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Title: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Papaw on May 01, 2011, 07:37:58 AM
"Tools"
I have a long Hibbard Wrench as a sign on my shop.
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: bgarrett on May 01, 2011, 08:27:21 AM
How large is the wrench on your shop? You know you gotta add a dollar bill for reference  :)
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Papaw on May 01, 2011, 08:29:21 AM
Maybe I don't have a dollar!  :D

The wrench is about 34" long, but the openings are 3/4" and 5/8" only.
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Nolatoolguy on May 01, 2011, 10:36:14 AM
Thats pretty cool. One day i gotta get something like that for mine.
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Wrenchmensch on May 01, 2011, 11:22:20 AM
My largest wrench, so far: 49 inches long. This QuikWerk brand behemoth, made by the Warren Tool and Forge Company, came from the Pennsylvania Railroad a.k.a. the World's Railroad. It has 1 3/4" and 1 7/8" openings, although they are marked 1 5/8" and 1 13/16". Found leaning against the back of a pickup truck at a local flea market.
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Dustin21 on May 01, 2011, 11:26:58 AM
sooo we talking about length or opening ? cause largest wrench i have is this 3 1/4 opening

(http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/dustin32690/DSCF0382.jpg)
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: scottg on May 01, 2011, 03:13:06 PM
Here is my shop door
 Not a wrench, an infill jointer plane sign.

 Funny thing, a guy once worte and asked if I was really hanging a $3000 infill, heehehe
 
(http://users.snowcrest.net/kitty/sgrandstaff/images/house/awning9b.jpg)
 
yours Scott
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Wrenchmensch on May 01, 2011, 09:06:21 PM
How come you guys display steel tools outdoors all year long?  Doesn't it rain where you live?
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Papaw on May 01, 2011, 09:18:56 PM
Mine is painted black and the lettering is an exterior house paint. Been up there for about four years.
I am on the Gulf Coast of Texas, less than 10 miles from the bay as the crow flies. It certainly does rain, and when it is not raining, the humidity is high enough to make you feel like it is.
That wrench is no collector's item, I don't think, so there it is.
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Bus on May 03, 2011, 12:56:48 AM
Here's my sign. a friend had a chain saw artist make it for me a couple years ago. It's over 5' long and made of Osage Orange wood.

Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Papaw on May 03, 2011, 01:14:21 AM
I like that, Bus!
Maybe I can do something like that ( or have it done, I always have trouble getting my chainsaw to start!)
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: 64longstep/Brian on May 03, 2011, 02:23:02 AM
I always have trouble getting my chainsaw to start!)
Do you keep getting flat tires on your chainsaw too??
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Wrenchmensch on May 05, 2011, 08:06:18 AM
Bus.

I planted 28 Osage Orange trees across the back of our property this spring.  In 50 years, I'll be making my wrench sign.  Seriously, your chainsaw artist friend did a great job carving out that pair of pliers!
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: dimwittedmoose51 on May 24, 2011, 02:08:50 AM
How large is the wrench on your shop? You know you gotta add a dollar bill for reference  :)


One of those got to be counterfeit!!!!
DM&FS

Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: rusty on June 11, 2011, 03:27:47 PM

I don't have a large wrench, I have a very very large quarter.....

Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: dimwittedmoose51 on July 16, 2011, 05:45:35 PM
A space ship landed in the middle of Texas one night and I saw 3 little  1" tall aliens climb out of the ship.  I asked them if they were really just 1" tall and they said, "No, we're just really really far away...."

Guess ya had to be there....back to wrench stuff....

DM&FS

Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Wrenchmensch on July 16, 2011, 07:20:58 PM
Rusty:

I got a kick out of that!

Bob
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: ToolsorDie on September 02, 2011, 06:00:53 PM

I am on the Gulf Coast of Texas, less than 10 miles from the bay as the crow flies.

Ever been to San Leon?

Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Papaw on September 02, 2011, 06:22:53 PM
But of course! San Leon is not far from here by back roads and not much farther by main roads. I used to go there with my folks many years ago. These days I go there or close by for photo opportunities.
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: ToolsorDie on September 02, 2011, 06:39:25 PM
But of course! San Leon is not far from here by back roads and not much farther by main roads. I used to go there with my folks many years ago. These days I go there or close by for photo opportunities.

I visit down there 2-3 times a year off of Ave A, Topwater Grill is one of my favorite restaurants. Been visiting SL since 1991. Helped with Hurricane Ike cleanup on one visit, darn near wiped San Leon off the map. Buddy of mine lost a bunch of old tools in that disaster, nothing too valuable. Maybe we can hook up next time I am down. I heard Dusty Hill sold his mansion for a sweet deal after Ike.
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Papaw on September 02, 2011, 07:30:44 PM
Sure, just let me know when you are coming.
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Wrenchmensch on September 05, 2011, 05:03:16 AM
I have been in Texas a number of times on business. I was impressed by the heat and humidity and the art museum in Houston, all my cousins in College Station, and the aridity of El Paso (which is closer to the Pacific Ocean than it is to Houston).  That's big!
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Papaw on September 05, 2011, 07:59:28 AM
895 miles from the border of New Mexico on I-10 to the border of Louisiana on I-10 just outside of Orange.

 The longest generally-southward straight-line path you can take through Texas North to South is about 806.2 miles. This would be a line in the SSE direction starting from the westernmost corner of the northern Texas "handle" and extending to Texas' southernmost tip, but unlike East to West, there is no one highway all the way.

 

Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: ToolsorDie on September 05, 2011, 08:20:22 AM
895 miles from the border of New Mexico on I-10 to the border of Louisiana on I-10 just outside of Orange.

 The longest generally-southward straight-line path you can take through Texas North to South is about 806.2 miles. This would be a line in the SSE direction starting from the westernmost corner of the northern Texas "handle" and extending to Texas' southernmost tip, but unlike East to West, there is no one highway all the way.

There may have been if the Trans Texas Corridor Scam got built, thank God it did not.

Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Papaw on September 05, 2011, 08:24:03 AM
Ah, but that would have been from Laredo to Texarkana, a short trip! 522 miles
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Stoney on November 25, 2011, 11:51:00 AM
Bus, those pliers are cool.  Down here we call osage orange bo dock, a southern corruption of the French bois de arc, or we call it hedge apple or by it's scientific name Maclura pomifera. They are sexed, that means that the male flowers and the female flowers are on separate  trees. It is far superior to hickory for things like handles, single/double trees and to locust for fence post but you have to wait more that a year to put it in the ground or put it in the ground upside down or it will sprout and start growing.  the wood is very hard and durable.  It has an orange cast to the wood and has a milky/sticky sap.  I had a friend to make me two mallets of bo dock to use in blacksmithing to straighten twists.  The wood came from a bo dock I took down for a customer about 10 years ago.  He complained about how hard it was to work and about how often he had to sharpen his tools.
(http://i467.photobucket.com/albums/rr40/plantshepherdplus/Tool%20Talk%20Mallets/DSC_0120.jpg)
The round one has a head dimension of length 6"by diameter 4"  and the flat mallet has faces that are 2" by 3 1/2".  The side dimensions are top: 6" and bottom 5 1/2" which gives it a slightly angled face.  I got these just before my surgery and I've not yet put hoops on the round one to stop splitting.  Can anyone tell me how to stop the flat one from splitting?  The grain is quarter.
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Branson on December 20, 2011, 06:05:44 PM
>Can anyone tell me how to stop the flat one from splitting?

Don't hit anything with it on the edges. <g>

Wonder how Bo Dock compares to maul oak...
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Stoney on December 20, 2011, 07:13:44 PM
Branson, I'm thinking about a rawhide braid put on wet.  I don't know maul oak.
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Branson on December 22, 2011, 08:18:38 AM
Maul oak is Quercus chrysolepis Liebman, aka canyon live oak.  Peattie describes it as "...tough, close grained, very hard, and heavy (53 pounds per cubic foot, dry weight)..."  Heavier, a bit, from Bo Dock.  The name, maul oak, came from its common use in making mauls and mallets in the past.
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Branson on December 22, 2011, 08:20:19 AM
Branson, I'm thinking about a rawhide braid put on wet. 

I like that idea.  It ought to work fine.
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Stoney on December 22, 2011, 09:16:13 PM
Branson do you have access to maul oak?  If you do how about PMing me your address and I'll swap you a piece of Bo Dock for a piece of maul oak so we can both make a mallet.
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Branson on December 23, 2011, 06:21:03 AM
Stoney, I'll have to do some work to find some.  I have a hard time distinguishing among all the live oaks, and especially between the maul oak and the interior live oak.  It's coming on to a good time for cutting wood, so let me see if I can get some of the right stuff.  The swap sounds like a great idea!
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Stoney on December 23, 2011, 06:41:36 AM
Ok, send me a PM and I'll send you some Bo Dock.  I have some that has been cut about 10 years.  I didn't stop it from checking as I planned to use them for anvil post, post vise mounts etc. so you will see checking.
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Branson on December 26, 2011, 06:38:51 AM
PM to come.  There's an arborist I just remembered who might be able to direct me to some maul oak.  I'll try to contact him this week.  I want to play with this wood, too. 
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Stoney on December 26, 2011, 11:39:30 AM
Sent you my address as well.  I'm an arborist, but due to my health I'm not active.  I have arborist friends and can furnish local woods that you might not have available.
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: johnek on December 10, 2012, 10:33:38 PM
This thread is about BIG? I parked my Triumph Stag next to my biggest BAHCO wrench for size comparison
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Papaw on December 10, 2012, 10:58:29 PM
They both look like models! Is that BAHCO really that shade of gray? Or has it been bead blasted?
Title: Re: Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Chillylulu on December 19, 2013, 09:44:22 AM
I like that, Bus!
Maybe I can do something like that ( or have it done, I always have trouble getting my chainsaw to start!)

Those things start?!? No wonder it takes me so much more time to cut wood with one....
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: rusty on December 19, 2013, 07:59:01 PM
Most people do not realize that chainsaws come with a built in yard sensor.
The yard sensor is what makes the chainsaw work everywhere but in your yard.
It works in the store, it works in the garage, and it works at the chainsaw shop.
It just doesn't work when you take it out into your yard....where the tree is.
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Chillylulu on May 23, 2014, 07:26:08 AM
I think I may have been down by your place Papaw.  Is it near Rockport?

I have to go down there sometimes for work.  We take customers fishing out of Redfish Lodge. Good fishing between the mainland and South/North Padre Islands. Caught a big one last time & used my tag.

I generally like to fish with a guide, but mostly I like those that put you at a good spot and let you fish.

Chilly
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Papaw on May 23, 2014, 09:16:15 AM
I am north of Rockport by quite a ways. Alvin is just 20 miles south of Houston.
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Post by: Chillylulu on May 23, 2014, 03:09:59 PM
I thought Rockport was closer to Houston. Still, 3 hours from Alvin is closer than my 16 hrs from Colorado for fishing.

I imagine you have similar fishing up there?

Chilly
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Papaw on May 23, 2014, 07:26:49 PM
Lots of fishing here, but we are not right on the coast. Most fishing here is done from Galveston or Freeport.
I am not a fisherman at all. Haven't wetted a line since my oldest son was 12 or so.
Title: Re: Tools-Large wrench on my shop
Post by: Chillylulu on May 23, 2014, 11:37:47 PM
I never fish either, but I went down there twice, its part of my job. Taking people to sports is also, dont watch any otherwise.

Tough job, but you know what they say...

I'd rather be out at garage sales, estate sales and auctions kooking for a nice bix of rust.