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Old 16-07-2015, 10:18 PM
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I went to a local factory that makes custom kitchen counters and scored a 1mx30cm piece of some anonymous grey laminate from their scrap pile for free. It's not the famous ebony star, but nevertheless gives a low friction surface and was a huge improvement over the previous material I was using, Teflon on melamine. So +1 to the tips below about going to kitchen places. I paid nothing but brought a little money just in case they asked. I had called in advance explaining that I just needed a scrap of laminate for a project and asked if they had a "bin to raid".

Question on some other stuff:

What would be a good source for inexpensive hex bolts (i.e. 150mm M10 stainless steel). They're about $6ea at Bunnings, but can anyone recommend either locally (Perth) or online a place that can sell them at a significant discount to that? I need enough of them to make it worth my while saving a couple of bucks...

Also, carbon fibre tubes for dobsonian trusses. I've Googled and found a few places that sell 1M lengths. Anywhere longer tubes can be bought at a reasonable price?

Alternatively, since I'm aware CF is still crazily expensive, where's a good place to buy Aluminium tubes for the same purpose?
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Old 24-07-2015, 08:09 AM
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Bolts from http://www.metrobolts.com.au/Pages/index.html

In Melbourne and have everything I would want.

For Brass bits and they have (when I went in) a decent off cuts bin


Aluminium Trade Centre as mentioned before is also good.


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Old 05-02-2016, 05:24 PM
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Does anyone know where i can get carbon fiber rod
In Australia or Melbourne?
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Old 05-02-2016, 06:52 PM
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I've seen it at Small Parts and Bearings in Capalaba (Brisbane). They're a hobby and parts shop (eg remote cars/helis etc), so maybe try something equivalent in Melbourne?
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Old 07-01-2021, 08:13 PM
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UNC Bolts etc

The Fastener Warehouse is pretty good for UNC fasteners. They are in Brisbane and sell on eBay.
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