Find another metal provider ? I made a cardboard template and took it to my local metal basher; he produced a shallow dish of the correct proportions into which I glued a slab of 25mm vermiculite, two Aga handles off eBay and a short probe thermometer from Clas Olsen, been working well for three years !
Thats pretty decent. How much did he/she charge you for that if you dont mind me asking? I have tried looking up metal fabricators but they all seem commercial based and I worry that people will rub their hands with glee as soon as they hear the word bespoke!
I shall be making my own one when i get that far. I was going to use to layers of stainless steel sheet and sandwich in between the off cuts of my ceramic fiber board which is 50mm thick and then weld stainless sheet all the way round to seal the board in so no fibers can get out. I will have to weight for a sheet of stainless to come into work and steel the off cut, but im guessing it would still cost about 120 with all the tig welding
You can cut curves in steel sheet up to 3mm successfully with a decent jigsaw. Buy a pack of good quality fine tooth bimetal blades, keep the speed low and spray the cut very frequently with lubricant. Cut slightly wide and finish off with a flap wheel in your angle grinder.
I was going to say the same thing. Mark up the plate, even with slots in the bottom and post on a local Facebook group/selling page to find someone with a laser or plasma cutter. Offer a crate of beer or similar. People with these kind of tools love getting use out of them and "free" beer.
Still don't have a door for the oven yet but am about to throw out a room heater. It's one of the glorified toaster ones with the heating element inside. Appears to have a powder coated metal skin to it though and so was wondering whether to strip the skin off and try and cut/bend it into a door shape.
Anyone any ideas on this? Will the heat of the oven melt the paint off? Will that matter though???