Turned Screwdrivers

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Project by rikkor posted 10-11-2008 12:03 PM 3420 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have made a few screwdrivers, lately. I have to come up with a “guy gift” for Father-in-law and two brothers-in-law. This seems to fit the bill. The Rosewood one was posted earlier, but the other three are new. The Osage Orange one has a copper ferrule, cut from water pipe, and the “guts” are from a $2.00 plastic-handled screwdriver taken apart. (A screwdriver kit at Rockler is $10.00)

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#1 posted 10-11-2008 12:05 PM

This one is oversized for someone with arthritic hands.

Big screwdriver

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 10-11-2008 12:49 PM

Very nice rikkor!

That’s doing it the smart way, now you can buy a couple of gallons of gas. LOL

I still like the looks of the rosewood the best.

You sure are an early bird!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 10-11-2008 01:36 PM

Great projects, Rikkor. Certainly a gift any man would love. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 10-11-2008 01:50 PM

Very nice work Rikkor. I like the use of the copper and also that you made these from cheap immitations (plastic).

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 10-11-2008 02:48 PM

Those look great! I actually found an old favorite of mine, and while it has a plastic handlle it is one that ‘feels right’ for me. I won’t be replacing that one, but like you, I have some folks to give gifts to, and that looks like a project I can tackle. going on my favorites, and now I’m going hunting for cheap screwdrivers.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#6 posted 10-11-2008 02:59 PM

I was thinking about hacking apart some plastic ones too. How did you go about getting them apart? The price of the Rockler kits jumped way up. Almost too high to justify buying one. I think I paid 3.99 for them about a year ago when they went on sale from 6.99. I bought 10. Now they are 9.99!

-- Tony, Ohio

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#7 posted 10-11-2008 03:07 PM

That’s great… are you dimpling the ferrule to hold it all in, or is it pressure fit? I’d be interested in making a few handles, and that’s always been the question…

-- Ryno

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#8 posted 10-11-2008 03:36 PM

I had a good time upgrading those orange handled jobbies of mine. I use my maple one all the time. don’t think I’ve seen them as low as $2.00 for the raw materials though, but I’m glad to hear that it is even more cost effective to skip the kits.

Tonyz – a couple well placed strokes with a hacksaw will free the nut in the middle. and some epoxy to hold it in place is all it takes (the ferrule keeps the wood from splitting.) I have a loose step by step at the project post.

I’m always on the lookout for other things around the house i can turn (pun intended) into nicer wooden versions of themselves.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 10-11-2008 07:24 PM

Rikkor A another great gift idea. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 10-11-2008 09:12 PM

Great idea Rikkor, I’ve been upgrading my turning chisels like Dick Cain did a while ago. I had a lot of cracked handles. But what a great gift idea. You did a nice job too, I’m with Dick, I like the rosewood best.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 10-11-2008 09:33 PM

Thanks for the kind comments guys, I really appreciate it.

P.S. I like the Rosewood one best, too. <|;^)}

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#12 posted 10-11-2008 11:23 PM

Nice work Rikkor. A thousand times better than plastic.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 10-12-2008 12:42 AM

Thanks Grumpy.

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