Originally Posted by zboss
Does anyone know of a good machine shop in the annapolis
area to make me some shiney new chain plates?
Are you at all handy? Making chain plates is pretty straightforward now that you know the trick to bending them. McMaster Carr and Grainger are two possible sources for short lengths (saves you the expense of buying
20' lengths) of a variety of stainless steel
types available as bar stock in different widths and thicknesses.
With material in hand it's a matter of cutting to length, locating and drilling holes, and radiusing the ends. Access to a drill press will make life easier, but can be done with a hand drill. Cutting and radiusing can be accomplished with a angle grinder. Depending on how many you need it may be worth the investment in tools if you don't have them already.
To resist deformation at the hole for shroud
attachment leave some extra meat on the end. For example if you have a 1 1/2" bar and are putting a 1/2" hole in it, locate the center of the hole 7/8" from the end instead of 3/4" which will give additional mass at the weak spot.