Materials & Resources

Suggestions from Maker Works staff and members on where to buy supplies for your projects.
If you have a favorite supplier, please submit your own recommendation at the bottom of the page.

Local Businesses

Hardware Stores

Stadium Hardware - 2177 West Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 734.663.8704

A great many, if not all, of your hardware needs. Has a large assortment of "small parts" bins. Very knowledgeable staff.


Alro Metals Plus - 2466 S. Industrial Hwy, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734.213.2727

In house: vast selection of metals (steel, stainless, aluminum, brass, etc.) and plastics, some tools. Be sure to check out their “drops” section for cheaper prices on great material.
Special order: any plastic or metal you can imagine.

Ann Arbor Welding Supply - 4811 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734.572.0444

Welding, plasma cutting, and general metal working supplies. Highly recommended, nice folks. We get all our gas and many consumables there.

Airgas - 780 State Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 734.668.9859

Welding and plasma cutting supplies. Nearby.

E.W. Duffy Mechanical Tubing - 222 Park St.,Troy, MI 48083 313.841.8600

Steel, stainless, aluminum tube & pipe .

VanBuren Steel - 327 Davis St., Belleville, MI 48111 734.697.8609

Various options in steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. Good steel prices.

Metal Mart - 31164 Dequindre Warren MI 48092 586.977.5820

Hard-to-find and exotic materials, precision cutting services .

Cortar Laser - 12828 Emerson Drive Brighton, MI 48116 248.446.1110

laser cutting flat metal blanks, steel forming and weldments .


Scrap Box - 581 State Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 734.994.0012

A store filled with hundreds of interesting objects: ribbons; buttons; beads; paper; colorful rip-stop nylon; sturdy paper tubes; bamboo-like sticks; yellow spongy cylinders; and little foam squigglies. Constantly-changing inventory.

Adams Outdoor Advertising -880 James L Hart Parkway Ypsilanti, MI 48197-9790 734.327.8999

48' x 15' 'tarps' that are printed with advertising on one side, leftover from printing billboards.


All America Plywood - 18840 John R., Detroit, MI. 48203 313.891.6880

Hardwood plywood, MDF, and a variety of other specialty materials. You can get delivery to Maker Works. We can also add you to our orders.

Johnson's Workbench - 563 North Cochran Avenue, Charlotte, MI 48813 (800) 292-5937

Lumber (including exotics), plywood (including specialty), veneer, panels, marine lumber.

Urbanwood - inside the ReUse Center - 2420 S. Industrial Highway Ann Arbor, MI, 48104 (517)851-2372

Locally-harvested hardwoods.

B&B Heartwoods -5444 Whitmore Lake Rd., Ann Arbor, MI, 48105 (734) 332-9525

Rough-sawn lumber, milling & sanding services.

Toledo Plywood - 1011 N. Westwood Ave. Toledo, Ohio 43607 (800)686-1684

Hardwood plywood, lumber, particle board, MDF.

Armstrong Millworks - 3039 W Highland Rd Highland, MI 48357 (248)887-1037

Milled and shaped wood products made from all domestic hardwoods, as well as around 20 exotic woods.


Habitat ReStore - 170 Aprill Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (734) 822-1530

New and gently used building materials, furniture, appliances.

Reuse Center - 2420 S. Industrial Highway Ann Arbor, MI, 48104 (734) 222-7880

Household and building materials.


Lowe’s - 3900 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (734) 477-5980

Home Depot - 3300 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (734) 975-1029

Menards - 6405 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (734) 997-0603

 Online-only Suppliers

OSH Park - online orders

PCB production.


PCB production. Startlingly low prices, good quality. We use for our Learn to Solder badges.

Tape Jungle - (877)284-4781

Every kind of tape imaginable. - online orders (877)232-6865

Various types of expanded and perforated steel, metal and fiberglass grating . - online orders (734) 926-8329

Felts, felt balls, hand sewing projects.

eStreetPlastics - online orders (972) 722-2513

Plastics - clear & colored plexiglass, ploycarbonate, acrylic rods, tubes, non glare plexi, and styrene sheets

Inventables - online orders, (312)775-7009

Wood, plastics, waxes, foams, metals and more materials for carving and laser-engraving

US Plastic Corp (Lima, OH)

Plastics of many kinds in sheet, rod, pipe, etc., including acrylic, HIPS.

Contractors Steel Co. - (No retail store, order only) (734)464-4000

Steel tubing, rounds, square, sheet, plate, etc.

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