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post #3 of Old 11-20-2007
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backing plates

I'm not sure there is such a thing as an economical stainless steel fabricator. A lot of fabricators I've talked to in the past, for projects of my own, don't even work SS because it's difficult and requires different tools. For us, even drilling through SS plates is not easy even with the right bits. I've backed all my deck gear with really hard wood I bought at the local lumber yard. IPE is my favorite. If you think wood might be too soft you'll feel differently after about half a dozen broken drill bits. This stuff is solid and will last longer than teak and is way cheaper. It's also good above deck, my boat is covered in it.
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