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How to make almost any small toy in 5 minutes

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This instructable will show you how to make small tools like custom screwdrivers, awls, chisels and more. The materials you'll need are a knife, a large framing nail, a hammer and some wood. You'll also need a bench grinder and a metalworking vice or anvil.
 
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Step 1: Prepare the wood

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Use the knife to whittle the wood to a sort of round shape that is comfortable to hold. Use sandpaper to smooth it if it's very rough. Try to avoid knotty wood. Then go to the band saw and cut the wood to length. It should stick out about a half inch when you hold it in your hand.

Step 2: Add the nail

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take the nail and hammer it in about an inch into the end of the wooden handle.

Step 3: Cut the nail

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Go to the grinder and use the corner of the wheel to grind into the nail about an inch and 1/2 from the handle. Then use the hammer and the vice/anvil to snap the nail.

Step 4: Grind and shape the point

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then hammer and grind the point of the nail into the shape you want. you can hammer the point to make it thin and flat. once you have the shape you want, sharpen tho point.

Step 5: Possobilities

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the following photos are some tools i made.

 they are, in order of the photos:

1.triangle screwdriver
2.pry bar
3.awl
4.flathead screwdriver
5. round end scraper
Quick-tune1 year ago
First drill a hole in the wood half the size of the metal, and hold the metal in the vice whilst you gently hammer the handle down. Now heat the tool tips to cherry red and then quench in oil to temper the tools, by grinding most metal you heat it up, then letting it cool slowly it softens the metal - this is known as 'annealing' using old tools is better than nails as tool steel usually has a higher carbon content so is much harder.
keep at it - this is how blacksmiths begin to happen.
MaskMarvl1 year ago
I guess you're making "Toy" tools then...
Ranie-K1 year ago
Should the title be "tool" and not "toy"?
emiliolatorre (author)  Ranie-K1 year ago
yes
rimar20001 year ago
Very interesting!
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