Resources

Welcome to a list of resources for materials for projects. Sometimes its a specific connector, or electronic component, or type of wood, plastic, metal, or maybe a specific adhesive, paint or chemical. Here is where you can find ideas on where to purchase that specific something you need for your project to be just right.

General - Online

Retailers listed here are good sources for multiple types of resources listed above.

  • Amazon - www.amazon.com - THE online retail giant. Prime subscription often allows for delivery in as little as two days.
  • eBay - www.ebay.com - The global online flea market. When you can't find it any where else, you probably can find it here, though usually more expensive and longer ship times.
  • Micromark - www.micromark.com - has both tools and materials for smaller-scale projects. Caters to model makers (cars/boats/trains/planes, etc)
  • Woot! - www.woot.com - Has daily deals. Had an Ender3 for $175 a few weeks ago.

General - Local

Retailers listed here are good sources for multiple types of resources listed above.

  • Harbor Freight - www.harborfreight.com - Located in Altoona & Lock Haven, as well as several other towns.
  • Home Depot - www.homedepot.com - West end of State College at Valley View & North Atherton.
  • Lowes - www.lowes.com - West end of State College at Valley View & North Atherton.
  • Bi-lo Plumbing - www.bilosupply.com - A plumbing supply store. Often the only supplier for black iron pipe & fittings.
  • Tractor Supply - www.tractorsupply.com - Rural retailer as the name implies. Has a decent selection of tools, both cheap and better quality, as well as connector hardware. Located on Benner Pike out passed Nittany Mall.

Tools & Fasteners

Tools are any equipment for buildings, regardless of the type of making it is used for. You'll find dealers for soldering irons, 3D printers, wood-working, welding, etc.

  • Weller - www.weller-tools.com - Weller is a well known, long-lived supplier of quality soldering irons and related tools.
  • Fastenal -
  • Willams Bros - - High Quality Tools
  • Ace Hardware

Electronics

Circuit boards, resistors, capacitors, Arduinos & Raspberry Pi's, LEDs, etc.

  • Adafruit - www.adafruit.com - More expensive, but definitely better quality parts and service. LEDs, servos, Arduinos, etc.

Plastic

Plastics can be sheets for the laser cutter/engraver, or stock for building projects.

  • Plastic-Craft - www.plastic-craft.com - A reputable dealer of plastic shapes/materials, tools, and adhesives.

Wood

Wood could be sheets that are good for the laser cutter/engraver, or boards/panels for projects.

  • KenCraft Company - www.kencraftcompany.com - A highly recommended dealer of hardwoods in the Toledo area that has an online store and ships throughout the US.
  • Lezzers' Lumber

Metals

  • Altoona Pipe & Steel -
  • Chambersburg Pipe & Steel -

Computers

Some places to get addition components to expand your computer's capabilities, or to do custom mods.

  • Performance PCs - www.performance-pcs.com - One of the best custom modding & watercooling retailers.
  • NewEgg - www.newegg.com - One of the better known places for computer & computer component deals. Look for their "Shell Shocker" daily discount deals.

Arts & Crafts

  • Michael's
  • Jo-Ann Fabrics
  • KnitPicks - knitpicks.com - yarn & equipment for knitting & crocheting
  • Ravelry - ravelry.com - patterns as well as knitting & crocheting social network

2nd Hand Sales

  • Goodwill
  • St. Vincent De Paul's
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • CentrePeace
  • FaithCentre
  • G&R Demolition (Tyrone)
  • Hunters Warehouse
  • Lion Surplus - Surplus.PSU.edu - PennState's (PSU) suplused equipment & goods "retail" store. Lots of computers, office equipment, and similar items.
  • Surplus City (Bellwood) - www.surpluscityinc.com - As the name suggests, a surplus dealer, especially useful for metal and/or fasteners; also carries tools, electrics, plumbing, and a host of other items. Located between Tyrone & Altoona.

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