Anyone found a good source for odd screws in the SF bay area ?
Tried to find a "cheese head" metric screw today, no go.
Its for a machine part, so yea, it really needs to be a cheese
head (its the blade keeper on a 16" triumph paper cutter).
"Scott Moore" wrote: Anyone found a good source for odd screws in the SF
bay area ?
I have had good luck dealing with Bowlin Equipment, 1107 10th Street,
Berkeley, 510 527-8282. If they don't have it, they can often suggest a
source, and they're really nice people.
On Sun, 19 Sep 2004 06:09:17 GMT, Scott Moore
Try down around the docks, say Bay Street. I don't know if they
troll Lombard or Broadway any more with all those cops. What?
OH, you meant HARDWARE, didn't you. Sorry.
that's what you're after. Try these guys in San Jose, less
than an hour away (non-rush-hour on a good day.) ;)
Or you might run it past a print shop. They might know the local
hardware sources pretty well and could point you in the right
direction if they didn't stock one.
- Metaphors Be With You -
A cheese head screw is vey close in diameter, if not the same
diameter, as a fillister head screw. Which is the same diameter as a
socket head cap screw. At least that's how I remember it. Ah, here it
is. An example: M5 cheese head dia.= 8.5 to 8.14
M5 socket head dia. = 8.5 to 8.72
So, a metric SHCS screw will almost surely work if the bore is deep
enough. The SHCS head is a little taller. You could make the head
shorter by facing the socket end. I know it's not the same look but
maybe that doesn't matter to you. Or, you could just look a little
longer under the bench where the original probably rolled. :)
I figgered he knew about the diameter thing already but wanted the same
look as the other screws, so that's why I suggested starting with a pan
head. If the turned down head didn't come out quite thick enough, a
washer under it could raise it up a bit.
Or, you could just look a little
I still do what I did when I was a kid and lost a marble....
That's tossing an identical part under the bench, while keeping my eye
on where it's going, and saying, "Brother, go find your brother."
Only works if you are a true believer...
A frequently used tool in my home shop is a homemade "magnet stick", a
three foot long 1/2" dowel with a strong "rare earth" magnet securely
taped to its end. Ninty percent of the stuff I drop under the bench is
magnetic, so the odds are with me.
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Picture a wheel of cheese. (Yes, I know that it is seldom seen in
that shape these days.)
Now -- cut a slot across the top and you have something which
looks like a larger "cheese head" screw. No dome to the top -- totally
flat. No bevel on the edges -- totally cylindrical.
The ones which I have seen have had a totally *flat* head, not
domed. Otherwise, it would match the description of another type,
"fillister" head, I think.
A domed head would represent a spoiled wheel of cheese, I