A little basic help please.
I run a small repair shop (Lathe, Drill-Mill, Press, grinders, welding, etc.) to make parts and to service and repair Dairy Homogenizes. The only material I use is Stainless Steel (316 & 304 usually). I know very little about the 'stock' material that a lot of the parts/tools listed in this forum are made of
But! Seeing some of the members designs I see a lot of stuff that can help me in my shop - Tool-Past Grinders, Mechanic's Jacks, etc. But I don't know What materiel to use (they say 'a piece of stock'). What the hell is a piece of stock? It's obviously a piece of some sort of steel that they had laying around.
I hope I'm not being stupid - It's just that I don't have any 'usual' or 'general' knowledge of the type of material that one would have lying around. Is this a dumb question?