Making your own drawplates: That comes right before making your
own pliers and after making saw blades. Steel drawplates would
require a bit of machinery and a knowledge of steel metallurgy.
True enough. And besides, for a starter drawplate, if you
cannot afford the good ones, you can get fairly cheap ones made
in india and pakistan. some of em go for around ten bucks or
less. Now, to those of us using better plates, that ten buck
price is gonna seem overpriced, considering the quality of those
cheap plates. But realistically, they’re OK for beginners,
especially if you take the time to run a toothpick in your flex
shaft or dremel, with some appropriate polishing compound in the
holes to clean em up a bit.
TSI in Seattle used to carry a small selection of these cheap
plates. So do several other firms, usually the smaller discount
tool houses who won’t find their reputation in jepardy due to the
iffy quality of these drawplates.