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The U.S. has long held on as the World’s largest manufacturer with monetary outputs per year in the trillions of U.S. dollars. The U.S. has been very successful with commerce practices and continues to be a forerunner with sourcing and supplying goods to the World. The U.S. has greater outputs than most other industrialized nations put together in the world. With the availability of international markets through the U.S.’s commerce relationships in the world it is easy to find the markets needed to boost businesses profitability. The U.S.’s main industries are petroleum, automobiles, aerospace technologies, telecommunications, chemicals, pharmaceutical, and steel manufacturing just to name a few.



Accent Arts
3902 Middlefield Road or 392 California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 424-1044
Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 5:00pm, Sun 12pm – 5:30 pm.
Comments: Pretty disorganized, but friendly help and decent prices. Be sure to ask for the student discount.

99 Missouri at 17th Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 433-2724
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am – 6pm, Sat 12pm – 5:00pm
Comments: Great for architectural and drafting supplies.

Blick Art Materials
Berkeley Store
811 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: (510) 486-2600
Fax: (510) 486-2610
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 8pm, Sunday 10am – 7pm
Comments: Art supply megamart… They seemingly have everything under the sun. And if you can’t find it in the store, order online.

Ceramics & Crafts Supply Co.
490 5th Street (at Bryant St.)
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 982-9231
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Comments: Materials and equipment for potters and ceramists.

The Claymaker
1775 Russell Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 295-3352
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Comments: Full range of clays, glaze ingredients, Duncan underglazes, in addition to small book selection.

Douglas and Sturgess, Inc.
730 Bryant St. (at 5th)
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 421-4456
Fax: (415) 896-6379
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Comments: Sculpture tools, materials, and supplies, molding, specialty resins. Our supplier for silicone.

Flax Art & Design
1699 Market Street at Valencia
San Francisco, CA
(415) 552-2355
Monday – Saturday 9:30am – 7:00pm
They call themselves the “candy store for the creative.” A one-stop shop for art supplies, gifts, framing… you name it. A bit pricey, though.

Michael’s Crafts
100 Woodside Plaza
Redwood City, CA
(650) 367-6397
Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 7:00pm
All-purpose craft store. Heavy on the holiday decorations and wreaths.

Michael’s Crafts
2415 Charleston Road
Mountain View, CA
(650) 968-8698
Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 7:00pm
All-purpose craft store. Heavy on the holiday decorations and wreaths.

Pearl Art
969 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 357-1400
Hours: M-Sa: 10am-7pm, Su: 12pm-6pm
World’s largest discount art supplier. And you can order online! Awesome sales, too.

Sherry’s Western Ceramic Supply Co.
948 Washington Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 592-2333
Hours: Wednesday – Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Comments: Clay, Tools, Kilns, Glazes, Glaze Chemicals, Books (Sherry’s has an excellent selection of books).

University Art
267 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 328-3500
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun noon-4:00pm, open Thursdays til 7pm
Comments: Carries all sorts of art supplies, drafting equipment, markers, paints, picture frames and framing supplies.


Anchor Electronics
2040 Walsh Avenue
Santa Clara, CA  95050
(408) 727-3693 phone
(408) 727-4424 fax
Hours:  Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm, Sat 10am-3pm
Anything and everything electronic. Check their price list online.

701 Brooks Avenue South
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
(800) 344-4539 phone
(218) 681-3380 fax
Comments: Huge electronics parts company, with live online help in case you can’t find something you need.

Fry’s Electronics
340 Portage Avenue
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 496-6000
Fax: (650) 496-6018
Hours: Monday through Friday: 8 AM – 9 PM. Saturday: 9 AM – 9 PM. Sunday: 9 AM – 7 PM
Comments: Fry’s is a bit pricey and the western nerd theme has got to go, but has a marginally passable supply of electronics items in a pinch. Don’t try to ask the salespeople for help. Get in, get out, and don’t get tempted by the absurd amounts of candy while you’re waiting in line.

HSC Electronic Supply
3500 Ryder Street
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 732-1573
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Comments: Electronic components. Very good prices.

HDB Electronics
2860 Spring Street
Redwood City, CA 94083
(650) 368-1388
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am – 5pm
Comments: New and surplus equipment including rechargeable batteries, motors, led’s, etc. They have an excellent selection. Jameco’s inventory, but you can actually browse through it.

1355 Shoreway Road
Belmont, CA
(650) 592-8097
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm.
Comments: These guys have it all and they’re local. The only bummer is that you can’t browse their selection. Call in your order and pick it up an hour later… or show up, place your order, and wait 15 minutes while they fill it. They have all sorts of electronics – from integrated circuits to motors, from switches to fans, from cables to tools. They also sell the Basic stamp.

Mouser Electronics
1810 Gillespie Way, Suite 101
El Cajon, CA  92020
(800) 346-6873
Comments: Mouser is a huge online electronic components distributor.

2328 Walsh Ave. Suite A
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 998-5355
Comments: These guys have tons of electronic and mechatronics stuff.

599 Menlo Drive, Suite 100
Rocklin, California 95765
(888) 512-1024 sales
(916) 624-8333 support
(916) 624-8003 fax
Comments: Makes the BASIC Stamp integrated circuit. Great site for learning about the Stamp as well. The Stamp can also be bought at Jameco (see above).

Radio Shack
490 S. California Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 329-8081
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 7:00pm
Comments: You know them and love them. Or maybe not. Anyway, they have the usual stock of electronics components, including tons of kits for learning about electronics. They’re like the 7-11 of electronics. They’ll always ask your address, so think ahead and be creative.

Zack Electronics
1070 Hamilton Road
Duarte, CA 91010
(800) 466-0449
Hours: (Will Call) Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm
Comments: As they state on their site, these guys specialize in broadcast products, test and measurement equipment, and exact replacement parts and components. Slow service, full line.


Britex Fabrics
146 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 392-2910
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Comments: This is it in terms of fabrics around here. These folks have it all. And we mean ALL. The staff is super helpful and will cut swatches of any fabric.

Exotic Silks
1959 Leghorn Street
Mountain View, CA 94043
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
(650) 965-7760
Comments: Silks, velvets, brocades from China, India, Thailand, and Korea.

House of Foam
150 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 327-4300
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00am – 5:30pm, Saturday 10:00 – 5:00pm, open till 7:00pm Thursday Comments: After the original store burned down, they moved into this space nearby. They have foam, sponge rubber, and that spongy foam mattress material. Good place to dumpster dive if you’re wearing your scrubs.

Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
435 San Antonio Avenue
Mountain View, CA  94040
(650) 948-5300
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm
Comments: Fabric, sewing supplies, thread, notions, buttons. Huge. And always a huge line. Remember patience is a virtue.

Eddie’s Quilting Bee & Fabric
480 S. Mathilda Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 8:30pm, Saturday 9am – 5:30pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm
(408) 830-9505
(888) 784-5837 (toll-free)
Comments: Lots of pretty cottons, books, and tools. Sewing machines sales and service. Check out the “sale” room.

S.H. Frank & Co.
3075 17th Street
San Francisco, CA
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
(415) 863-6244
Comments: Leather, lots of leather. Plus shoe findings!


ACI Glass
2765 Lafayette Street
Santa Clara CA 95050
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm
(408) 727-4711 or
(800) 300-4224
Comments: Local store for national distributor of architectural (flat window) and tempered glass.

Sundance Art Glass Center
6052 Foster Road
Paradise, CA 95969
(888) 446-8452
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am – 4:30pm, Friday 10am – 4pm

Bullseye Glass
3722 SE 21st Ave.
Portland, OR  97202
(503) 232-8887 (main line)
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Comments: Sells a huge variety of glass and supplies. One of the best glassworking resources in the country.

Franciscan Glass
100 San Antonio Circle
Mountain View, CA
(650) 948-6666
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 2pm
Comments: Stained Glass and tools, big scrap bin, will cut to size. Love these guys!

Macalaster Bicknell Company
PO Box 109
Millville, NJ  08332
(800) 257-8405
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (EST), Friday 8:00am – 12:30pm
Comments: Sells glass and lab products: glass blowing equipment, glass tubing, rod (in colors), lab equipment, and chemicals.

Palo Alto Glass
4085 Transport St.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm
(650) 494-7000

San Francisco Stained Glass
345 Divisidero
San Francisco, CA  94117
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
(415) 626-3592 phone

Spectrum Glass
PO Box 646
Woodinville, WA 98072
(425) 483-6699
Comments: Huge supply of stained and colored glass. Great online samples.

Steinert Industries
1507 Franklin Avenue
Kent, OH 44240
(800) 727-7473
Comments: Glass blowing supplies.

West Coast Glass
4020 Fabian Way #13
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 325-1578



D & J Hobby
96 San Tomas Aquino
Campbell, CA
(408) 379-1696
Comments: Hobby and craft supplier with a pretty extensive website. One of the best hobby stores in the area.

Home Depot
1781 E Bayshore Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 462-6800
Hours: M-S 6am – 9pm, Sun 7am – 8pm.
Comments: When only shitty service but cheap prices will do.

Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH)
2555 Charleston Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
Hours: Monday – Saturday 7am – 9pm, Sunday 8am – 8pm
(650) 691-2000
Comments: This is the closest OSH to campus. They carry the usual assortment of tools, electrical supplies, plumbing supplies, softwoods (2x4s), paint, screws, etc. Better service than Home Despot.

Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH)
2110 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA
Hours: Monday – Saturday 7am – 9pm, Sunday 8am – 8pm
(650) 365-7373
Comments: The Middlefield store is near Woodside Road.

Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH)
777 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Rd.
Sunnyvale, CA
Hours: Monday – Saturday 7am – 9pm, Sunday 8am – 8pm
(408) 732-7734
Comments: Sunnyvale-Saratoga store is the best OSH in area.

Palo Alto Hardware
875 Alma Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301-2404
(650) 327-7222
Hours: M-F 7:30am – 8pm, Sat & Sun 8am – 6 pm.
Comments: Super-friendly staff always willing to help. Prices not bad compared to Home Despot – sometimes much better.

Peninsula Building Materials
109 Seaport
Redwood City, CA
Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm
(650) 365-8500
Comments: These folks have more basic construction materials, like sand, plaster, lumber and cement.

Peninsula Hardware
2676 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm
(650) 325-3491
Comments: The usual assortment of hardware – tools, paint, screws, shovels, rope…. very densely packed!



The Bead Shop
now only online
(650) 856-6353
Hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm

Frei and Borel
126 Second Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am-5, closed 12:30-1:30 for lunch.
Comments: Clock and watch parts, too.
503 Giuseppe Court, Suite 4
Roseville, CA  95678
(916) 780-9610 phone (customer service open M-F 7am-5pm)
Comments: Online supplier.

Rainbow Jewelers Supply
2109 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX  78212
(210) 733-1772
Comments: Online supplier.

Rio Grande
Albuquerque, NM
(800) 545-6566
Hours: 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Mountain Time, Monday through Friday.
Comments: One of the best mail-order / online jewelry suppliers. Friendly staff. Good with rush orders. Make sure to get your order in by 5 pm local time, though. Great catalogs – we have them in the PRL.


Accurate Powder Coating
940 American Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 802-8180
Comments: They also do sand and beadblasting. Very nice guy.

Alan Steel
Highway 101 & Whipple (east)
Redwood City, CA
(650) 369-2526
Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm, Sat closed, Sun closed.
Comments: Alan Steel, AKA Alan Steels, has a really great selection of base metals and stuff (salvage) made from base metals. This includes sheet, tubing, extrusions, rod, angle, and pallet material in aluminum, brass, steel, stainless steel and some plastics. You can also find giant gears, motors, fans, and all sorts of other random stuff. They charge to cut. This is a really great place to wander around just to get your creative juices flowing. They give deals to the fairer sex and on stuff they don’t understand. Otherwise it’s pretty pricey.

Alco Iron & Steel
1091 Doolittle Drive
San Leandro, CA 94577
(510) 562-1107
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Comments: One of the best all-around places for aluminum and steel. Their prices are good, but they’re a little far away.

Allied Iron Arts & Crafts
620 Waltermire
Belmont, CA
(650) 591-6555
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, closed 12-1 for lunch
Comments: These guys are known for really helping out Stanford students. Go here first before anywhere else. Prices are good and they’ll help you to figure out the best way to accomplish your project. They have a really good supply of hot and cold rolled steel.

Aluminum REM Center
3185 De La Cruz Blvd, Unit B
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 748-0666
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm
Comments: Aluminum REM is THE place to get any type of aluminum stock. They have it all, except for tubing. Great prices and friendly staff. What more can you ask?

Borrmann Steel
2450 Pulgas Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA
(650) 324-1654
Hours: Open 8-5, Mon-Fri.
Comments: Known for having hot & cold rolled steel in common structural steel shapes. They also carry sheet. There is a $25 minimum, but the prices are reasonable and they are close by. Keep in mind that cuts can be expensive.

Campbell Precision Sheetmetal
636 Newhall St.
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 282-8900
Comments: This is a complete sheet metal shop with a very friendly staff, especially to students. Mention that when you go.

Campbell Metal Supply
569 Charcot Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131
(408) 432-4890
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8am – 5pm, Friday 8am – 4:30pm
Comments: REM center with tons of aluminum and stainless steel.

907 American
San Carlos, CA
(650) 591-2651
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm
Comments: Dan-Mar sells a variety of machining tools and supplies – endmills, drills, slitting saws, reamers, tool steel, measuring tools, and dowel pins.

Earle M. Jorgensen Company (used to be Kilsby-Roberts)
31100 Wiegman Road
Hayward, CA
(510) 487-2700
Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm
Comments: Tons of tubing – alloy, carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum.

Lusk Metals
26587 Corporate Ave.
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 785-6400
Comments: Lusk carries aluminum, steel, and stainless in rod/sheet/tube/plate/etc… and also carries plastics. Useful reference library on their website.

Madco Welding
1988 Old Middlefield Road
Mountain View, CA
(650) 969-2323
Comments: Madco sells all kinds of welding and brazing supplies. They carry gas, gloves, clamps and whatever else you might need to make that welded table you always wanted. This is a very complete and professional store with a knowledgable, friendly staff.

Metal Supermarkets
705 Comstock St.
Santa Clara, CA
(408) 654-9177
Comments: Metal, metal everywhere. No minimum order, and it’s delivered. Just like Domino’s, but without the bread sticks.

Online Metals
Comments: Fantastic source for all metals, banal and exotic. Accepts credit cards.

PK Selective Metal Plating Inc.
415 Mathew Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 988-1910
Hours: Monday – Thursday 7am – 4:30pm, Friday 7am – 3:30pm
Comments: PK does plating and hard and regular (type II… it’s NOT called ‘soft,’ folks!) anodizing. They have a good selection of colors as well. Pay them a visit and take a look at their swatch binders.

Sequoia Brass and Copper
2353 Industrial Pkwy West
Hayward, CA 94545
(800) 362-5255
Comments: Go here for a good selection of brass, copper, aluminum, stainless, and bronze. Online store for small quantities.

Shop Tools, Inc.
37950 Central Ct. Suite A
Newark, CA 94560
(510) 494-8331
Comments: Like Dan-Mar above, Shop Tools carries all sorts of maching tools and supplies – endmills, saws, drills, tool steel, reamers, measuring tools, taps, sandpaper, cutting oil, cabinets, and grinding wheels. Their catalog can be found in the PRL as well as the Loft library.

Spectrum Powder Coating Company
2694 Middlefield Road, Unit A
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 367-4940
Hours: Open M -F 8 am – 5:30 pm
Comments: The name says it all.

Specific Plating
936 Industrial
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 494-6995
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am-4:30pm
Comments: They’ll plate or anodize whatever you drop off. They don’t do hard anodizing. They have a minimum charge of $35. So form a group before you call.

Tiger Metals
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
(562) 777-0999
Comments: Titanium stock. Roughly $15/lb. Lots cheaper than Alan Steel if they have it in stock.

Tools & Gages
960 Terminal Way
San Carlos, CA
(650) 591-5383
Comments: Another full line machine supply store – endmills, drills, saws, measuring stuff, cutters, tool steel, etc.

Triangle Machinery & Tool
1051 Commercial Ct.
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 452-8666
Hours: Mon. thru Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Fri closed 12-1:30pm
Comments: Come to these guys for more machining supplies and tools. In addition, they carry motors (ac/dc), gears, pulleys, ball bearings, casters, pneumatics (valves, solenoids, cylinders), fans, blowers, high vacuum equipment, springs, hose fittings, pipe fittings, and some control devices .



California Paint and Wallpaper
360 California Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 326-9285
Fax: 650-326-4042
Hours: 7:00-5:30, Sat 8:00-5:00, Sun Closed.
Comments: House paints, wood finishes, spray cans — krylon. Somewhat expensive, but close and complete.

Oliveri and Sons
1985 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 322-1995
Comments: Automotive lacquers, fillers, sandpaper. Located where Hubbard Paint used to be (for the old timers). Amazing selection of colors and supplies.

San Carlos Paint
1664 Industrial Way
San Carlos, CA
(650) 595-2210
Comments: Automotive lacquers, fillers, sandpaper, tools. Great selection, will mix colors.

Santa Clara Color
211 S. Whisman
Mountain View, CA
(650) 965-4040
Comments: Automotive paint, painting supplies, lacquer. Surface Treatment – supplies

El Camino and Oak Grove
Menlo Park, CA
(650) 324-1364
Comments: The place to get lacquer auto paint for quick-drying models.

Sherwin Williams
696 Broadway
Redwood City, CA
(650) 366-5786
Comments: Polane polyurethane primer, texture paint.


4917 Dawn Avenue
E. Lansing, MI 48823
(800) 367-8793
Comments: Red Stuff, REN Shape 450. Also rencothane castable polyurethanes and epoxy molding materials. Full boxes of three 16″ x 60″ x 2″ planks only. Price for 1 box = $693.00.

GE Polymershapes
2250 Zanker Road, Suite B
San Jose,  CA  95131
(408) 432-3800 phone
(800) 325-1262 phone
(408) 432-3810 fax
Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Comments: Variety of plastics, delrin, styrene, lexan, polycarbonate, ABS, sheet and tube. Great prices, and are usually more than willing to give away sheets of PETG + styrene that are scrap to them but perfect for vacuum forming.

Harrington Plastics
1100 Industrial Rd, Unit15
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 637-9910
(650) 637-9916 phone
Hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Comments: Large diameter PVC. 20′ lengths only, $2.00 to $3.00 / cut.

Industrial Plastic Supply
(866) 832-9315 toll-free phone
(866) 832-9311 fax
Comments: Carries a huge selection of plastics in a variety of shapes.

K. R. Anderson Co., Inc.
2800 Bowers Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 727-2800
Comments: Epoxies and RTV’s.

Laird Plastics
1670 Las Plumas, Unit C
San Jose, CA  95133
(408) 258-6569
Hours: Monday to Friday 8-5.
Comments: Plastic, ABS, Acrylic, Plexiglass, Polycarbonate, delrin, styrene, formica, PVC. FYI – they charge $72.50 for a 4×8 sheet of 1/8 plexi mirror. Commercial (GE) wants $100. Tap wants $127.

Plastics SRT
1242 Birchwood Drive
Sunnyvale, CA  94089
(408) 400-0000
Comments: ABS, acrylic, Plastic sheet, Plastic rod, Plastic tube SRT = Sheet, Rod, and Tube Small pieces only. High prices but will cut small pieces to order and has plenty of hard to find stock on hand. No minimum order and will accept credit cards .

Polymer Plastics Corp.
645 National Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043
(415) 968-2212
(800) 369-2213
Fax: 650-968-2218
Comments: Plastic sheet, Plastic rod, Plastic tubing, Plastic film, Plastic fabrication, Delrin, Nylon, Teflon, ABS, Tygon, Acrylic, Polycarbonate, Noryl, PET, Phenolics, G-10, Glastic, Polyethylene, UHMW, Mylar, Polyurethane, Fishpaper Have available a wide selection of fabrication processes.

Port Plastics
1047 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA
(408) 744-1111
(800) 800-2478
Fax: (408) 744-1134
Comments: Plastic, ABS, Acrylic, Plexiglass, Polycarbonate, delrin, styrene, formica.

Professional Plastics
2175 Kruse Dr.
San Jose, CA 95131-1214
408-434-9433 FAX
Comments: Their contact person, Delia Smith is really helpful and nice.

REN Plastics
3001 S. Shannon
Santa Ana, CA

Tap Plastics
312 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA
(650) 962-8430
Hours: M-F 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun closed.
Comments: Acrylic, plexiglass, glazing ploycarbonate, colored plexiglass, plexiglass tubing, solvent cement, fiberglass supplies, latex, resin, plastic buffing compounds, textured plastic lighting panels, plastic letters High retail pricing. Willing to cut plastic to size.



Applied Industrial Technologies
990 Rengstorff Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043-1714
(650) 968-8316
Fax: (650) 967-3214
Comments: Seals, O-rings, Oillite Bushings, Plastic Bushings, Snaprings, Rubber tubing, thread adhesive (locktight) Sometimes not too helpful, and frequently enforce minimum quantities.

441 Clyde Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 964-5900
Comments: Huge catalog and great web site for just about any part you could need.

L & M Tool and Die
1071 McCue
San Carlos, CA
(650) 591- 5701
Comments: Compression springs, belleville springs, wavy washers, curved spring washers, thread inserts, mold springs Very sensitive to uninformed students wasting their time. Know the stock number of what you want before you call!

P.O. Box 54960
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 692-5911
Comments: Misc. hardware, hand tools, electric motors. This is a mail-order vender. They will give good service if the part is in stock. Their time estimates on backordered items are unreliable. The catalog is in the shop, it is 2000+ pages and unbelievable.

Comments: Supplier of machine components, particularly for factory automation. They have lots of great stuff, and at a fairly resonable price too, although there is generally some lead time. Their catalogs are a good resource for machine design, with numerous drawings and app notes.

Comments: Possibly better selection than McMaster-Carr. Cheap tools (ball end mills, etc).

Olander Supply Company
144 Commercial Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA
(408) 735-1850
Comments: Threaded fasteners, screws, nuts, washers, bolts, press-on plastic thumb screw caps, heli-coils, allen wrenches, metric fasteners, allthread, dowel pins, shoulder screws. Well stocked and willing to sell small quantities. Expect to wait for up to 15 min. in line.

6842 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91405
(800) 243-6125
Comments: Misc. hardware, small gears, miter gear differentials, shafting, metric threaded fasteners, threaded fasteners This is a mail-order vender. They will give good service if the part is in stock. Their time estimates on backordered items are unreliable. The catalog is in the shop, it is worth looking through just to see what is available.

Scandic Springs, Inc.
901 Montague Avenue
San Leandro, CA 94577
(510) 352-3700
Comments: Precision mechanical springs, in house fab. of springs, leaf spring, torsion spring Very friendly and helpful staff. They will give you free samples if you sound like you know what you are talking about.

Sharpe Products / Akron Fitting Company
2550 South 170th Street
New Berlin, WI  53151
(800) 879-4418
Comments: If you need to get some balls, this is the place. They’ve got plain steel balls, aluminum balls, and, for those tougher environments, stainless steel balls.

Small Parts, Inc.
13980 N.W. 58th Court
P.O. Box 4650
Miami Lakes, FL 33014-0650
Phone orders: (800) 220-4242 M-F, 8:00am-6:30pm (ET)
Fax: (800) 423-9009 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Comments: Rod ends, small threaded fasteners, hobby supplies, misc. hardware, small plastic stock, balls and spheres of different materials This is a mail-order vender. They will give good service if the part is in stock. Their time estimates on backordered items are unreliable. The catalog is in the shop, it is worth looking through just to see what is available.



Aura Hardwoods
210 Phelan Avenue
San Jose, CA
(408) 275-1990
Comments: Wood – hardwood and softwood. Great selection, good prices, nice people.

Bruce Bauer Lumber & Supply
134 San Antonio Circle
Mountain View, CA
(650) 948-1089
Hours: M-F 7:30 am – 5 pm, Sat & Sun 8am – 4:30pm
Comments: Decent selection of woods, and wood finishing supplies (oils, sandpapers, etc.). If you’re looking for hardwood, drive the extra few miles to Minton’s Lumber down the street.

Certainly Wood
13000 Route 78
East Aurora, NY 14052
(716) 655-0206 phone
(716) 655-3446 fax
Comments: Online retailer of a great selection of wood veneers.

1040 East Oakland Park Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33334
(954) 561-1716
Comments: Great supplier for general woodworking supplies and lumber.

Eco Timber
1020 Heintz
Berkeley, CA
(510) 549-3000
Comments: Lots of hardwood and softwood. Will cut to limited sizes.

1601 Production Road
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 284-3676 phone
Comments: Online retailer of custom veneer faces, flexible veneer, NBL wood-on-wood laminates, architectural veneer plywood, and edge-banding

Japan Woodworker
1731 Clement Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
(800) 537-7820
(510) 521-1810

Jasper Wood Products
500 East 13th Street
Jasper, IN 47547
(812) 482-3454 phone
(812) 482-9340 fax
Comments: Online retailer of plain and molded plywood.

Jordan International
1303 Elmer
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 592-7725
Hours: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 5 pm, Sat 9am – 3pm.
Comments: Domestic Hardwood, Exotic Hardwood, Hardwood plywoods, Edge banding, Veneers, Hardwood flooring, Staircase materials, Wood finish oils, Large, exotic selection of hardwoods and veneers. Don’t miss the veneer room… Will not cut any wood – buy it as you find it.

MacBeath Hardwood Company
930 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 843-4390
Comments: Great selection of hardwoods, very friendly staff, lots of places to browse for wood junkies. They also carry turning blanks.

Minton’s Lumber
455 W. Evelyn Avenue
Mountain View, CA
(650) 968-9201
Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm
Comments: Lumber, plywood, hardware, hardwood, masonite, nails, threaded fasteners, glue. Slightly overpriced, but well stocked lumber yard. Good selection of hardwoods. Good service and will cut hardwood to any requested size. Reasonable prices.

Northern Hardwoods
520 Mathew Street
Santa Clara, CA  95050
(408) 727-2211

Oak Hill Veneer
Route 14 North
Troy, PA 16947
(570) 297-4137 phone
(570) 297-5082 fax
Comments: Online supplier of a variety of veneers.

Plywood and Lumber Sales
2035 Newcomb Avenue
San Francisco, CA
(415) 648-7257 or
(800) 750-6009
Comments: Large inventory of high quality hardwood plywoods, melamine, MDF, particle board, etc.

Southern Lumber
1402 S. 1st. Street
San Jose, CA
(408) 294-1487
Hours: M-F 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm
Comments: Hardwood and softwood. Best all-around lumberyard in the area.

13423 Zander Road
Maribel, WI 54227
(920) 863-3571 phone
(888) 443-3461 phone
(920) 863-3570 fax
Comments: Online retailer of sheet veneers and edge-banding products.

6044 Dougherty Road
Dublin, CA  94568
(925) 875-9988 phone
Hours: m-f 9-9, sat 9-6, sun 9-5.
Comments: National woodworking tool and parts supplier with a local store up in Dublin. Reportedly terrible customer service, so be warned.



Aerospace Composite Products
14216 Doolittle Drive
San Leandro, CA
(800) 811-2009

American Science and Surplus
3605 Howard Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Comments: Lots of miscellaneous science stuff. Cheap. Look here for any random kind of stuff. Great website with hilarious descriptions.

Barron Park Plumbing Supply
377 San Antonio
Mountain View, CA
(650) 948-7160
Comments: Pipe fittings — abs, pvc, brass, steel, pipe. Great selection.

Bay Advanced Technologies
1460 O’Brien Drive
Menlo Park, CA
(800) 776-0770 phone
(650) 833-0880 phone
(650) 833-0835 fax
Comments: Pneumatic supplies, Pneumatic tubing, valves, fixtures.

Comments: Online dealers of a plethora of casters. Located in Canada, these guys are very friendly and responsive.

Color Vu
2245 Old Middlefield
Mountain View, CA
(650) 969-5291
Comments: Custom transfer lettering and logos (INT’s).

Consumer Scientific
1411 W. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040
(415) 967-5515
Comments: Science products, nature products.
1289 21st Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 753-8311 phone
(415) 753-8232 fax
Comments: Tons of foam info and supplies.

4085 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 494-1416
Comments: Clothing, appliances, household goods.

Herzog Engraving
910 S. Amphlett Boulevard
San Mateo, CA
(650) 340-1622
Comments: Produce raised graphic and lettering plates for embossing and stamping. Quick turn-around.

Holzmueller Productions
1000 25th Street
San Francisco, CA  94107
(415) 826-8383
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Comments: Theatrical supply company up in the city that provides velvet “curtains” for $35/day for an 8ft tall x 12ft wide sheet.

J. Carroll Corporation
113 Cross Street
San Luis Obispo, CA
(800) 377-3586
Comments: T-shirt printer.

Kelley Paper
4227 Middlefield Avenue @ San Antonio
Mountain View, CA
Comments: Paper supplier.

249 California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA  94306
(650) 328-3381 phone
(650) 328-7518 fax
Hours: 24/7
Comments: Ask for the 20% Student Discount.

Musson Theatrical
890 Walsh Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 986-0210 or
Comments: Good source for muslin to make canvasses on the cheap. Very friendly service.

R. S. Hughes
1162 Sonora Court
Sunnyvale, CA
(408) 739-3211
Comments: Adhesives, Abrasives, Safety supplies, Double stick tape, 3M products. Good stock on hand.

Rejuvenation Lamp and Fixture
2550 NW Nicolai Street
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 231-1900 phone
(888) 401-1900 phone
Comments: Makes and sells vintage light fixtures and light bulbs. Has some really cool Edison bulbs.

Renaissance Stone
Sculpture Studio and Gallery
751 Moorpark Street
Oakland, CA  94603
(510) 638-2404
Comments: Cozied away in the heart of Oakland lies this stone carving source. The gallery has an English garden replete with fountains and a friendly dog named Champ. The guy who runs it is very knowledgeable, as well as an accomplished sculptor. They sell marble, alabaster, soapstone, anhydrite, and limestone, and the tools to work them.

Team Losi
Comments: Huge selection of Radio Control stuff.

Tower Hobbies
Comments: Another huge selection of Radio Control stuff.

Toys “R” Us
202 Walnut Street
Redwood City, CA  94063
(650) 367-0186 phone

US Foam
630 Martin
Santa Clara, CA
(408) 988-6700 phone
Directions: 101 south, exit de la cruz, 3rd stop turn right on Martin , 1st building after railroad tracks.
Hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 4 pm.
Comments: Our source for the ubiquitous pink foam. Sells sheets of pink extruded polystyrene foam for model making. 4″ thick, 2×8′ $50. Beware, though, they won’t cut it for you, so plan to take it home with you in a large-ish vehicle.

Weird Stuff
384 West Caribbean Drive
Sunnyvale, CA  94089
(408) 743-5650
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Comments: Located a little ways down 101, Weird Stuff is like a cross between RA Enterprises and CompUSA. They have loads of old computer crap, monitor cables, software, more brushless fans than you’ve ever seen in one place, batteries, office junk, etc. So, if you’ve been meaning to replace that 5 1/4″ drive on your Mac 2e, check this place out.

Wonder Magnet
Comments: Primo source for super-strong, rare-earth magnets. Cheap prices. Accepts credit cards.

phone: (800) 209-2617
Comments: Makes foams produced from a wide range of polymers, including LDPE, HDPE PP, EVA copolymers and metallocene-catalyst-based foams. Ask Michael Flores for samples. Squishy: LD18. Medium: LD33. Hard LD70.  You can vary the cell size of each.  The bigger the cell, the more coarse the foam. There are fine, medium, and large cell foams.

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