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Dave's Workshop #18: Storing a set of cheapo stamped wrenches

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 10-15-2016 10:27 PM 1107 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is just one of those things. Some time ago I began to lament not having grabbed my dad’s set of stamped wrenches. There are times when you just need a thin wrench to get into a space and hold a nut or even turn it a bit. I eventually found a set on the smaller end on eBay to compliment my 3 Handy Andy wrenches from my childhood.

Very recently I found this set in our dollar store. That’s how cheap these are. I bought them and brought them home. Now I needed a way to store them out of the way, but close at hand just in case.

I drilled a small hole (1/8 inch) right into the ‘C’ in China on each wrench.

Then I sanded off the burr.

Then I hammered a finishing nail into a convenient stud and hung the wrenches on it. The hole is off center, so the weight of the long end will keep them hanging pretty straight. I don’t expect to use these often but the price was not to be argued with.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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NormG

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#1 posted 10-16-2016 12:10 AM

What a great bfind, you never know whast you may find in the dollar stores. great idea to offset the holes

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 10-16-2016 12:55 AM



What a great bfind, you never know whast you may find in the dollar stores. great idea to offset the holes

- NormG

Another benefit is that hanging these wrenches caused me to look through my other flat wrenches and hang them as well. My other ones were box end/open end, so I just hung them from the box end on a separate nail.

My 3 Handy Andy wrenches, still perfectly usable, I hung by two parallel nails as I didn’t want to spoil antiques from my childhood.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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nomercadies

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#3 posted 10-16-2016 04:11 AM

“antiques from my childhood”
And so it goes.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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htl

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#4 posted 10-16-2016 02:42 PM

Never know when you’ll need a super thin wrench which is not often but when you need one nothing else will get er done.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Dave Rutan

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#5 posted 10-16-2016 04:16 PM



Never know when you ll need a super thin wrench which is not often but when you need one nothing else will get er done.

- htl

And for something that I won’t often use, a buck is far better than what they charge for ‘bicycle’ wrenches!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 10-18-2016 12:05 AM

Having kept all my own bicycles running from the time I made my first one from spare parts as a kid, those
Park and other brand bicycle wrenches have earned their cost and then some. Although the costs of the
bicycles have gone up considerably. I could have bought a real good table saw for what I paid for my
Bianchi San Remo. They used to make good stamped wrenches that were sold in roll pouches as ignition
wrenches. They came with a special screwdriver that held the machine screws you used on the points and
condenser on the older cars. I believe is has been more than 10 years since I installed a set of points and
adjusted them on a old Bronco we put a hot rod 351 Cleveland in. Did not like stretching over the engine
on GMCs engines so we usually put electronic ignition in them. Kind of wandered off the topic, sorry did
not mean to hijack the thread.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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robscastle

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#7 posted 10-18-2016 10:10 AM

Cone Spanners….oh yes I remember them, great little tools they were too!

You may possibly get arrested for owning one these days!!

-- Regards Robert

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Dave Rutan

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#8 posted 10-18-2016 10:22 AM



Cone Spanners….oh yes I remember them, great little tools they were too!

You may possibly get arrested for owning one these days!!

- robscastle

Why so?

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#9 posted 10-18-2016 09:51 PM

Cone from memory is a slang term for dope, ...I think
So the reference to a cone spanner could be perceived as drug implements…who knows these days !!

You did good!!

-- Regards Robert

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#10 posted 10-18-2016 10:38 PM



Cone from memory is a slang term for dope, ...I think
So the reference to a cone spanner could be perceived as drug implements…who knows these days !!

You did good!!

- robscastle

You’ve added to my education twice. I looked up cone spanner to discover it’s another term for bicycle wrench. Then I learned it means something else as well. The term ‘cone’ wasn’t in my Hardy Boy’s Detective Handbook.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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