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little blocks of wood with allen wrench in them
Tapered handle puts a new spin on allen wrenches

Applying the last few pounds of torque on an allen wrench sometimes puts a dent in your fingers. And if you make a large handle, you can't spin the wrench for speedy screw removal. Make a handle for each of your wrenches, then taper one end into the shape of a knob. With epoxy, anchor the allen wrench into a groove in a 3/4 x 3/4 x 3" block of wood as shown. Then, glue on a top piece that measures about 3/4 x 2 x 3".

After the glue dries, cut the block to the approximate shape shown with a bandsaw or coping saw. Then, use a rasp, router, or sandpaper to round over the edges. Now you have a long handle for leverage and a narrow grip on the end that you can spin rapidly with your fingers.

-- G. Wm. LeWorthy, Lincoln, Neb.

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