Has anybody here ever make thier own bike tools? Specifically freewheel remover tools but any other kind I'd be interested in. I couldn't find anything about this on the forum search.
At the now-defunct LBS I used to wrench at a local machinist down the street made us some Suntour two-prong remover tools (we were always chewing ours up!) in exchange for a bike repair we did for him.
I tried to make the same one myself out of 17-4 stainless thinking that would be tough material but when I tried it on my Suntour Winner freewheel it just chewed the crap out of it and the f/wheel didn't even budge. I didn't put the hole in the middle of the tool (duh!) so I took the axle out of the hub (what was I thinking!).
Anyway, this time I want to do it the right way. Do these things need to be heat-treated? What material would be best? Tool steel? (hello!!!). I work in a custom fabricating shop so I have access to some cool stuff. I would also like to make some cone wrenches out of sheet stainless or aluminum.
Any more ideas?