Screwdriver Lathe Kit

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Project by tooldad posted 06-28-2010 05:08 AM 3650 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tried a new project on the lathe. This was my first one, the second screwdriver was better, it went to my wife’s grandfather who gave me a bunch of turning wood. Forgot to get a picture of it, darn.

I was going to offer this as an alternative to pen making for my students for the lathe unit. I will offer this as a level 2 project. Pens and mini baseball bats are what I consider level 1 projects.

This project is not difficult to make, it just has to be right. The diameter of the tenon, length of the tenon, and the diameter at the end of the handle for the end cap.

On the first one I didn’t cut inward and there is a little crown, so the cap doesn’t sit flat. The second kit, I corrected this and had better success.

The wood is cherry. There are 5 coats of Mylands friction polish applied.

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#1 posted 06-28-2010 05:43 AM

I don’t know anything about turning wood and probably never will. But I think it turned out very nice. Having a great teacher means alot to students who really want to learn. I think they have one here. You seem to have your hands in everything and want to learn just like they do. And teach them what you’ve learned. Keep it up!

-- Janice

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#2 posted 06-28-2010 01:39 PM

Nice looking screwdriver. It is nice to make and use your own tools. I have a lot of fun making things like this from scraps and other odd pieces of wood.

If you enjoyed this project, check out Lee Valley’s kit for making your own set of screwdrivers. They sell the shanks and the ferrules. You supply the wood and make your own handles. I started and completed the first one over the weekend. I will be working on it little by little over the next week or two. I wish someone would offer a bench chisel kit like this.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Bill Akins

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#3 posted 06-28-2010 02:01 PM

Very nice. I have been turning a lot lately. I’ll have to try this.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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Don Alexander

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#4 posted 06-28-2010 02:25 PM

I have turned around 10 of these screwdrivers and used them for gifts. I also have three that I made for myself and I love them. Just make sure you use epoxy on the ferrule. I used superglue for my first three, and they all came off.

-- Don Alexander, Jacksonville, Florida

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#5 posted 06-29-2010 04:44 AM

That turned out very nice. Where did you get the kit?

-- Ones' greatest strength is most often their greatest weakness.

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#6 posted 06-29-2010 04:47 AM

The kit is from Penn State Ind. About $7-8. They have a flat $7.50 shipping on orders.

I have looked at the Rockler kit. This one is about half the price, Rockler is $12-14. Directions are straight forward, you just need a drill press that can drill 3 3/4” deep or a chuck for the lathe to drill holes.

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