Buying Surplus Industrial Goods
There are many ways to score randomnuts,bolts, gears and such. But certainly one of the best and most fun is industrial surplus suppliers. Many of them sell used parts and equipment at reasonable prices. The score I displayed above comes from an operation called Equipment Resale out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Although it is 106 miles from home, its well worth the drive. A couple weeks ago, I went there and was thoroughly impressed with the abundance of selection!
Small to HUGE Bolts and Nuts
Just to illustrate the sheer range of nuts and bolt sizes, I seen some bolts more than 2 inches thick and weighing every bit of 20 pound s a piece! Obviously structural bolts for bridges and buildings. They have sizes all the way down to the commonly used sized found in most home improvement stores. They charge by the pound so take a bucket.
Gears and Sprockets
Along with an impressive selection of nuts,bolts, and related hardware, they also stock machine gears,sprockets, chains, and pulleys. If not for art, you may find enough here to build your own machinery! The gear in the picture is in their entrance area and stands 6 feet tall. Probably, it is 6 to 8 inches thick and weighs a few tons. Most of the money I spent in my first haul was for the gears I got. They charged me flat fee of $5. All the bolts and fasteners I got were just $13.
Industrial Desk Organizer
My first creation was this Industrial Desk Organizer. The center piece is a huge hex nut about 5 inches across. It seems to add a substantial solid quality to this functional sculpture. I also plan to be making some shelf brackets and door pulls in the near future. I am open to suggestions for my creations.