One Of The Best Catalogs For Making, Let’s Build

For long time, one of the best catalogs for inspiration to me was the catalog from Small Parts Inc.  This was a great small catalog of the kind of stuff that you might need for making.  The catalog had small bearings, gears, heat shrink tube, wire and small tubing, along with a ton of the little things that you might need for a project.

Unfortunately Small parts was sold to Amazon back in 2010 or so.  Who, rather than maintaining a degree of separation, folded Small Parts into the general Amazon search pile.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dindustrial&field-keywords=

Fortunately somebody has saved a copy of the Small Parts catalog on the internet, here.

http://www.smallparts2.com/

http://www.smallparts2.com/catalogs-files/Small%20Parts%20Inc%202003%20Catalog%2022.pdf

Then the question is where do you get stuff.

For general hardware, McMaster Carr, no question.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#

Well for metals and some plastics, Online metals is a good source.

http://www.onlinemetals.com/

K&S metals is a good source for very small quantities.

http://www.ksmetals.com/

For various wood sheets and plastics, Midwest Model supply.

http://midwestproducts.com/

For Gears and bearings, Stock Drive Products.

http://www.sdp-si.com/

And Wm Berg.

http://www.wmberg.com/

For small tools

Micro Mark.

http://www.micromark.com/

Technitool

http://www.techni-tool.com/

Victor Machinery Exchange.

http://www.victornet.com/

For clamps and other fixturing parts, Carr Lane is a very good source.

https://www.carrlane.com/en-us/

For small fasteners.

http://www.microfasteners.com/

http://jimorrisco.com/

Steel balls.

http://www.precisionballs.com/

New England Miniature  ball.

http://www.nemb.com/

For a lot of the stuff in the Small Parts Catalog, these people are what’s left after the Amazon sale.

http://www.componentsupplycompany.com/

Of course if all else fails use thomasnet to try to nail down your part.

http://www.thomasnet.com/

Knowing what exists and  how to find it can be a huge time saver in a project.  Knowing how to buy thing in quantity is crucial to creating a successful product.  Even though you can no longer use the Small Parts catalog to actually buy from, as a reference, it still remains a valuable resource.

The Let’s Build Series.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/tag/lets-build/

 

 

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4 comments

  1. CoolHand · September 13

    A couple of others to add to your excellent list:

    For electronics and related supplies – Mouser (http://www.mouser.com/), DigiKey (http://www.digikey.com/), and a new one to me Marlin P Jones & Associates Inc (what a name) (http://www.mpja.com/) Marlin has EVERYTHING an electronics tinker could ever ask for and then some.

    For metals I’ve have very good luck with Speedy Metals (http://www.speedymetals.com/) and ironically, the cheapest place I’ve found to buy aluminum bar stock is a place called Discount Steel (https://www.discountsteel.com/) nobody can touch them on alum bar, even including shipping.

    For large-ish and common bearings, my go-to place is Bearings Direct (https://bearingsdirect.com/)

    For industrial electrics and process control stuff, GALCO is a good resource, though they are not cheap (http://www.galco.com/)

    For magnets K&J Magnetics (http://www.kjmagnetics.com/)

    And finally, for lots of random tinker worthy “stuff”, there is always American Science and Surplus (https://www.sciplus.com/)

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  2. CoolHand · September 15

    Does this software automatically shunt any comment with a URL in it to spam?

    ‘Cause I spent the time a day or two ago to add links to several other very good resources here, and the comment has never shown up.

    What manner of deal is that?

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    • jccarlton · September 15

      Apparently, that’s where it sent the comment. Good stuff there and it should be posted now.

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  3. CoolHand · September 15

    Hmmm . . .

    One last try.

    A couple of others to add to your excellent list:

    For electronics and related supplies – Mouser (http://www.mouser.com/), DigiKey (http://www.digikey.com/), and a new one to me Marlin P Jones & Associates Inc (what a name) (http://www.mpja.com/) Marlin has EVERYTHING an electronics tinker could ever ask for and then some.

    For metals I’ve have very good luck with Speedy Metals (http://www.speedymetals.com/) and ironically, the cheapest place I’ve found to buy aluminum bar stock is a place called Discount Steel (https://www.discountsteel.com/) nobody can touch them on alum bar, even including shipping.

    For large-ish and common bearings, my go-to place is Bearings Direct (https://bearingsdirect.com/)

    For industrial electrics and process control stuff, GALCO is a good resource, though they are not cheap (http://www.galco.com/)

    For magnets K&J Magnetics (http://www.kjmagnetics.com/)

    And finally, for lots of random tinker worthy “stuff”, there is always American Science and Surplus (https://www.sciplus.com/)

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