Fabrication Shops


Modeling supplies

Hub Hobby
6416 Penn Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423
Scale lumber, cars, people, trees. If it's small it's here.

Scale Model Supplies
458 Lexington Parkway North
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Calling itself Minnesota's largest hobby store, SMS sells model railroading supplies, new and discontinued model kits, slot car racing and supplies, die cast cars, model rocketry, and much much more!

Bud Nosen Models
P.O. Box 105
710 23rd Ave Industrial Park
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Supplier to the Workshop, best prices we've found on basswood, balsa and thin plywood stock.

National Balsa Co.
251 Wilbraham Road
Monson, MA 01057

Miniature Tree
8521 Westminster Blvd., Suite 100
Westminster, CA 92683
Miniature Tree claims to sell the finest miniature trees for architectural, model railroad, diorama, and film backdrop purposes.

Wood and wood products

Youngblood Lumber
1335 Central Avenue N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Hardwoods, exotics, big (8" x 24" x 24' mahogany) and little. Students buy at wholsale prices! This is where woodworkers in the Twin Cities buy hardwoods.

Forest Products Supply

2650 Hwy 61 
Maplewood, MN 55109


FPS has a large selection of hardwoods and exotic woods. There are over 70 species of wood in stock. We also have a great selection of sheetgoods, plywood, melamine, hardboard, etc.  FPS sells shorts cheap.

Siwek Lumber & Millwork
2536 Marshall Street N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Close-outs, odd lots, used stock, common grade; the most for the least - kind of the AxMan of lumber.

Natural Built Home

4020 Minnehaha Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55406


Natural Built Home is your one-stop shop for eco-friendly building supplies in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  they carry bamboo floors, non-toxic paint, recycled glass tile and much more.

Wood From the Hood 
(612) 581-0252
Minnehaha Avenue north of Lake Street
High quality lumber and custom wood products recycled from the Twin Cities urban forest.

Salvage, reuse and recycling

PPL Shop
850 15th Avenue N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Affiliated with the non-profit Project for Pride in Living. An odd mix of used office furniture, building materials, seized stolen goods, and donated surplus. Across Central Avenue from Youngblood Lumber.

AX-MAN Surplus
1639 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Unusual stuff, high quality, creative matter. Additional locations in Fridley, St. Louis Park and Crystal..

Bauer Brothers Salvage
2432 2nd Street North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Sellers of used building materials. Five stories of fun! Everything and the kitchen sink, in a no-holds-barred, everyone for themselves, if you get lost that's your problem, atmosphere. Prices relate somehow to how much you annoy the staff and the amount of stuff you buy -- more is less.

Other stuff

McMaster Carr
6100 Fulton Industrial Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30336
The purveyor of the "Big Yellow Book" you often see shop staff browsing at our bench. An excellent source for everything from laser beams to toilet seats, but especially good for hard to find hardware and material items. Order before 3:00pm and it will be here tomorrow. Ask to see the "Big Yellow Book" the next time you're in the shop, but don't try to take it.

Discount Steel and Aluminum
216 27th Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
All manner of metallic materials. Plain to fancy, cheap to expensive.

AX-MAN Surplus
1639 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Unusual stuff, high quality, creative matter. Additional locations in Richfield and Fridley.

Ambles Machinery, Hardware, and Tools
2109 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
The name says it all: almost. Within biking/walking distance to campus - AxMan on steriods.