Market Monday: Lee Valley Tools

This week’s Market Monday is Lee Valley Tools. Lee Valley has a wide selection of woodworking tools along with some gardening supplies and hardware. They have a great selection of hand tools and they are typically the odd little tools that make a job easier but you didn’t know where to get them.

Powder Coating Adventures

My kitchen cabinets have no hardware and I have a bunch of cheap brass and aluminum pulls from ReStore. They looked fine in the package in the store but once home, it turns out they were slightly different colors and finishes. Rather than return or resell them since I got 22 pulls for about $10, I stripped them down with a wire brush.

Stripped handles

This is the point where I learned exactly what they were. I had some suspicions they were not all brass or steel but I didn’t expect aluminum. This isn’t a bit problem since I will powder coat all of them in matte black.

Powder Coated Handle

Once I figure out a good way to hang several of these in the oven at once, I’ll get them all sprayed and baked.

Market Monday: Parts Express

This week’s Market Monday is Parts Express. Parts Express is a great source for a lot of electronic parts, but specifically home and car audio supplies and parts along with pro audio and speaker components. They even have quite a selection of vacuum tubes.

Market Monday: Caswell Plating

This week’s Market Monday is Caswell Plating. Caswell sells DIY metal plating kits, anodizing supplies, polishing supplies, and more. They are a great resource for metal finishing supplies.