Screwdrivers and Marking Tools

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Project by EarlS posted 05-09-2022 12:09 PM 574 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As the title of the post suggests, the latest swap was screwdrivers and marking tools.

Since I don’t have a lathe to make handles for the obvious entries, I decided to make a trifold bit index that I came across in the Woodsmith plans. It holds both drill bits and the various driver bits. It turned out to be more challenging than it looked after a quick read thru the plans. After a couple mulligans and some do-overs I managed to get the curves and joints to fit together into something resembling the picture on the plans.

The body is cherry and the caps are walnut.

I also came across a variation on a depth gauge while looking thru the Woodsmith plan library. It is Bubinga.

I cheated a bit, and made layout gauges like some I made for another swap (another Woodsmith plan). One is for marking straight layout lines and the other for interior and exterior curves. They are Osage Orange.

After finishing the index, and gauges I decided I probably should attempt to make a ratcheting screwdriver handle without a lathe. The curves on the sides were cut out on the bandsaw.

The filing and final sanding were done on the drill press.

I think the handle is Shedua.

Just for fun, and because Eric didn’t have one, I included a dice mallet (yellow heart head, cherry handle).

My Dad is visiting and we are building a stand and commissioning the lathe he built. By the next swap like this I should be able to make something turned on a lathe. For practice, I’m going to be making chisel and screwdriver handles.

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

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#1 posted 05-09-2022 01:05 PM

Well done as usual, Earl! Even without a lathe, you figured out a good way to make a pretty looking screwdriver handle, and Keebs gave you one of the few people who didn’t already have a dice mallet!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 05-09-2022 01:13 PM

beautiful set of tools Earl and a REALLY neat screwdriver with a latheless handle. Innovative thinking is what keeps us young – ??

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 05-09-2022 02:41 PM

pretty cool stuff earl,nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 05-09-2022 03:13 PM

Very well done Earl. A highly useful set of marking tools, an un-turned driver and a lucky dice mallet :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#5 posted 05-09-2022 06:53 PM

I did a handle without a lathe as well, and it ain’t for lightweights. I added to the burn plie some pieces of Walnut, and curly Maple. I didn’t think to use the drill press, Hummmm. Lathe turney thing, drill press also turney thing, Doh!!!!

I think yours looks better than mine, and where the heck did you get a ratchet screwdriver?

Awesome stuff Earl.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 05-09-2022 08:22 PM

Excellent job (as usual) Earl. Just a really nice set. I really like that depth gauge. I also welcomed Eric to the “dice mallet club”.

-- 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 05-09-2022 08:31 PM

Great job Earl, Some great ideas there!

-- Ryan/// I like chips...and sawdust...but mostly chips...with vinegar

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#8 posted 05-09-2022 09:27 PM

Who needs a lathe. Nice work on the handles. I’ve always liked that WS drill index. Might have to make one myself one of these days. Those little marking gauges are pretty cool too. They would be perfect for an apron pocket.

-- 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 05-09-2022 09:38 PM

I really like that depth gauge, Earl. Very purdy and unusual – like me – LOL.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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#10 posted 05-10-2022 12:29 AM

I’m really hoping that this will be the last swap I do without having a lathe at my disposal. That doesn’t mean I’ll know how to use it, but I’ll have one.

I think the ratchet screwdriver is from Woodcraft but I found it on Amazon.

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

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#11 posted 05-10-2022 12:38 AM

Really nice job on these swap tools!

-- AJ

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#12 posted 05-10-2022 01:33 AM

That bit index is awesome.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 05-10-2022 01:36 AM

Yes, a wonderful set Earl. Those marking gauges are working out very nicely, I need to get a mechanical shop pencil. The set up gauge is a great tool to have, table saw, router table. The drill index is neat to, need to find a place in the shop for it. And a ratcheting screwdriver will be very useful. The lucky dice hammer, works great with my chisels, nicely balanced. (I just got it, the sides add up to lucky 7). I am honored to be a part of the group.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#14 posted 05-10-2022 10:11 AM

Nice looking set earl, really like the trifold bit index.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#15 posted 05-10-2022 07:18 PM

Great looking tools Earl. Nope, you don’t need a lathe to make a handle.
I’ve thought about making a support for the bottom of something turned on a drill press like a tail stock would do. Not sure if that would work or not.
Is that an extra line of holes on the trifold bit index? Maybe for future expansion?

Oops, your project didn’t make it to the main project page, might check your tag.

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

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