Adjustable Wrench Super Mod

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Introduction: Adjustable Wrench Super Mod

This is a wrench modification that might end up being your favorite tool. Who doesn't need an adjustable wrench with a built-in pry bar? This is a very easy tool modification. The actual design and process is fairly simple but I call it a "super mod" because of the sheer possibilities this wrench can perform. This design is not new but modifying your own wrench is satisfying and fun!

Supplies

1 High Quality Adjustable Wrench
Angle Grinder or Cut Off Wheel
Bench Grinder
Bench Sander

Step 1: Keep It COOL

During the entire modification, do not let the steel handle get too hot. Have a container of water handy to immerse the handle into. By keeping the steel cool, you will not lose the original tempered strength. This Crescent wrench is made from high quality steel and is almost indestructible.

Step 2: Cutting Off the Wrench End

Use a metal cut off wheel and remove just the end of the wrench.

Step 3: Grinding the Proper Shape

Either grind or power sand the end into a pleasing pry bar shape. The more accurate your grinding is, the less final sanding and polishing you will have to do.

Step 4: Sand It Smooth

Once you have the proper shape, fine sand and polish to your liking. There is enough thickness to create a slight curved tip that will help in prying. When everything looks good, grind or sand a slight angle on each side of the leading edge. This will help to wedge the bar into tight areas.

Step 5: A Finished Super Mod Wrench

Hey, you're done! This is one of the easiest tool modifications I know of. I have several sizes I keep in my tool box and they do come in handy. I have a large 14 inch version that I have actually stood on while prying up concrete. It's almost indestructible!

Step 6: Super Wrench Update

Here is an extra modification that can be performed after you're finished. Cut a small V into the wedge and now you have a great nail puller. Be accurate and center the V cut to maintain maximum strength.

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    13 Comments

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    frarugi87
    frarugi87

    10 months ago

    Be honest, you got the idea from Lego, didn't you? ;)
    Great work :)

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    Flintman
    Flintman

    Reply 10 months ago

    Actually, this is not a new idea as I have seen samples from 100 year old tool catalogs. This is just a fairly easy tool modification that almost anyone can do. I don't own any Legos but some of my friends do. While at a dinner party, I was invited to view a collection. It was massive and mind boggling. I think Legos has replicated nearly every idea or design mankind ever invented. I can see what drives people to collect them!

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    capitancobre
    capitancobre

    10 months ago

    good pry bar for taking tires off of moped wheels!!!

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    Flintman
    Flintman

    Reply 10 months ago

    I like that idea. You could customize the tip for rims.

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    Kenny Hylander
    Kenny Hylander

    10 months ago on Step 5

    Bacho made them like this in the past. Got a few of them

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    Flintman
    Flintman

    Reply 10 months ago

    As I mentioned, it's not a new idea but an easy modification that almost anyone can do. I have an extensive collection of tools and you would be surprised with the sheer amount of innovations, oddities and downright useful gadgets. I believe quite a few manufacturers produced adjustable wrenches with "extra" unique features.

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    Makerneer
    Makerneer

    10 months ago

    Nice mod, thanks for sharing!

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    DennisH156
    DennisH156

    10 months ago

    Incredible idea for any of the multiple crescent wrenches in my workshop. You have inspired me to try this with a few modifications. I don’t want to give them away here because I may want to enter the contest too. Great job!

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    Flintman
    Flintman

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thank you DennisH156. I have updated the project with a slight modification. Please check back to make sure I didn't modify it with your idea.

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    Nakedgolfer
    Nakedgolfer

    Reply 10 months ago

    That's a good idea too. I was thinking of changing the inside of the circle part into a hex shape. Not sure what size could be made from it and it would be redundant because of the other end. With the split you made, you could squats up one of the sides into a flathead screwdriver. I won't have time to work on this so I would rather share my ideas.

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    Flintman
    Flintman

    Reply 10 months ago

    Yes, I agree. There could be an endless number of modifications that could be performed. It might be redundant to have a hex sized hole, but a common size could save time if you used it a lot. In my line of work, "muscling things around", it usually requires a stout pry bar at times. I may update again so please check back.

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    seamster
    seamster

    11 months ago

    Clever, simple, but very useful. That's a win! : )

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    Flintman
    Flintman

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thank you seamster. I have updated the project with a small modification. Even more useful.