This is an Easy  Re-purposed  DIY  tool..

I do a lot of tumbling of geodes which are amazing special rocks good for a tumble.

My large tumblers are a 9" barrels with rubberized innards that hold, a bunch of rocks,
in tap water, with a scoop of grinding grit and about 15% free air space = volume.. 
Then the barrels are sealed and rotated at 16 RPM 24/7 for about two weeks.

When spin time is right  the rocks ( geodes ) need to be looked at and
the tumbling barrel will have to be opened.
  • I have to unscrew the six 1/4-20 Wing-nuts per barrel
  • Which starts by using a pair of pliers to loosen each one of them.
  • Then finger un-twisting each of the Wing-nuts
  •  A future ible will describe why this is a Fascinating Hobby  
  • Then repeat this process in reverse.
  • Finger twist and tighten each of the Wing-nuts
  • Finally using a pair of pliers to tighten each one of them.
Using this  Wing Nut Key Driver   makes it so  Much Easier  and  Quicker  to open
then close the tumbler barrels.

Step 1: What You Need

The only hardware items you need are;
  • A Concrete Anchor.- - - - mine was left over from a recent deck extension.
  • And a 1/4-20 Wing-Nut and a bolt - - - to tune the Key for a best fit.

The tools that will be used are;
  • A 3 inch vice - - - - - - to squeeze the metal fingers together,  & yes mine is a 4".
  • A hack saw - - - - - - - to cut the iron anchor rod..
  • A grinder or rat file - - to dimple the Key fingers to clear the wing-nut center bulge.
  • A wire wheel - - - - - -  to remove the paint and smooth sharp metal edges.
<p>Great Idea! Real cool looking too; almost looks like a fleur de li. I might start using wing nuts again, I hate those things &gt;.&lt;</p>
<p>Thanks for your comment, someone told me Harbor Freight sells a better one.</p><p>Again sorry to harangue about that motor current .....</p>
<p>meh no hard feelings! Debate is how problems are solved :)</p>
Cool beans. There is nothing better than making a good tool.
Yea .. it does feel good ... like a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/New-Life-For-Broke-Knife/" rel="nofollow">lock pick</a><br> <br> Been looking at lots of Google images thanks to your heads up...
I used that pick the first 2 months at my Apartment. What a cheap landlord!
built in rare earth magnets and 3 different sizes that in the 3 years I've owned them yet to find a wing nut it won't fit.
I shop Harbor Freight at least twice a month and never saw a tool like that.<br> <br> And you say it has built in magnets ...... Wow
Never pay for something you can make yourself.
Right you are..
This is a cool, simple lil' tool. I love it.
Thank you very much.<br> Appreciate my fist Artistic comment.on a mere tool,<br> and noticed you tackled the <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/I-NEVER-LOST-IT/" rel="nofollow">remote</a> issue long before me :-)<br> <br> <br> <br> <br>
can't you just swap the wing nuts for regular nuts, and use a regular spanner? or am i missing the point?
Your correct, several people have suggested nylocks.<br> <br> Tradition implies tumblers are meant for hand work.&nbsp;<br> <br> Wait until you make a featured ible,&nbsp; thousands of viewers can't be missing the implied pleasure.<br> <br> Anyway it was the&nbsp; <u><strong>Ouch</strong> pic</u>&nbsp; that made me do it ;-D
Nice wok and photos. <br>Better than getting out the channel lock pliers.
Thanks for understanding<strong><em> :-)</em></strong>
what an interesting idea. I want to make a eye-hook bit for my cordless drill. A modification of your wing nut key could be used too screw and unscrew multiple eye-hooks. Thanks!
<strong>Great !</strong><br> <br> I presume you voted for me :-)
Good idea to make a wingnut wrench. I switched my Lortone tumblers cover nuts to 1/4-20 nylon insert self locking nuts. You don't need to crank them down so tight because once tightened, they stay there. I use a ratchet to open and close them. I'm interested in what you do to the geodes before tumbling them. Do you slab them or cut them in half, or break them manually? Whet type of geodes are you doing. Mexican agate or the softer Iowa or Missouri chalcedony type?
Thanks for the comment.<br> <br> Iv added a last step that depicts what all my tumbling and other equipment lets me make.<br> <br> My Geodes come from Utah, Nevada and Idaho.<br> <br> If you can point&nbsp; me to the sources of Mexican agate or the softer Iowa or Missouri,<br> I would appreciate it.<br> <br> A
I am a dealer in lapidary equipment and supplies. I also make jewelry and display specimens, mainly for fun. When it comes to rough rock, I usually only deal in large quantities due to the high shipping costs. Mexican agate costs almost to ship as the material sells for in small quantities. <br><br>Utah, Nevada and Idaho is god's country for rockhounds! My dad used to have a friend with an opal mine in Idaho. I still have a crate of opal in matrix from that mine, somewhere around here mined in the 1970's!
I like the idea. I might have to pop an old deep well socket in the forge to anneal it (careful not to breathe the burning chrome), cross drill for a pin where this design has magnets, grind a couple of notches, then re-heat it and hammer it a little flat, and give it a quick quench to harden back.
Sounds like Fun work !&nbsp;<br> Make it an instructable... I envy your blacksmithing skills.<br> <br> BTW Those notches need to be long as possible to make<br> it less desirable for magnetic flux to travel that Long path.<br> I didn't need to tell the engineer but this is a learning site.<br> <br> A
Iceng, this is a great Instructable! I always love innovative tools, and I have come up against the wacky wing nut time and again. Very good solution. The pics and descriptions are nicely done.
Thanks for your comment,&nbsp; have a look at the added reveal :)
I know this is about making stuff and you done a great job but I bought a set of 3 keys that fit in a drill for $5 at harbor freight.
Your spot on the mark.<br> <br> But, I would be surprised if your new keys have a magnet built-in to help in removal !
Very fancy. The rolled up handles made for some good &quot; gingerbread.&quot; <br>I had made one similar for the oil drain plug on my JohnDeere 318, but it was just a notch cut in a piece of pipe to engage into a roll pin.
Thanks for your comment, Iv been following your software issues, <br>but unable to comment 'C' being my reading only language :)

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