So, I've been accumulating tools (a lathe most recently) and want to be ready to make some stuff if the need comes up. I have a few random pieces of metal to get me started, but would like to get a small supply that might be most useful.
Does anyone have a good reference or two about the characteristics of various metals. I think I want basic info on:
machinability weld ability bend ability strength hardness harden ability corrosion resistance
I figure I might use these types soon:
steel aluminum brass stainless
Here's some basic comments on what I think I may do. These are all home hacker type projects, not professional.
Build basic framey stuff that might be drilled/tapped/screwed/welded. I assume 1018 steel and 1061 aluminum is ok for that.
Make some project bits and pieces on the mill or lathe. 12L14 is very machinable but not good in other ways. Is 1117 another good alternative? Aluminum or brass too if steel strength isn't important.
I've never touched stainless so far, but may do if I see a reason.
Hope that gives some idea of what I want to learn and where I'm coming from.
Any links, suggestions, or comments are most appreciated. Also where to get the good stuff cheap might help, but there have been recent discussions about that.