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 Steel - 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.

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.

Superior Cutting Service - 13181 Driesenga Dr, Holland, MI 49424 (616)399-3400

Laser cutting metal, wire EDM, EDM drilling, and fabrication.


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.

Model Cave - 103 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (734)316-2281

Specialty tools and supplies for crafts, scale modeling and war games. Styrene shapes and sheets (Evergreen), brass structural shapes (K&S), airbrushes. Lots of small pliers, jewelers files, tiny drill bits, and similar hard-to-find items. Jon and Melissa are helpful and will gladly special-order items they don't stock.

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.

Mans Lumber & Millwork - 2275 S. Industrial Hwy, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734)217-3260

Plywood & lumber.

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.

KenCraft Company - 821 N Westwood Ave, Toledo, OH 43607 (419)536-0333

Domestic & exotic lumber, tools and accessories.

General Hardwood Company - 7201 East McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48212 (800)239-6077

Hardwood lumber & mouldings.

Tree-Purposed - 13340 Merriman Road, Livonia, MI 48105 (734)506-8583

Michigan live-edge slabs.

Woodcraft - 42102 Ford Rd, Canton, MI 48187 (734)981-6808

Tools, hardware, wood & finishing supplies.

Rockler - 26160 Ingersol Dr, Novi, MI 48375 (248)543-5110

Tools, hardware, wood & finishing supplies.


TinkerTech - 216 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (734)707-8019

Electrical components for electronics! Things like resistors, capacitors, 555 timers, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, small motors & servos, etc.


Stadium Hardware - 2177 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (734) 663-8704

Wet/dry sandpaper, brass wool, base metals, drill bits #60 and bigger

G&S Metals and Refiners - (near Jackson Road in Ann Arbor) (800)852-3860 - you must call to establish an account, then you can pick up locally

Precious metals

Armstrong Tool & Supply - 31541 Eight Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152 (248)474-1600

Jewelry supply store

C R Hill Co - 2734 W Eleven Mile Rd, Berkley, MI 48072 (248)543-1555

Jewelry supply store

Alro Steel - 2466 S. Industrial Hwy, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734)213-2727

Base metals and interesting things


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.

Rio Grande Jewelry Supply - 7500 Bluewater Rd, Albuquerque, NM 87121 (800)545-6566

All your jewelry needs

The Contenti Company - 515 Narragansett Park Dr, Pawtucket, RI 02861 (401)305-3000

All your jewelry needs

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