Suppliers

Looking to buy materials, get services or get something done that isn't available at the PRL?
Here is a list of suppliers and service providers.

    Common Suppliers

  • McMasterCarr

    P.O. Box 54960, Los Angeles, CA

    (562) 692-5911, (562) 641-2800

    Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saturday 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM

    Even if you don’t buy your metal, plastic, tools, screws, fasteners, etc. from McMaster, definitely use it as an encyclopedic reference. Sells and tells you about nearly everything you’d want to use in the machine shop or welding room. Pros: has an amazing selection and is a good material reference. Cons: Takes time to ship, kind of expensive.

  • Alan Steel

    505 East Bayshore Road, Redwood City, CA 94063

    (650) 369-2526

    Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Nearby metal supplier, has stacks of material of all kinds. They sell by the pound, it’s expensive by weight but being able to have it cut to just the right amount often makes it cheaper than McMaster-Carr.

  • Palo Alto Hardware

    875 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

    (650) 327-7222

    Monday - Friday 7:30 am–8:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

    Great for small quantities, last-minute purchases, and easy access. Basic wood, small pieces of sheet metal, hinges, and fasteners sold by the box or by the screw. (don’t buy your hinges, clasps, or other hardware there) 7 minute bike ride from the PRL.

  • Tap Plastics

    312 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

    (650) 962-8430

    Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Plastic, plastic, plastic. In all forms, colors, shapes, sizes. They cut to size, so like Alan Steel they can be cheaper than McMaster-Carr.

  • Woodcraft

    40 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070

    (408) 297-9663

    Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (open till 8:00 Th), Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am -5:00 pm.

    Great for small chunks for turning or single planks of interesting wood. Expensive in large amounts. Also sells wood tools.

  • Southern Lumber

    1402 Monterey Highway San Jose, CA 95110

    (650) 631-9663

    Monday - Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm

    Lumberyard, quality wood at larger volumes. Nice plywood, planks, etc. with a good selection of exotic woods too.

  • Art Supplies

  • Accent Arts

    392 S. California Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94306

    (650) 424-1044

    Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

    Pretty disorganized, but friendly help and decent prices. Be sure to ask for the student discount.

  • University Art

    2550 El Camino Real Redwood City, CA 94061

    (650) 328-3500

    Monday, Friday, Saturday 9:30am - 5:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday 9:30am - 7:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm

    Carries all sorts of art supplies, drafting equipment, markers, paints, picture frames and framing supplies.

  • Electronics

  • Digi-Key

    (800) 344-4539

    Huge electronics parts company, with live online help in case you can't find something you need.

  • Fry's Electronics

    340 Portage Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306

    (650) 496-6000

    Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Best Buy’s slightly insane cousin, who insists on always wearing leather chaps and a cowboy hat.

  • Jameco

    1355 Shoreway Road, Belmont, CA 94002

    (650) 592-8097 or (800) 831-4242

    Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm.

    Call in your order and pick it up an hour later... or show up, place your order, and wait 15 minutes while they fill it. They carry pretty much everything electronic.

  • Fabric

  • Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts

    435 San Antonio Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94040

    (650) 948-5300

    Monday - Saturday 9am - 9pm, Sunday 10am - 6pm

    Fabric, sewing supplies, thread, notions, buttons. Huge.

  • Britex Fabrics

    146 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

    (415) 392-2910

    Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm

    This is it in terms of fabrics around here. These folks have it all. And we mean ALL. The staff is super helpful and will cut swatches of any fabric.

  • Glass

  • Sundance Art Glass Center

    6052 Foster Road,Paradise, CA 95969

    (800) 946-8452 or 530-872-3021

    Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30pm, Friday 9:00 am - 4pm

  • Bullseye Glass

    3722 SE 21st Ave.,Portland, OR 97202

    (503) 232-8887

    By appointment

    Sells a huge variety of glass and supplies. One of the best glassworking resources in the country.

  • General Hardware

  • Home Depot

    1781 E Bayshore Road,East Palo Alto, CA 94303 and 1125 Old County Road, San Carlos, CA 94070

    (650) 462-6800 or (650) 592 - 9200

    Monday - Saturday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sunday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

    The basics

  • Jewelry Supplies

  • The Bead Shop

    now only online

    (650) 386-6962

  • Frei and Borel

    P.O. Box 796, 126 Second Street, Oakland, CA 94604

    (510) 832-0355

    Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, closed 12:30-1:30 for lunch.

    Clock and watch parts, too.

  • Metal and Metalworking

  • NRI (formerly known as Accurate Powder Coating)

    436 South Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080

    (650) 589-3966

    Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    They also do sand and beadblasting. Very nice guy.

  • Alco Iron & Steel

    2140 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577

    (510) 562-1107

    Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    One of the best all-around places for aluminum and steel. Their prices are good, but they're a little far away. They have a ferrous and nonferrous yard as well.

  • Coast Aluminum

    30551 Huntwood Ave, Hayward, CA 94544

    (510) 441-6600

  • Paint

  • California Paint and Wallpaper

    360 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301

    (650) 326-9285

    Monday - Friday 7:00 am -5:30 pm, Saturday 8:00 am -5:00 pm

    House paints, wood finishes, spray cans -- krylon. Somewhat expensive, but close and complete.

  • San Carlos Paint and Body

    1177 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 90407

    (650) 593-4788

    Monday - Friday 8:00 am -5:00 pm

    Automotive lacquers, fillers, sandpaper, tools. Great selection, will mix colors.

  • Harrington Plastics

    2250 De La Cruz Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 95050

    (408) 748-1489

    Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Large diameter PVC. 20' lengths only, $2.00 to $3.00 / cut.

  • Small Parts

  • Applied Industrial Technologies

    255 E Brokaw Road, San Jose, CA 95112

    (408) 436-5464

    Seals, O-rings, Oilite Bushings, Plastic Bushings, Snap Rings, Rubber tubing, thread adhesive (locktight) Sometimes not too helpful, and frequently enforce minimum quantities.

  • Grainger

    1190 Kern Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085-3907

    (408) 470-1710

    Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Huge catalog and great web site for just about any part you could need.

  • Wood

  • Aura Hardwoods

    210 Phelan Avenue, San Jose, CA 95112

    (408) 275-1990

    Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday 8:00 pm - 12:00 pm

    Wood - hardwood and softwood. Great selection, good prices, nice people.

  • Bruce Bauer Lumber & Supply

    134 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040

    (650) 948-1089

    Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 5 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Decent selection of woods, and wood finishing supplies (oils, sandpapers, etc.). If you're looking for hardwood, drive the extra few miles to Minton's Lumber down the street.

  • Miscellaneous

  • ACP Composites

    78 Lindbergh Ave., Livermore, CA 94551

    (800) 811-2009

    Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • American Science and Surplus

    5316 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

    (888) 724-7587

    Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Central

    Lots of miscellaneous science stuff. Cheap. Look here for any random kind of stuff. Great website with hilarious descriptions.