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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.


Category Stores
  • Abel Electronics
  • The Electronic Connection
  • RS Electronics
  • Acrylic Specialties & Plastics
  • Alba Plastics
  • Laird Plastics
  • Stellar Plastics Fabricating
  • All American Plywood
  • Armstrong Millworks
  • Public Lumber Company
  • Rockler Woodworking
  • Woodcraft
  • Alro Metals Outlet
  • Aluminum Supply
  • Factory Steel
  • Frentz & Sons Hardware
  • Haggerty Metals
  • Industrial Metal Sales
  • Metal Mart USA
  • MICCO/Lucent Enterprises
  • Mt. Clemens Metal Recycling
  • Speedy Metals
  • Tri-Star Steel
Fasteners, Hardware
  • Fastenal
  • Frentz & Sons Hardware
  • Kitt's Industrial Tools
  • Motion Industries
  • Motor City Fastener
  • Harbor Freight
  • Marsh Power Tools
  • RL Schmitt
  • Rockler Woodworking
Jewelery & Craft
  • Armstrong Tool and Supply
  • Discount Fabric Outlet
  • Tandy Leather
  • Foam Factory
  • Matzka Pneumatics & Hydraulics
  • Metrics Unlimited
  • MSU Surplus Store
  • Pegasus Entertainment
  • KBC Tools & Machinery
  • Wensco Sign Supply

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.
Acrylic Specialties & Plastics
32336 Edward Avenue, Madison Heights, MI 48071 (near John R and 14 Mile)
Phone: (248)588-4390
Hours: M-F 8:30-5:00
Has a wide variety of acrylics, PETG, foamcore, and other miscellaneous plastics. Has a wide selection of acrylic colors and is price competitive with other plastic vendors. Prefers to sell larger sheets, but has an area with smaller pieces for sale.
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.
All America Plywood [4]
Specializes in hardwood plywoods
18840 John R., Detroit, MI. 48203
Hours: M-F 8-4
(313) 891-6880

Alro Metals Outlet

Decent selection of remnant metals and plastic pieces at reasonable prices. Walk-Ins welcomed, 26200 Groesbeck Hwy, Warren, MI 48089 Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM
Aluminum Supply [5]
14359 Meyers Rd., Detroit, MI 48227
Armstrong Mill Works [6]
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)
Discount Fabric Outlet
Random fabrics, everything is $2.99/yard.
They're across the street from Noble Fish,
250 E. 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017
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 [7]
14020 Oakland Ave. Detroit, Michigan 48203. Close to I75 & the Davison. Open on Sunday.
Fastenal [8]
Multiple local locations selling all kinds of stuff. Hours for all locations appear to be Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Foam Factory
17500 23 Mile Road Macomb, MI 48044 (586) 627-3626
Frentz & Sons Hardware [9]
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.
Haggerty Metals [10]
14015 North Haggerty Road, Plymouth, MI
Scrap metal dealer, surplus by the pound. Absolutely worth visiting.
Harbor Freight [11]
Retail supplier of cheap Chinese tools.
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 [12]
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 [13]
26403 Groesbeck Highway Warren, MI 48089
(800) 873-8403
Marsh Power Tools [14]
20579 Middlebelt, Livonia, MI 48152
Matzka Pneumatics & Hydraulics [15]
A candy store for moving fluids, from vacuum to 10,000psi. 10 mile & Mound.
Metal Mart USA [16]
Located at 13mile & Dequindre. Sells all kinds of metal stock in small quantities. Even open on Saturdays, very hobbyist friendly.
Update: Seems they just changed their policy of letting customers look around in the shop. It use to be that you could find the perfect cutoff by looking around the shop. And the guy working in the shop area was super helpfull. Not anymore, just one small rack outside the office with poor selection.
Metrics Unlimited [17]
Just what it says.
MICCO/Lucent Enterprises [18]
25831 Commerce Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071-1452
  • From their site: "MICCO/Lucent provides sales and installation for:
    • Aluminum Extrusion
    • Flow Racks
    • Aluminum Guarding
    • Lean maufacturing cell stations
    • Gravity conveyers
    • MPS lean mfg stations
    • Corner rotate solutions
    • Wire mesh guards for workers
    • Manual Conveyors
    • Work areas and robots
    • TS4Plus conveyors (flying chains)
    • Safety Guarding
    • Conveyor Chain
  • Recent suggestion of a place to get extruded t-slot aluminum lengths.
Motion Industries [19]
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
MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center [20]
468 Green Way,East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Phone : 517.355.0364
Fax : 517.353.0836
E-mail :
Public Sale Hours
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Every Tuesday
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Every Friday
Public Viewing Hours
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
All sorts of randomness, prices can be anywhere from market value to scrap cost
Mt. Clemens Metal Recycling, Inc.
41494 Irwin Dr.
Harrison Twp., MI 48045
Phone : (586) 468-1563
E-mail :
Business Hours
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Cash Only -
Pegasus Entertainment
Theatrical supplies: lighting gels, gaffer's tape, A/V equipment and repair.
22008 8 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48033
Northwest corner of 8 and Lahser, directly across from the McDonald's
Monday-Friday: 9am - 6pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm
Public Lumber Company [21]
Lumber, millwork, doors, hardware, adhesives, and finishes.
1001 East Seven Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48203
RL Schmitt [22]
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)
Rockler Woodworking [23]
Nation-wide retailer of woodworking tools and supplies. Moved to Novi in 2017.
26160 Ingersol Drive, Novi, MI 48375
(248) 543-5110
RS Electronics [24]
Retail outlet for electronic components, connectors and tools.
Hours 8-5 M-F
34443 Schoolcraft Livonia, MI 48150
Speedy Metals - Detroit (No Web Site Pickup) [25]
34155 Riviera Drive, Fraser, MI 48026
Phone: 586-294-1018
Fax: 586-294-4140
Comment by anonymous member: "Check your receipt! Make sure there are no mysterious 'upcharges'....":
Stellar Plastics Fabricating
Great little shop for both raw and finished plastic products.
14121 Gratiot, Detroit, MI 48205
M-F 9-5

Tandy Leather Sells whole and partial hides as well as leather working equipment.

31104 Five Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48154

Phone: (734) 422-9102

Hours: 9-6 M-F, 9-4 S

Tri-Star Steel
Retail outlet for steel and aluminum stock
9281 Freeland St. Detroit, MI 48228
Phone: 313-834-6000
Hours: 7-5 M-F
Wensco Sign Supply [26]
Vinyl and other signmaking supplies
31000 Industrial Road
Livonia, MI 48150
Phone: 800-253-1569
Hours: Counter - 7:30am to 5:00pm EST
(They're basically behind Menard's in the industrial park)
Woodcraft [27]
National chain retail outlet for wood and woodworking supplies.
Hours: Sunday: 11 AM - 4 PM Monday: 9 AM - 7 PM Tuesday: 9 AM - 7 PM Wednesday: 9 AM - 7 PM Thursday: 9 AM - 8 PM Friday: 9 AM - 7 PM Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM
39245 Van Dyke Highway, Sterling Heights, MI 48313 (just north of 17 Mile)


All Electronics Corporation [28]
Discount and surplus electronics, parts, accessories
Known for having strange and odd items in stock
American Science and Surplus
Everything from optics to motors, electronics to lab supplies, toys to tools, containers to materials, etc.. And, one of the most entertaining catalogs out there.
5316 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL
Telephone: 773-763-0313
Craftics [29]
Materials, supplies, and tools for acrylic
Digi-Key [30]
95% of the electronic components you need.
Electronic Goldmine [31]
Similar to All Electronics
Also has cheap grab-bag boxes of parts for stocking the junkbox
FutureLec [32]
Lots of fun parts, alcohol sensors, random bits
Jameco Electronics [33]
Electronics parts, some robotics parts.
Good source for hard to find "older" electronics parts, esp small EPROMS.
Marlin P. Jones & Assoc, Inc. [34]
Electronics and tool shop. Cheap and decent quality computer and electronics.
Good soldering equipment.
Mouser Electronics [35]
Another electronics store. [36]
Reasonably prices sheet steel remnants good for small quantity orders.
Small Parts, Inc [37]
The hardware store for R&D, not just miniature hardware, but also lots of nylon, teflon, etc.
Spark Fun Electronics [38]
Yet another electronics store.
Good for male/female adapters and plugs (iphone/ ipod).
Online Metals [39]
A good store for small quantities of metal.
Metals Depot [40]
Steel, stainless, brass, and aluminum at reasonable prices.
Rio Grande [41]
Jewelry-making metal supplies: Silver, gold, copper, titanium, niobium, etc.
Misumi [42]
Automation Components, Press Die Components, Plastic Mold Components
Widget Supply, Inc
Great source for unusual hobby (read small/precision) tools. Excellent prices too. Examples include hand tools, magnifying equipment, dremel type bits, etc.
1131 S Commercial Way SE
Albany, OR 97322 US
Telephone: 541-926-1003
American Glass Supply [43]
"The Authority on Glass Fusing Art"
Glass frit, molds, tools, books, glass How-To
Armstrong Glass Company [44]
Specialty Stained Glass, Fusing Glass, and Architectural Glass Manufacturer located near Atlanta
Glass frits, molds, tools, books, jewelry accessories
Creative Paradise [45]
Ceramic Molds, Glass Molds, and Handbuilding
Molds (glass and ceramic), kits, tutorials/videos
Delphi Glass [46]
Stained Glass, Fusing, Mosaics, Jewelry Supply
Large variety of glass frit, tools, supplies
Glass Diversions [47]
"Custom Blended Glass Frit"
Blended frit, copper/silver/gold/paladium leaf and foil
Val Cox Frit [48]
"Premium Glass Frit for Flameworkers"
Glass frits, book, silver foil, video demos
Restaurant Liquidation Auctions [49]
does what it says on the tin
ProxiBid [50]
auctions to watch, there are frequently local ones
Assets Now Auctions [51]
auctions off busimesses, all kinds
right down the street
RJM Auctions [52]
auctions off businesses, all kinds
Michigan State Surplus [53]
cars, chairs, lab equipment, anything the school does not need

Project Ideas and Designs

Yahoo Groups junkyard_projects [54]
Free online plans for lots of tools and project ideas. Requires registration to the yahoo group.

Member Junk

Moved to Virtual Graveyard


Matsu Chan Restaurant
Good Ramen shop in Canton
Tokyo Buffet Lounge
Chinese buffet located in AMC Star Southfield 20 theater
Fuji Japanese Buffet
Very nice (but expensive) buffet at 13.5mile and John R
New Cherry Blossom
Good Japanese restaurant in West Oaks shopping center, Novi
Rangoli Indian Cuisine
Traditional Indian fare & daily lunch buffet served in a warmly decorated space punctuated with art.
Indian Buffet located just north of 696 on Orchard Lake Rd
Hong Hua Fine Chinese Dining
High quality Chinese restaurant located just north of 696 on Orchard Lake Rd
Nagomi Japanese Restaurant
Funky Japanese eatery doling out inventive, hearty ramen bowls in a lofty, cafeteria-like setup.