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Posted on Sat Feb 11, 2006 5:21 pm
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BACKGROUND: I'm starting a part-time business called "Rings of Steel, Suppliers". We'll be selling only machine-made stainless steel rings. Eventually we'll also be offering colored (plated) stainless rings, too. Building the machine has taken much, much longer than expected, along with business start-up stuff (been over a year now) but we're [i]finally[/i] making rings. We'll open the website once we build up some inventory.

The largest gauge we can deal with is (SWG) 18ga (.048"), but we can go smaller. So we've decided to initially offer rings in the following wire gauges:

18 (.048)
19 (.040)
20 (.036)
21 (.032)

Right now we've started with 18ga, 1/4" dia. rings. They look good. Due to the cost of buying several hundred lbs. of wire initially (ouch), I've limited us to just 2 ring sizes per gauge, for now. Once business gets rolling, I'll be able to afford to expand to include more sizes & smaller gauges, too.
I'm aware that most M.A.I.L. members make their own rings, but....

MY QUESTION IS: For each gauge I listed, which 2 ring sizes should I start with? (note: there is no springback on our rings, so for example, a 3/16" dia. ring is exactly 3/16")

Thanks much for your input!
~Quinn
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(actually its sunny today...for a change)

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Posted on Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:08 pm
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Here's my 2 links worth, at least...

18 g. = 1/4 and 3/16
19 g. = 7/32 and 5/32
20 g. = 3/16 and 1/8
21 g. = 5/32 and 3/32

Hope that help out!


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Posted on Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:52 pm
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Can't wait to see these rings!

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Posted on Sun Feb 12, 2006 12:18 am
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i agree with Celtic chainman on all them sizes
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Posted on Sun Feb 12, 2006 1:34 am
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also note that these are ID's (internal diameters) not OD's, so you'll have to factor in the wire thickness.


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Posted on Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:51 am
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OK, but I'm not sure what your point is on this. We do measure our rings by ID (inner dia.) like most everyone else. Thanks, though.

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Posted on Sun Feb 12, 2006 4:41 am
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I was just making sure you knew that that's the form we most comonly use. And I asume that you have something on the outside of the coil to prevent spring back in order to have the ID not change, so I didn't want you to go and make those peices, and then have them be the wrong size, and neither you or anyone else said that the #'s they were giving you were ID's. I was pretty sure that Stephan had told you that (if you are the person I think you are), but I was just double checking.


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Posted on Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:18 am
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Where are you in WA?

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Posted on Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:59 am
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We're in Buckley, just NW of Mt. Rainier.

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Also: Thanks, Celtic Chainman for the ring diameter suggestions. That will be helpful.

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Posted on Sun Feb 12, 2006 10:52 pm
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No problem at all. In fact, if your prices are competitive enough, I may be interested in buying about ten pounds of 18 g. 3/16". I've been wanting to play around with some stainless anyways, and I've been using 17 g. 3/16", and it makes a very attractive 4-1 and byzantine. So, I figure to try using some stainless, and some maunfactured links would be alot nicer to my arthritis...>.>


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Posted on Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:59 am
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Yes, we'll be able to be very competitive with our prices. And our colored SS should (hopefully) prove useful, too. We still have a couple of months to go, but do keep us in mind. Thanks!

~Quinn

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