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The Prop Building Guidebook, 2nd Edition by Eric Hart

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Like wood, metal comes in rods, sticks, sheets, and other shapes. You can find it in plates of various thicknesses and widths, like lumber, but if you built objects out of solid metal, it would quickly become far heavier than you can handle. Instead, we tend to use hollow shapes of metal, such as tubes, pipes, and “box tube,” which are square and rectangular tubes that come in any width and thickness you can imagine. “Structural shapes,” such as angle iron, I-beams, and channels, are also used.

We use a number of different kinds of metal for several purposes in prop-making. Steel is one of the most common. Steel is extremely economical for the strength and durability it offers. It is easily cut and shaped with a variety of ...

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