French wrench restoration

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Project by pastahill posted 253 days ago 829 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few month ago i found this very old “French Wrench” ( i love this word ). Now it was time to restore it. The handle was cracked, so i made a new one out of cherry. I sanded and polished the metal to a nice shine and grinded the inside of the clawes that it closes corectly, because it had a lot of wear. Now it works correctly and smooth. The handle has a hexagonal shape and was turned on my small lathe. A few coates of BLO and shellac gives a nice protection and colour.

-- If anybody find spelling mistakes, can keep them!

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#1 posted 253 days ago

Good job on the restore!

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#2 posted 253 days ago

very nice work !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 253 days ago

A great restore! And a nifty looking tool, sure would like to find one for myself!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 252 days ago

Not sure if you’re aware but there was a great article written about the ‘French Wrench’ here at WK FineTools. There are always cool stories behind these old tools.


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#5 posted 252 days ago

I love it!

Never seen one like that before with a left and right-handed thread. Thanks for posting.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#6 posted 250 days ago

Nice. Thanks for the link BareFeet. I am still unsure of the main use of that tool, but it’s so great to keep old tools alive. Good job.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#7 posted 248 days ago

Great looking tool! It looks like new. Well made handle and great restore.

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