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The Maker Map [1]
A google maps display of local suppliers. Sources listed in this section should also (eventually) be on the Maker Map.
Abel Electronics [2]
27201 Harper Avenue, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48081 (4 Blocks South of Eleven Mile on the west side of Harper Avenue)
Phone: (586)777-8232.
Decent selection of commonly-needed components and other electronic parts. Also, very friendly and helpful.
Alba Plastics [3]
1407 Allen Dr., Unit #G, Troy, MI 48083 (according to their website as of 2013-03-05). Previously listed here as 30029 John R, Madison Heights.
Sheet plastic, bent and formed into all sorts of neat stuff. (Display cases, bulk food bins, etc.) Also sells full sheets if you ask. Surprisingly good website for a local place.
Armstrong Mill Works [4]
Located in Highland, MI. Sells domestic and imported hardwood in board feet. Open Saturday Mornings.
Armstrong Tool and Supply
Jewelry and craft supply: Brazing, abrasives, specialty pliers, carving tools, burrs and cutters, etc. A trove of goodies for the small-parts worker.
31541 8 Mile Road, Livonia, MI (just west of Merriman/Orchard Lake)
ASAP Source [5]
Located in Ann Arbor, a source for metal & plastic stock.
The Electronic Connection
Electronic Components like chips, resistors, transistors, etc. and all the tools to assemble them
37387 Ford Rd, Westland, MI 48185-2282 (734) 595-6655
Factory Steel [6]
Close to I75 & the Davison. Open on Sunday.
Frentz & Sons Hardware [7]
1010 North Main Street, Royal Oak (about 10 minutes by car). A real hardware store, with metal stock, bins of everything, and staff who know their stuff.
Industrial Metal Sales
They do retail sales but not walk-ins. You have to order at least a day before pick-up.
95 South Rose Street, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 783-2238
KBC Tools & Machinery [8]
6300 18 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Kitt's Industrial Tools
Candy store of tools and supplies, many of the same items as Harbor Freight but so much more on top of it. Not terribly organized, so just go and browse.
27600 West 8 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Laird Plastics [9]
26403 Groesbeck Highway Warren, MI 48089
(800) 873-8403
Marsh Power Tools [10]
20579 Middlebelt, Livonia, MI 48152
Matzka Pneumatics & Hydraulics [11]
A candy store for moving fluids, from vacuum to 10,000psi. 10 mile & Mound.
Metal Mart USA [12]
Located at 13mile & Dequindre. Sells all kinds of metal stock in small quantities. Even open on Saturdays, very hobbyist friendly.
Motion Industries [13]
Loads of mechanical components, in stock. Several locations around town.
Motor City Fastener
1600 East 10 Mile Road Hazel Park, MI 48030-1208
(248) 399-2830
RL Schmitt [14]
Manufactures ANSI standard and custom Fixed-Limit Gages as well as standard and custom Endmills and Engraving Tools.
Order directly from them or through their eBay store (which sells at a discount over catalog prices but you can still pick it up in person)
Hours 8-4:30 M-F
34506 Glendale St, Livonia, MI 48150 (a block or two from RS Electronics)
RS Electronics [15]
Retail outlet for electronic components, connectors and tools.
Hours 8-5 M-F
34443 Schoolcraft Livonia, MI 48150

Online

All Electronics Corporation [16]
Discount and surplus electronics, parts, accessories
Known for having strange and odd items in stock
Craftics [17]
Materials, supplies, and tools for acrylic
Digi-Key [18]
95% of the electronic components you need.
Electronic Goldmine [19]
Similar to All Electronics
Also has cheap grab-bag boxes of parts for stocking the junkbox
FutureLec [20]
Lots of fun parts, alcohol sensors, random bits
Jameco Electronics [21]
Electronics parts, some robotics parts.
Good source for hard to find "older" electronics parts, esp small EPROMS.
Marlin P. Jones & Assoc, Inc. [22]
Electronics and tool shop. Cheap and decent quality computer and electronics.
Good soldering equipment.
Mouser Electronics [23]
Another electronics store.
Small Parts, Inc [24]
The hardware store for R&D, not just miniature hardware, but also lots of nylon, teflon, etc.
Spark Fun Electronics [25]
Yet another electronics store.
Good for male/female adapters and plugs (iphone/ ipod).
Online Metals [26]
A good store for small quantities of metal.
Misumi [27]
Automation Components, Press Die Components, Plastic Mold Components


Project Ideas and Designs

Yahoo Groups junkyard_projects [28]
Free online plans for lots of tools and project ideas. Requires registration to the yahoo group.

Member Junk

Moved to Virtual Graveyard