Barrel Block or Aluminum bedding block question

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by royinidaho, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. royinidaho

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    What kind of aluminum or aluminum alloy is used for bedding blocks or barrel blocks.

    I'm looking for a material for an accessory that I'm cobbling up.

    Also, who made steel so heavy and aluminum so expensive, huh?
     
  2. James Jones

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    Generaly 6061 series aluminum is the most common "good" aluminum , the 7075 is a good bit stronger but its a good bit more expensive also. For a bedding block the 6061 should serve you fine.
    Check out E-bay they have a lot of dealers that you can E-amil and buy directly from them , namely Speedy Metals , they have good shipping time and decient prices
     

  3. Buffalobob

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    Might look at Wikipedia for a quick primer on aluminum vs steel. Then look in more detail at types of aluminum. There is a place for steel and a place for aluminum and the various alloys of each.

    Aluminum is expensive because refining it requires huge inputs of electricity.
     
  4. James Jones

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    Roy , how big of a block are you trying to make?
     
  5. davewilson

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    Roy, Bruce Baer told me he uses 7000 series for barrel blocks. as stated they are stronger and according to him they buff up to a higher gloss finish. i was told to go with 6061 on mine because i was welding to it and wasn't looking for that "range queen" finish.