4-Axis Wera Style Screwdriver

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Project by Lazyman posted 03-19-2019 01:32 AM 1305 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After experimenting with several shapes for screwdriver handles, I finally settled on one that resembles the Wera screwdrivers. This was pretty easy to do by simply marking the proportions with a piece of tape on the tool rest where the lobes needed to be. I made one for a gift to a friend last year (2nd picture, massaranduba) but I decided I wanted to try making one that was not perfectly round to get an even better grip. I decided to try to use the same shape on a 4-axis turning—1 centered and 3 offset (5th picture). I tried to do this free hand with the tape markers on the tool rest but getting the depth uniform on all 3 sides was tough. After several failed attempts it hit me that I needed a template so I had a buddy help me weld a flat bar to a a round post for a custom tool rest and I made a template that I can screw down to it. I clamped a dowel to a carbide tool to follow the template (4th picture) and got what I think is a very comfortable shape. The first picture is the result. The template makes it really quick to get a consistent shape, not only on each axis but it should make it easier to get the same shape on multiple screwdrivers. It was made from Bradford pear using a multi-bit kit from Woodcraft and finished with Tried and True varnish oil which is my go-to finish for handles and tools. I made this one as a bonus item for the 2019 Spring Surprise Swap.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#1 posted 03-19-2019 02:01 AM

such a wonderful bonus item ….. i am very curious how it feels in your hand GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 03-19-2019 02:01 AM

Great Job.

The screwdrivers that I have that are not round actually are the easiest to get a strong grip with.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 03-19-2019 09:33 AM

Looks good! Sad to say, almost all my screwdrivers are plastic-handled. Fixing that is on my list, but….

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 03-19-2019 11:10 AM

That’s a lot of work for a screwdriver handle. Having said that, I’m in the same place Dave is, no ergonomical handles on my screwdrivers, just the cheapo plastic ones. Someday…...

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Bill Berklich

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#5 posted 03-19-2019 11:37 AM

Cool handle – I’ve been wanting to do a multiaxis turn but I’ve been a bit intimidated by it. Maybe I’ll give it a go in the next couple of weeks.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#6 posted 03-19-2019 11:38 AM

Very nice Nathan. I have not tried off center turning yet, maybe I need too. Nice job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 03-19-2019 12:58 PM

Well, I’m glad you went ahead and nailed down the shape and process for me! I like the tool rest and follower idea. I can see that being useful for a lot of different things. Curious though, in your last picture, it looks like the offset center points aren’t symmetric about the center axis?

Great work man!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 03-19-2019 02:18 PM

Thanks guys.

You are right Kenny, one is off just a bit. I think that happened partly because I didn’t square up the end properly. I also should have used an awl to mark the mount point so that it was less likely to move as I tightened the tail stock. I should have mounted it in the chuck to square up the end before mounting off axis (or squared it up before turning). BTW, you may have to experiment a little with the off axis diameter. I think this was about 1/2” if I remember correctly. I then used the same radius on the compass to layout the 3 points.

Bill & Jeff, The off axis turning really isn’t too bad. It is definitely easier than roughing a bowl from an oddly shaped blank. Mike Peace has a good video on making a weed pot (which I made here) that shows the basics. 3-axis turning is a great way to make hammer and mallet handles.

Earl, Once you get one done, You can really crank them out. Once initially rounded, the template makes it repeatable so you could make a whole set of them in an afternoon, though you might want to make different sized templates for different sized shanks. It might be a good idea to save the prototype as a setup master that you do not part off and complete so that you can use it to double check your setup for each one and for doing more of them in the future.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 03-19-2019 02:27 PM

Beautiful driver. I’m a Wera fan as well.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 03-19-2019 02:47 PM

Thanks guys.

You are right Kenny, one is off just a bit. ...

- Lazyman

Just wanted to be sure that wasn’t a necessary part of the layout that I just wasn’t comprehending ;-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 03-19-2019 07:43 PM

That shape is nice to look at. Very well done Nathan.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#12 posted 08-10-2019 10:43 PM

Very nice example of multi-axis work.

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#13 posted 08-11-2019 11:38 AM

Thanks Mark!

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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