Antique Seized Adjustable Wrench - Restoration

פורסם בתאריך 5 אוג 2021
In this video I'm going to restore an antique adjustable wrench. My friend found this wrench at the steel waste and I bought it from him for $10. It was rusty and all movable parts were completely stuck. The jaws seemed to be in good condition. I had to soak the whole wrench in rust remover for one day to get it unstuck and I've put it right back into the rust remover for another day after I completely disassembled it. That removed all the rust and the parts almost looked sandblasted after that treatment.
The movable jaw had a lot of play in the t-slot of the body and that's where this restoration begun. First I sanded the guided part of the movable part clean and then I made the t-slot smaller by squishing it together with forging. That all went surprisingly well and it ended up with a perfect fit. I then could file and sand the whole thing completely smooth and gave it a nice coat with nickel plating for rust protection.
The knurled adjustment wheel took quite some time to restore. Especially refiling the whole knurling by hand was very time consuming. I'm not 100% satisfied with the result of the knurling but it was not too bad, still quite an improvement.
The spring was really unique, as it was rectangular shaped. I only sandblasted it and also nickel plated it. Sanding it clean would change the strength of it.
I had to make a new washer because the original one was not thick enough anymore to fit in the body.
Overall I'm very happy how this adjustable wrench has turned out. I really like the brushed finish with the nickel plating.

I hope you like my work and the video.

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  • You are gret sir 👍👍👍

  • bravo

  • 와……. 이건진짜 헐….

  • How seriously cool is this! Wonderful work. Love the old tools with no plastic or rubber.

  • "Seized Adjustable" Isn't that an oxymoron?

  • special thanks to Pong Lenis!

  • Вы тоже сюда пришли после видоса у сливки шоу?) Как же залипательно😍

  • 와우

  • Lovely!! Your attention to detail is astounding, keep it up!!

  • Quedó una belleza esa herramienta :L

  • You sell these after? Saw the german ratchet screwdriver which id like to get my hands on. Master at your craft bravo 👏🏾 👏🏾 👏🏾

  • Love me some good old rust remover

  • Brushed nickel plated looks great! Beautiful piece. Love it

  • Amazing work

  • You can turn garbage into museum quality art. Amazing talent! I wish you would start selling your masterpieces. That wrench would be a joy to actually use.

  • 🍀

  • Attention to detail is extraordinary… a true engineer - no better compliment than that !!

  • Das ist keine Restauration, das ist ein kompletter Neubau, besser als das Original. Aber trotzdem nett und handwerklich top. Nur ist das Original komplett verschwunden.

  • I like 1.5 hour later.

  • Tỉ like

  • Great job 🌷🌷🌷

  • Looks like wrench which should be used by astronauts in space station.

  • That wrench turned out awesome I need to get me one

  • Beautiful... could be a surgical instrument.

  • handcuffs old

  • "te voila" parabéns amigo... ótimo trabalho!

  • Your attention to detail is beautiful to watch. I love these videos!

  • Why do you hate sharp edges?

  • Hand Tool Rescue would love this. lol where is he? he makes and uses these types of wrenches ya know? you did a fantastic job on this one! looks awesome! stay safe & take care!

  • Love the nickel plated finish.

  • Gorgeous!

  • الشغل حلو مرتب بس بي صرف مبالغ

  • Great job. Good hobby if one has the tools. Me, I would have just bought a new wrench.

  • I love you Videos! Its great awesome.

  • Even the simple washer is a work of art. Love it

  • Wow! Tres beau!

  • Офигенно!!! Ты - мастер!

  • What rust remover do you use? It cleans up nicely

  • A - M - A - Z - I - N - G 😱

  • Did you have to make the insert before forging? I'd like to have seen how you made it.

  • you are the best, amazing work

  • How long does the electroplating take?

  • Outstanding! !! !!!

  • Beautiful work, makes me sad for all the old, trusted tools people thoughtlessly discard, when with some patience and work, they could be made beautiful and useful again!

  • Buen video

  • How do you learn all these stuff?

  • That nickel plating touched my soul

  • Would be great to see a compilation video of all of the 'I make a new one' clips. Or mebbe a best-of? :)

  • Using a big adjustable wrench to straighten the adjustable wrench :)

  • I happen to have a similar wrench, never knew I was missing a spring and washer… By coincidence I gave it some love yesterday by basic cleaning and greasing. The old rust patina gives it character, but that nickel is a totally other level. I like tools to work and wondered if the nickel shows use marks quickly?

  • Your skill, patience, effort, camera work and editing is fantastic mate! Truly mesmerising.

  • anyone else expecting to sheep a little sheep or a cat in the video? No? just me then

  • . .

  • One wonders how you must deal with the absolute perfection your work produces... I mean it's just hard to imagine all the patience and attention to detail you possess. I look so forward to all your videos. Keep it up!

  • You should've done a collab with Hand Tool Rescue, im pretty sure he still actively recreates these to this day.

  • I feel his presence but I can't see him

  • Wunderbar

  • Went down a rabbit hole from resin pouring videos to these restoration videos and now I can’t stop watching!

  • I remember my rather used to have one of these wrenches in his tool kit. Not as rusty as yours though!

  • Didn’t torching the wrench ruin the hardening?

  • i always like how shiny you make these things

  • I always wait for you latest video

  • That is a thing of beauty 👍🏼

  • Wwwwwoooowwwwww

  • What a great job, congrats!!!!

  • SM on 4-5th of October 2021: "No Whatsapp, no Facebook, No Instagram, no Telegram, no Tinder." Me: "Haha My Mechanichs goes brrrrrr."

  • I'd rather watch somebody clean the rust off a wrench than watch another fleebing Joe Rogan podcast

  • Случайно наткнулся на ваш канал, я восхищен. Самое главное где вы берете эти вещи?

  • Müthiş

  • I always wonder : do you use all the tools you restore? 🤔😉🤘

  • overkill. You destroyed it.

  • 1:38 a year later

  • Quality work is priceless. It is no wonder at all that you have millions of subscribers. So many channels could learn from you, things like leaving out the lame music.

  • Better than new...too nice to use. It's no longer a tool; now, it's a work of art. Is that what you intended?

  • "I've seen these spanners restored before... done a few myself even. I'll watch it anyway to see if I can get some this is a whole other level!" Amazing work!

  • Did you put it together without grease, really? 😂

  • Was that just regular water you used to wash the wrench at the beginning?

  • je ne comprenais pas pourquoi la vidéo était si longue pour un outil si simple. Bravo pour le souci des détails. Vous devez être plutôt méticuleux dans la vie. J'imagine comment vos outils sont rangés !

  • Very nice work!!

    • You make it look so easy that I keep reminding myself that it must take an enormous amount of patience and time to refurbish something and be so meticulous. Thanks for another brilliant upload!

    • Thank you :-)

  • As always, better than new!

  • well done

  • Класс. Теперь цена этого ключа выросла в 7 раз и им нельзя работать. Просто жалко будет работать таким ключом.

  • beautiful

  • Потрясающая работа, как и всегда!!! Спасибо за труд и работу. Приятно смотреть! Привет с берега Северного Ледовитого океана))

  • La clé d'origine n'avait certainement pas cette précision, quant à l'apparence n'en parlons pas ;)

    • You make it look so easy that I keep reminding myself that it must take an enormous amount of patience and time to refurbish something and be so meticulous. Thanks for another brilliant upload!

  • I've watched all of your videos, when it comes to restoration, you set the standard, you are the best of the best.

  • This is an awesome restoration! The nickel plating looks great mymechanics. Do you know the brand of this wrench? I thought it would be a cool and unique addition to etch a metric scale on the T-slot of the wrench. Put your etching skills to the test Cheers from the United States

    • Hello Zach. That is a copy of a King Dick. There are Videos of King Dick spanners here on ILaward.

  • Awesome !

  • Wow

  • Perfect :v

  • Sexiest tool ive ever seen in my life

  • Very very nice!

  • You truly can make a masterwork of anything.

  • Ключ и лолжен быть с зазором и слегка люфтить, это не микрометр.

  • It's so damn satisfying to watch your videos! Greetings from Norway🙂

  • Ça sent le partenariat prochain avec Handtool rescue ça :

  • It's completely stuck.... I make a new one.

  • Beautiful sir just beautiful! Love watching and learning from u! Thank you 🙏🏻…

  • Цыганские поделки. Главное чтобы блестело и сточить все острые края.

  • Were can we buy that power supply with those pliers? Thanks for your videos!