Special tools are expensive and of limited utility by nature, so I usually try to make them from common stuff before I give in.
From top to bottom:
1. Chain whip, made from a metal rule and some parts of an old chain. Its sole purpose is to flay the flesh, also to remove the sprocket from my Shimano 7 speed bike.
2. Burnishing rod made from an old worn out bastard file, with the edge ground smooth for burring my cabinet scraper.
3. Marking knife filed out of a spade bit.
What about u?
I made a ghetto shank out of a hack saw blade and some hockey tape, but that's really not worth a picture
I also made a thing that we call "the tool", its a piece of quarter round taped to a piece of baseboard for extra length, about 18' long total, for cleaning eaves troughs that I can't reach the end of
Wish I had a photo, but I have a couple dozen stupid little tools I use at work, all of which have extremely specific purposes.
Example: a chisel handle with a stiff, foot long wire for cleaning birds nests of swarf off of CNC drill bits without losing skin.
No pictures but I have a number of "repurposed" tools.
Mostly custom ground sockets and weird shit so I didn't have to buy $60 special tools to work on cars.
I've got a ball joint pickle fork with ground down ends on the "fork" and a hole for a threaded rod and nut on the handle.
Best prying tool ever. Stuck bolts in their sleeve and suspension bearings don't stand a chance, I love this thing.
I dont have that many, but I did make a clutch fan wrench out of scrap metal and used it several times.
I dont have a pic, but it looks like this commercially sold one. Not too impressive but is so fucking nice when you need the fan off.
Me? I throw them away.
I remember seeing instructions for turning two files to a sheet metal cutter, kinda like pic related.
Anything I need a piece of scrap steel for.
I don't throw anything that could conceivably be issued for something in the future.
I've got a shed full of scrap steel, half a dozen microwaves, an old jukebox that I'm pretty sure got hit by a car, and tons of coffee tins full of assorted fasteners.
I told my wife to sell it all for scrap when I die, since my life insurance quintupled in price when I turned 60.
I think I lost it and I don't have a picture, but I made a tool which normally costs $15 to remove the pins from ATX and molex connectors out of a bobby pin
I made a small breadboard from discarded IDE cables.
lol I did much the same thing.
I also made a flow hood.
>what was your motivation for that?
lol Read the filename for it. I used it for about a month then bought a large breadboard.
Went to visit an upholsterer recently to get some cylindrical cushions made. He had the most cluttered workshop I've ever seen, looked like he'd not thrown anything out in thirty years. Nestled in a corner, completely hidden amongst the piles of stuff was another old dude working.
He sorta ummed and ahhed about cylindrical cushions for a bit, said he'd never made them before and had no idea how, then said to come back in a week to see if he'd done it.
He built a little turntable with a piece of heated wire attached out of an old microwave to cut a cylinder out of foam, fucking genius, my opinion about throwing stuff out was completely changed.
this tool expands the end of brake, clutch and throttle cables to give a better grip when a barrel or nipple is soldered on.
venhills: £99.79+11.50 postage
the hardest part was drilling the 5mm dimple in the end of the 6mm rod freehand.
>over £100 for some fucking angle iron with a few holes drilled in it
God damn what the fuck?
The effort to make such things can be put to use acquiring and refurbing used industrial lathes and mills for vastly more capability.
Gingery projects are for people who ALREADY own a serious knee mill and a lathe. In that respect they, like small live steam engines, are very cool.
Tightening angle grinder wheels is usually done by hand since they tighten more in use. Spanners are for getting the stuck ones off. Self and tens of thousands of welders and fitters tighten them that way and they stay secure. If tighten with spanner they can be a bitch to remove with same spanner.
OP- I did the same, but needed a pair for old Shimano cassette with the threaded smallest sprocket.
I don't have any pictures of it but I once made a small nail (about 1mm dia.) into a tiny phillips screwdriver with a hand file and a lot of patience.
My girlfriend had asked me to take her laptop apart and clean it because it was overheating, but the fan and the heatsink were attached together with tiny screws, which I didn't have a screwdriver small enough for.
It worked. It turned out that it was overheating because she'd been leaving the laptop on overnight and the cat was sleeping on it, so the heatsink was completely plugged with cat hair.
And something I use daily, a small quick change toolpost for my smallest lathe. It's a copy of the smallest one Dorian used to make, but they discontinued it.
Don't have pics handy on phone, but have
>various small circuit boards for AVR programming & testing
>various wooden and metal jigs for woodworking
>custom made helping hands with clamps for big circuit boards because the smaller ones are all chinashit
>also made a vented hood box to exhaust fumes from scrap gold recovery
>working on a circuit board cutting router mounted on a sliding track
Mostly work shit