On Thursday, August 8, 2013 9:12:16 AM UTC-6, Bob La Londe wrote:
coated) wrenches that come with a lot of power tools for changing blades,
bits, discs, etc. They look like they are stamped out of sheet. I am certai
nly not going to make a stamping die for one wrench, but I am sure I could
cut one out of flat stock on the mill when I need one and a regular mechani
cs wrench won't fit. The thing is I don't know what steel to use. How about
an inexpensive alloy that might be easily heat treatable. I don't think su
rface hardening would help for a wrench or a spanner as the cross section w
ould still be softer, but maybe somebody who knows better could speak up?
Pays to be a scrounger. I've seen bins of this stuff in pawn shops and "ba
rgin" stores, collect a few sorts and grind to fit whatever you have. For
one-offs, some of the regular-style wrenches can be collected and cut/weld
ed/brazed to whatever location some twisted engineer figured out where to p
ut a bolthead or nut. My dad had a bucket of such tools that he collected
from LOLs, estate sale residue and the like. Came in handy. Vertical belt
grinders make short work of widening wrench gaps to fit.
If you need something a little more formal, O1 makes a decent tool, ground
flat stock is available, if not as cheap as it once was. Then there's chun
ks of OCS if you're in scrounger mode. But it may take you a lot longer t
han just modifying an existing wrench. Dunk it in purple paint, grind off
the markings, restamp it or something so you don't grab it sometime thinkin
g it's the size wrench that's marked and finding out that it truly isn't so
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