Just thought I'd share this idea with y'all. I needed a few tens of angle brackets for an assembly job in the wood shop. These needed to be about two inches or more in length to properly span across the two pieces they're aligning and holding together from the rear. Think angle iron, 1 x 1, and about 2-3 inches long, drilled on both flanges for mounting. As I was wandering through a hardware store hoping for inspiration, I went over to the framing hardware section. There I found something called a nailing plate, a section of galvanized sheet metal full of holes. Bingo, light goes on, I goes home with several of these. Sheared them such that two rows of holes remained in each piece, then bent them to 90 in the bender. Instant longish angle bracket, already drilled for screws.
This isn't thick metal, but that's not needed in this application. Three bonuses- I get to place one row of holes to where they're needed by putting the bend in the right spot, I save time not having to drill all those holes (shearing and bending was quick), and I get three brackets for less than the price of one that's available but not really suitable.
I love it when I can use something for other than it's intended use. I guess that's bonus #4.
I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-