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Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax #12: Split nut screwdriver

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Blog entry by Bill Berklich posted 03-16-2019 06:43 PM 399 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: A home for my Stanley 45 Irons Part 12 of Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax series Part 13: Saw jointer handle »

Lots of projects as every other LJ’er but this Split nut screwdriver is (in my mind) a good looking success.

Like every project I do there is always something else I need before I get started on the main event. The Split nut Screwdrivers started because 1) so many LJ’ers have made so many really cool saws and 2) I have a couple of old back saw plates and 3) I REALLY needed a project for the LJ Spring Swap… :-)

Casting about LJ and the net I came up wiith several ideas landing on modifying a spade bit.

A bit of judicious filing with a Chain saw file created the gap.

A bit of grinding and polishing

and the blade was complete. Then on to the handles. My first try was Amazouke but it had a hidden defect that caused it to fail while turning.

Failing that I had a piece of “found” cherry from the firewood pile.

Some cutting, squaring, turning

A a copper ferrule, a little assembling with epoxy, and some wipe-on poly

I made the second one in Osage Orange to match the additional accessories for the Swap

It’s a great project but I think it might be a bit better if the overall blade length was about 1/2” to 3/4” shorter to put my hand a bit closer to the nut.

-- Bill - Rochester MI



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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 03-16-2019 07:44 PM

It seems to work ok to me. Good thinking using a spade bit!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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ostap

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#2 posted 03-16-2019 07:52 PM

A good tool is half the work,and even if it is done by hand! Thank you for sharing your projects!

-- Ostap,UKRAINE I know that I know nothing .SOCRATES www.youtube.com/channel/UC9zSjkAe2FFn4aXUVXjGu6Q/videos?view_as=subscriber

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#3 posted 03-16-2019 08:35 PM

That’s pretty cool. A great idea and a very nice tool. GREAT Job !

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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