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    Parts sources

    (I hope the mods will make this a sticky, and that others will contribute to the thread.)
    People who build stuff typically need small parts that they can't find at the local big-box home improvement store.

    General industrial parts and supplies, adhesives, fasteners, everything:
    McMaster-Carr Supply Co (super company) http://www.mcmaster.com

    Small gears, shafts, racks and pinions, both English and metric:
    Stock Drive Products (excellent vendor) http://www.sdp-si.com

    Knobs, fasteners, and many other parts (some not small):
    Reid Supply http://www.reidsupply.com/

    Optical stuff... A bewildering assortment, and a lousy website:
    Edmund Optics http://www.edmundoptics.com

    There used to be a company that specialized in small parts, but it's apparently been bought out and I won't recommend it.

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    Re: Parts sources

    Excellent idea!

    We additional for:

    Short length Brass tubing.

    0.5 - 1mm leather.

    Small quantities of Walnut, Real spanish mahogany and Cherry.

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    Re: Parts sources

    Electronics http://digikey.com

    High quality structural wood and metal (aircraft grade) http://www.aircraftspruce.com/index.html

    Anyone use this vendor or have a recommendation for online parts fabrication? http://www.emachineshop.com/

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    Re: Parts sources

    Digi-Key is an excellent vendor, with a broad selection of electronic products.
    They do apply a service charge ($5 IIRC) on orders < $25 (my orders are never < $25).

    Mouser carries basically the same products, with better prices: http://www.mouser.com
    No minimum order.

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    Re: Parts sources

    We could use a scientific supply/parts source for, say, thermometers and other instruments of fine precision. Whoops, I mean accuracy. Wait, I mean precision...

    Leigh, I think you once offered a good link from on old “best thermometer” thread?

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    Re: Parts sources

    McMaster-Carr (above) has a broad selection of thermometers and similar instruments.
    That's probably what I gave, since I order from them weekly.

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    Re: Parts sources

    Here’s a related link for lab parts, equipment & supplies: Novatech.

    (Thanks to a remembered link from Cyrus.)

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    For wood and metal CNC, 3d printing and laser cutting Ponoko is easy to use and reasonable prices.
    Radio Control oriented shops like Hobby-Lobby are a good source for brass tubing, hobby wood (balsa etc..) and even small quantities of carbon fiber.

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    Re: Parts sources

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    (I hope the mods will make this a sticky, and that others will contribute to the thread.)
    People who build stuff typically need small parts that they can't find at the local big-box home improvement store.

    General industrial parts and supplies, adhesives, fasteners, everything:
    McMaster-Carr Supply Co (super company) http://www.mcmaster.com

    Small gears, shafts, racks and pinions, both English and metric:
    Stock Drive Products (excellent vendor) http://www.sdp-si.com

    Knobs, fasteners, and many other parts (some not small):
    Reid Supply http://www.reidsupply.com/

    Optical stuff... A bewildering assortment, and a lousy website:
    Edmund Optics http://www.edmundoptics.com

    There used to be a company that specialized in small parts, but it's apparently been bought out and I won't recommend it.

    - Leigh
    +1 vote to make this sticky

    Could also add;

    http://www.micro-tools.com/store/ite...x?ItemCode=LV1

    http://people.rit.edu/andpph/text-ding-repair.html

    http://www.kyphoto.com/classics/filterringtool.html

    from Peter J. De Smidt's reply to my earlier question on repairing dings on filter rings.

    And http://www.protostar.biz/flock.htm

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