) strips of flat steel in 900mm lengths. If it's in a longer coil, then I can cut it.

    It can be plain, galvanised or stainless, as long as a magnet will stick to it. My preference is stainless.

    The purpose is to embed them in bookshelves, so that I can attach magnetic labels (its for a large charity bookshop). So the labels will be either letters of the alphabet or author names.

    I've looked online at steel mills/merchants, but this seems too thin/small for them. I've also tried googling it as 'trim', although most results have non-flat profiles.

    Any thoughts? Thanks!

    EDIT: It just occurred to me that I could cut up steel tape measures. Going to give that a try.
     
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  2. bYrd

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    Check your local aluminium fabricator, they should have long lengths but not that thin I'd say. Bunnings also if you aren't as choosy, but cheaper.
     
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    Thanks, but I need steel, not aluminium.
     
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    Isn't 304 stainless non magnetic?

    I'm really surprised that a steel supplier wouldn't put a 900mm wide sheet of hot rolled through a shear and cut it into strips for you. You'd have to finish it also to stop surface rusting.

    Is there a budget for this though? If money isn't really an issue you could go to an engineering fab shop and ask them.

    What about something like this.
    https://www.bunnings.com.au/abey-25-x-0-6mm-x-30m-punched-metal-strapping_p1090030

    Or without the punched holes.
    https://www.bunnings.com.au/maxi-metals-32mm-x-0-8-x-30m-g550-strap-trucore_p1091320
     
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  6. Sunder

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    https://www.greenwoodmagnetics.com/...fference-between-304-and-316-stainless-steel/

    Huh. There you go. Never knew that.
     
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    Sorry, I didn't read that bit. Having said that, alu fabricators would sell other metals, they usually have a catalogue online whatever is close to you.
     
  8. cvidler

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    over-engineering the problem?

    tape/blutac/self adhesive labels not suitable?
     
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    Why not just embed a small coin sized magnet in the shelf where you want to mount signs? Get a box of them off Ebay very cheap.

    Or as cvider said, over thinking the problem - why not blutac?
     
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    Magnetic strips in rolls that have adhesive backing... lol
     
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    Strips of loop tape, with hook dots on the back of the paper/plastic label?
    So many options.
     
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    I bought a BrotherQL-800 label printer recently, spool of labels are pretty cheap - very cheap if you buy non-genuine from ebay.

    add an air of professionalism that some labels held on with magnets/velcor/blutac does not.
     
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    Not steel, but could you use This Stuff or something like it.
     
  17. RyoSaeba

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    Yeh that's my first thought too. Magnetic tapes exists. Just use that. Ebay, Aliexpress, amazon etc.
     
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    https://www.smallparts.com.au/store/categories/spring+steel+strip/

    Something like that, clock springs are probably one of the few uses for such long narrow strips of steel outside of packaging banding. Specialist spring suppliers might be able to supply you exact lengths and thicknesses.

    (the adhesive magnet strip is probably the way to go though)
     
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    Not sure if someone has mentioned it, but it sounds like packing band would work for you
     
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    You could also go a martensitic or ferritic stainless steel -- these are magnetic. E.g. 409, 410 or 430 stainless sheets. Much more corrosion resistant than steel, some lower-cost stainless steel appliances use 409 or 410 as it is much cheaper than 304 and 316.
     
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