Make Your Own Wrench

March 23, 2012

By Tad Fry

My Dad is an amazing mechanic. While growing up, I noticed he used a lot of tools that were not branded. One day, I noticed a wrench laying around; I had never seen one like it so I asked where he bought it. He replied, “Oh, I made it.”

“What!?” I asked in disbelief.

“Yeah, I couldn’t find a wrench at the store to do the job, so I made my own.”

I always remember that because it helped me see why my Dad is so good at his job. He does whatever it takes to get it done effeciently and in the right way. Even if it requires making a tool.

Over the years, I noticed I do many of the same tasks. Sure, some programs automate them, but many don’t do the job correctly. Furthermore, the programs might not be available everywhere I work. Therefore, I’ve written my own tools to keep at They’re simple, but save time and are available everywhere I have Internet.

Here’s a few of them:

They’re probably not intuitive to most users, but they’re for my own use. I know what they do, and they help me tremendously. One I found extremely helpful was Thinking it might be useful to others, I made

So, I hope you’ll make your own wrench. It frees up your time and mind to save your brain for creative work. I’d love to see what you make, so please share on Twitter @tadfry.