Great news, everyone: The BOM team has successfully sourced a large number of hardware-related parts, and has found some great prices at a company called McMaster-Carr. After working with the accounting team, it looks like all the hardware is going to be within our hardware budget, and so I’ve gone ahead and placed the first order for parts!
This order includes all the nuts, screws, washers, and smooth rods. I actually went through the list and compared it to some parts that I have on-hand. In some cases where we only needed a couple of screws I went ahead and removed them from the order if I already had them. This should save us a few dollars. I also have a couple of the springs we’ll need. (Jacob and I picked up a couple extra springs last time we were at Ace Hardware.)
The most expensive part on the order was the smooth rod. We needed 2.4 meters, and because it is sold in 3-foot sections, we ended up ordering 9 feet (about 2.75 meters). The cost of the rod alone was over US$14!
Once I find out from McMaster-Carr what they’ll be charging me for shipping, I’ll be able to get a complete list of the expenses for this store (source) over to the accounting team.