Source for Tiny Rivets, Wood Screws, and Nails

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  1. Frank R

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    I am looking for a source for small tubular rivets that were used on old cameras. I tried smallparts.com but all they had were solid copper rivets.

    I am also looking for a source for the tiny wood screws and nails (escutcheon pins) used on old wood cameras.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Frank,
    if the rivets can be solid aluminum rivets, Wick's and Aircraft Spruce would have -3 rivets (3/32 dia) and a limited range of -2 (1/16 dia).

    same sources may have smaller screws and nails, but I'd try to find any other source first. (aircraft related bits aren't exactly cheap)

    Out of curiosity, have you tried McMaster?

    erie
     
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    Where are you ? Lee Valley I think has everything but the rivets.
     
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    Thanks, Lee Valley will do for the escutcheon pins. The wood screws I have removed from old cameras are far smaller and finer than what they have available though.
     
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    How about a hobby shop for the model airplane/ railroad crowd? They often have tiny fasteners.
     
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    Thanks, it looks like they have smaller tubular rivets.

    Now, if I could just find a source for those really cool tiny wood screws...
     
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    Tried them yesterday. Good for small bolts and nuts but not what I am looking for.
     
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    Go to: www.mcmastercarr.com and use their search function. They have tubular rivets and wood screws as small as #2. I didn't look, but they probably have the escutheon pins too. In my experience, if Mcmaster doesn't have it I don't need it. They are wonderful to deal with also.

    Richard Wasserman
     
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    They sure are good, I found some stuff there.

    But the small wood screws are too fat. I should upload a photo of what I am looking for compared to what is available out there.
     
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    Thanks, that was good. I am definately bookmarking these sites for future reference. They don't show pictures of some of their products though. I will order a catalog to see if they do there.
     
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    Another good link, thanks.

    Does anyone know what the diameter of a #0 wood screw is?
     
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    Any hobby shop that sells model airplanes, cars or trains carries a stock of both English and Metric screws, washers, bolts and rivets along with a lot of oddball things you would never imagine.

    Try www.walthers.com

    PE
     
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    I might add that Walthers sells both wood and metal screws and fasteners and the drills, taps and dies for these tiny sizes down to 0090.

    PE
     
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    Aha! It looks like a #0 wood screw is .060" in diameter. These might be the wood screws I am looking for.

    My local hobby shop did not carry those however. Thanks for that link.
     
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    Good.

    Walthers is a nationally known company with a very good reputation in the US for over 50 years. You can rely on them. They are well known in the hobby industry and have over 8 pages of screws alone.

    PE
     
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    I used to get the Walthers catalog when I was a kid and working with scale model trains. It is nice to know the hobby is thriving.
     
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    Look at the train photo in my gallery. I have a few of them yet to post.

    PE
     
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    Micro fasteners has a lot more than they list on the web site. Things like the #0000 screws and some oddball tiny metric stuff. I forget what the smallest wood screw is though. I've ordered from them a few times, and it's always really fast.

    Also, most hobby stores are super expensive for a package of screws, they are normally my last resort.
     
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    The following formula will give the nominal dia of normal screws.

    .060 + (.013 x scr no.) = nominal diameter of number sized screws.

    This makes it easy to know screw sizes- no chart necessary.
     
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    Thanks for the great thread and this link!

    I just ordered some #2 brass screws I had been looking for. The packs of 100 were amost the same price as the other screws (pack of 5) I bought from Home Depot. If anyone needs some of these let me know and I'll send some along. There's no way I'll ever use the 95 I have left :smile:

    Alan.
     
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    Depending on what size you needed, I might have been able to save you the trouble. I think my brass #2 is 1/4 inch, which is about 1.5 turns aroud the shaft. They still hold pretty well if you counter sink the heads.
     
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    Turns out McMasters is very close to where I live. They were waiting for me when I got home. I've heard of same day shipping but this was same day delivery!