What thickness steel do you use for faceplate intended for average jobs?
Suggest mild steel round precuts already Blanchard-ground. Old Days, we used a lot of linen-bakelite, shiney-wood or even tree-woods.
All Depends on what yer doing, but thick enough for a good fastener grip, tapped hole, is the bare minimum even when mounted to a faceplate.
I have five or so D1-3 faceplates Monarch & Pratt-Burnerd, mostly. Whyso?
Well.. on average, they cost only about the same used, each, as a basic Shars Chinesium CI D1-3 blank backplate, brand-new.
So if I do a fixture clever enough, I can just leave it for another use and do the next one on a "new" platform D1-3 back already integral, and the cam studs even already pre-adjusted and/or replaced, as is my rule when D1 goods first come in the door. ALWAYS too short of time, later, to want "surprises", yah?
The other consideration is the usual:
- If you HAVE a tooled-up capability, jobs that need it will not appear to bug you.
- If you are NOT tooled up, jobs that need what you do NOT have tooling for WILL appear.
Lybarger's Corollary to Sod's Law applies, so tool-up for what you hate to do.
ELSE .. tool for EVERYTHING and not have to make chips at all.
"Dumb like a fox" apply?
You'd have to know retired Old Farts?