Wrench Toy

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Project by spunwood posted 09-05-2010 01:35 PM 2298 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a toy for my son (3) so that he could learn how to tighten and loosen bolts with a wrench or ratchet. Well this works…kind of. I counter sunk the lock nuts into two pieces of wood. Getting the correct depth was tricky. The bigger problem is that there is not pressure to help the bolts hold still while loosening and tightening. If I did it again, I would try to thread some springs onto the bolts. It still can be tightened and loosened, so it is basically a success, and my daughter (1+) was hammering on it yesterday. She obviously recognized the fun factor!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 03:48 PM

It’s great that you’re getting your kids in the shop with little activities like this. I used to have so much fun in my Dad’s shop when I was younger- he gave me a Skil Twist (the battery powered screwdriver) and a bunch of screws and a kitchen sponge, and I would stand on our B&D Workmate with the sponge clamped in (really!) and just screw those screws in for hours on end.

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#2 posted 09-05-2010 04:59 PM

GReat idea spunwood!
Edziu, my kids play with the same things… skill batery screwdriver… and he they keep disasembling their toys :D


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Mike Fritz

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 06:14 PM

Great for fine motor skill development – I’m always looking for that for my grandson. Thanks for sharing!

-- Mike Fritz, Cinnaminson, NJ

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#4 posted 09-05-2010 10:13 PM

Ah, the simpest toys can often be the best. Looks like many hours will be spent playing with it.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 10:34 PM

Very cool and simple idea. Great way to get them both started early. The springs on some bolts would more then likely help with the tension issue, did you glue the nuts into place?


btw.. a belated welcome.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 09-06-2010 06:57 AM

Great idea to get the children involved and let them learn from doing.

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

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#7 posted 09-06-2010 02:31 PM

NormG, I used lock nuts which won’t come off once they are ratched on. Thanks for the welcome.


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Lewis Baumstark, Jr.

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#8 posted 09-06-2010 03:04 PM

Another possibility would be to use insert nuts.

I would have had a blast with this when I was a kid. I might even have fun with it now. :)

-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting that order.

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 12-17-2010 05:20 PM

That is much better than learning to text or sit in front of a TV. Good going.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 01-03-2011 07:36 PM

Great idea… my son will be 1 soon. I’m putting together ideas now… thanks

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#11 posted 09-16-2011 07:55 AM

Cool toy. Whats that behind it. Is it the bottom of a Roubo bookstand?

-- Lotidus

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#12 posted 09-16-2011 06:48 PM

Ha! It’s just a kitchen play set!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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