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    Scorps

    Scorps are wood-carving gouges, operated by pulling, as can be imagined. These have been forged from old ring spanners (not plated). Two have been finished satisfactorily, to me at least. The others depicted have all been ground, although not honed, and await handles. I do not think I would bother to do these in an open fire: having a gas forge means I can line them up without the metal spoiling, since one, or at most, two strikes on the drift, and the colour has gone completely. You may still see some of the striations from their previous existence.Scorps-5af0236e-cec4-4398-93fd-75f2a0b47dc3.jpg

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    Very clever repurposing indeed. An offset box wrench (what your "ring spanner" is termed over here) has almost the perfect shape and is made of good steel.

    I have a commercially made one left over from my woodcarving days. My wife was attempting to hollow out a watermelon half to use as a center piece for a garden party. She was chipping away with a melon baller so I offered her the scorp. She was delighted. After washing, drying and oiling, the tool awaits the next fruit carving.
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    Thank you, Marv. I am not sure of their utility for carving wood, they may well be more use in the kitchen!

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    All I remember is that, on the few occasions I used one, I decided that a small hand adz with a blade curved like a carving gouge was faster and more effective.
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    Thanks Philip Davies! We've added your Scorps to our Woodworking category,
    as well as to your builder page: Philip Davies's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Congratulations Philip Davies - your Scorps are the Homemade Tool of the Week!

    This is a very ingenious use of an offset wrench, especially how the utility of the offset is maintained. They came out looking great too.

    Some good picks from this week:

    Angle Finder by rossbotics
    Groove Cutting Tool by Frank S
    Doghead Hammer by Philip Davies
    Sheet Stock Cutting Method by rgsparber
    Strap Wrench by Bricoleando
    Milling Head Screw Adjustment by threesixesinarow
    Belt Grinder by th62
    Clamps by vasavoir kikela
    Fitting Wrench by Frank S
    Smoke Alarm by knoba
    Storage Techniques by rgsparber
    Twist Clamp by garage nut
    Hanger Racks by Tuomas
    Seal Install Tool by Frank S
    Swing Arm Hoist by 28Abone
    Bead Roller Stand by 28Abone
    Swarf Tool by Stevohdee
    Swing Arm Hose Holder by 28Abone


    Philip Davies - we've added your tool entry to our All Homemade Tool of the Week winners post. And, you'll now notice the wrench-on-pedestal award in the awards showcase in your postbit, visible beneath your username:



    You'll be receiving a $25 online gift card, in your choice of Amazon, PayPal, or bitcoin. Please PM me your current email address and gift card choice and I'll get it sent over right away.


    Congratulations and well done!

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    Congratulations Phil! It's been a while we hadn't seen a woodworking tool rewarded!

    Please fellow woodworkers post more woodworking stuff ! ,😋

    Did you make any project with the tools ? Spoons or things like that ?

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    Congratulations on your win

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    Congratulations on your win Philip. Great idea for re-purposing box offsets into scorp's! Thanks for sharing the idea.

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    Congratulations indeed, Philip.

    Your post invites consideration of turning other metalworking tools into woodworking items. A hole saw might become a giant scorp; a tire iron into an adz. The possibilities are endless.
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