View Full Version : con safe monkey wrench

08-14-2009, 09:25 AM
I am working on a Team Fortress 2 Engineer cosplay for a convention about a month away (September 11). The prop that I need help figuring out how to make is his monkey wrench, I would just bring an actual monkey wrench but the convention has a no steel (and I don't want to risk it with a non steel metal wrench).
What I need help with then is figuring out a fairly simple con safe monkey wrench. I searched around but only found threads about making regular wrenches. Reference attached.

08-14-2009, 01:57 PM
You could look at pictures of monkey wrenches (or a real one, if you have one on hand) and try to carve one out of foam or something... Papier Mache may be difficult to do though...

Or, you could try to find a monkey wrench in one of those kiddie toolsets, and paint it black. The only problem is, I'm not sure I've seen a monkey wrench in one of those sets, just the regular kind. Also, the wrench may be too small, because they were made for little kids...

It shouldn't hurt to try, though. :)

08-14-2009, 02:47 PM
This was actually discussed quite recently. This thread here should help you out: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=187076

08-14-2009, 06:52 PM
@Umbra I might try that since I am comfortable with it, just wondering if other people had other ideas.

@Cole while that is useful, the users discuss making a regular wrench as opposed to a monkey wrench. The part I am having difficulty figuring out (the top) is not discussed in that thread.

08-14-2009, 07:13 PM
i don't know what kinds of tools you have, but you could make one out of pine, this thing i banged together with a cheap jigsaw, a drill , a file or rasp, some sandpaper, and a few blocks of pine. the top section i glued a couple extra blocks o'pine onto them to increase the thickness, then a couple thinner pieces onto the handle an for other lil naughty bits :)


the white part is styrene, but its completely unnecessary in retrospect.

putty to touch up, primer, and paints http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1965852/
its all pretty much sandwiched together on the base shape of the wrench ^^

the screw is real (a cut off carriage bolt) but you could alays replace that with something else ^^

08-14-2009, 07:34 PM
@fev that wrench is absolutely perfect for the engineer, thanks for sharing with me. I am tempted to make it out of wood now but I may be faster throwing together a foam one. Thanks for the idea, I just might convince my dad to help me (he's better with wood).