there was a thread a few days ago of someone asking who makes solid steel spring perches. i chimmed in and said they would be easy to make at home and would not be too much work. heres prooving my point. aside from having to mill down the 3.0 i started with to 2.5 i did the rest with tools you can use at home. if you start with 2.5 by 2. you dont have to cut anything but the corners and the radius and drill your hole. here are some pics. it took me 1 hour from start to finish. actual cut time was aprox 30 to 40 min. i took my time and didnt rush it either. then i benched a radius an all corners to clean it up and ground the saw finish to clean it up also. i did this at work on our 12 in grinder. its a piece of junk cause its easy to stall. i wanted to grind it at home on my 20 in grinder but it was time for dinner, so i closed it up for the night. i cant stall my 20 in grinder at home. you can do the same thing with a basic 4 1/2 hand grinder too. first i removed the 45 deg cut to remove most of the bulk. then i cut the rad cut. when my blade would start to go off cut line i would bact out and cut in from the straight cut to remove a chunk of material to help me get back on line. if you dont have a portaband saw, well theres a good reason to go buy one.