While setting up my booth at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2013, I found that I wanted to tighten the wingnuts on the back of my project mounting board. The only problem was that I didn’t have a wrench to tighten the wingnuts beyond finger-tight. In the spirit of Maker Faire, I improvised with the only material on hand in abundance – paper.
Now, you can too…
- Roll the paper into a tight tube.
- Fold the paper tube over itself.
- Tighten wingnut with your fingers as much as possible.
- Place the paper tube around the wingnut, so that the wingnut is in the crook of the bend in the paper tube.
- Grip the wingnut through the paper tube and turn. Although the paper tube doesn’t have much strength, the paper tube will allow you to get a better grip on the wingnut. Moreover, the paper tube will let you use your entire fist to tighten the wingnut rather than just your finger tips.
- I used this same exact paper wrench with a small 3mm hex wrench to tighten bolts on my project box. Just as with the wingnut, the paper wrench let me get a better grip on the hex wrench and tighten the bolts without hurting my fingers.