After 40 years of design work, the best outcome for any arrangement is . . .David, what you are doing applies to most of us. Solve a problem as it arises and while we are at it improve on the functionality.
Nothing is every perfect, even if we are the ones designing and building it.
You are looking at the wrong sourcesYou will be shocked by the price of any good materials these days.
I compared prices for some 6061T6 Bar and would you believe . . .
Metal Supermarket was the least expensive. That would never happen a few years ago.
Even spruce lumber is expensive.
See my post hereThe CHMW members could become a buying group.
Each member does not consume an adequate amount to warrant ‘stock’.
The total individual needs of the CHMW members could amount to a sizeable volume as long as there are a limited number of sizes and materials listed for SKUs.
The other problem is shipping and the location of SKUs.
Another reason to have more regional chapters of the CHMWs.
Possible . . . with some more information and number crunching.
Something to think about.
@Degen . . . Any thoughts ?