Antique style screwdriver handles

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Project by WilcoFlier posted 07-22-2010 09:31 PM 6150 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My current project; making a set ‘atique style’ screwdrivers. Today I completed the handles, they are al made of native woods. Sanded to 1200 gritt, then polished with EEE ultrashine, and at last a coating of Shellawax.

The woods are from left to right: pear, plum, alder (very common here), cherry, laburnum, robinia and walnut. All native woods, no exotics.

The next thing to do is to attach the steel parts into the handles.

-- Wilco Flier

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#1 posted 07-22-2010 10:06 PM

Those are very nice handles with a really nice finish and beautifully turned.

I have one phillips screwdriver with a handle like that, except it’s painted, and I love it. There is another one I like too. It has the same basic shape as yours except it’s slightly oval in profile. That is, it is like yours but a little flat on opposite sides. It always amazes me the leverage that handle makes possible.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-22-2010 10:25 PM

Very nice! I am a total nut for wooden handles, do not own a single chisel, screwdriver or any tool with a plastic handle(and I have quite a number of tools). I own a range of cabinetmaker screwdrivers with handles very similar in pattern to yours. Only difference is that they are OVAL, which makes them a dream to use. How did they turn that?

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#3 posted 07-22-2010 11:01 PM

Very nice. I have a set of screwdrivers on my to do list, I’ll add your project to my favs. to look back at.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#4 posted 07-23-2010 12:22 AM

Well done, Wilco. I’m looking to get some handles for some rat-tail files that I inherited from my Dad recently. Thanks for the inspiration. I may just make ‘em, instead.

@Div – Turn ‘em on a lathe but offset the piece on the tailstock a bit – or the tailstock itself if it’s so equipped; first to one side then the other. Then, back to the middle for a sloooooowwwwww sanding.

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#5 posted 07-23-2010 12:23 AM

“All native woods, no exotics”. Haha..depends where you live. Those are all exotics here.
I wouldn’t necessarily call them ‘antique’, rather the use of plastic is only recent and will soon become the antiques. Perhaps traditional is the better term?

They look great and everyone should own a set!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#6 posted 07-23-2010 12:38 AM

Great Job.
I like your Chisel Handles too. !

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#7 posted 07-23-2010 02:31 AM

they looks great
well done


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#8 posted 07-23-2010 04:02 AM

I just completed a set of wooden handled screwdrivers myself. I just haven’t gotten around to taking pictures and posting them. Your handles look a lot nicer than mine. Very good. Where did you get the shanks for the screwdrivers? I purchased the set from Lee Valley.

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

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#9 posted 07-23-2010 04:03 AM

Also, what did you use for the ferrules?

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

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#10 posted 07-23-2010 08:23 AM

@ daltxguy; You are right, traditional is a better term indeed. And yes, in Holland are the New Zealand woods exotic.

@ docholladay; I got all my shanks from second hand screwdrivers I bougt on fleamarkets. The ferrules are plumbing fittings I bought in the DIY store.

-- Wilco Flier

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#11 posted 07-23-2010 08:47 AM

Very nice handles, I really like the old look and you have inspired me to make a few of my own. Great job.

-- RStadler

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#12 posted 07-29-2010 10:10 PM

Really beautiful, I have to hake some in this shape.
Thank you for sharing

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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