I'd like to (literally) get my hands on some
1075 blue temper steel gauge 16 (.062") 1/2~1" x ~4"
to see if its got the right spring for a project.
mcmaster will sell me 40 ft of the stuff, but I was
wondering if there's a place that will sell small samples,
or better yet is there a tool or a part from a car or lawn mower
that uses this steel in this gauge.
I've got a suspicion that there's something in the jc whitney
catalog that would suit fine, but I don't know what part.
Don't know what the exact alloy is, but Starrett makes feeler gauge
stock in 1/2"x12" sizes, you can order about the thickness you want.
It's pretty springy as-is, although not spring stock. I've used it as
such. You can punch it with a Whitney punch and it's
file-able(barely). MSC would have it. Another source would be
cabinet scrapers, these are spring steel and of various sizes and
thicknesses. Most of the ones I have are about the size of a file
card, you'd have to shear off what you'd want from one. You'd have to
go down to a woodworking supply place and mike some up to get the