More Screwdrivers

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Project by scottb posted 04-04-2007 06:32 AM 4147 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

More Screwdrivers.

Unable to repair the broken mahogany screwdriver I made last Dec., I was able to salvage all the metal components and refabricate a new screwdriver (three actually). One out of maple (from the neighbors Civil-war era Maple), and two out of cherry, (right off the firewood pile, courtesy of my father-in-law).

I resawed the cherry into blocks, whereas the maple was turned down from a branch, pictures in a previous blog entry.

Again, I could have made these with a kit, but it was more fun (and marginally cheaper) to use a hacksawed open orange plastic handled jobby, and a piece of copper pipe (and no instructions) than to use a kit.

I drilled out the center hole with my shopsmith set to horizontal drillpress mode, then epoxied the nut (or whatever you call it) into place. After drying and cleaning up any internal drips, and making sure the shaft of the screwdriver would fit (using a file when necc.) I mounted these on the lathe with the drillpress attachement holding the shaft of the screwdriver as low as possible on the shaft to prevent wobbling. A quick turn down to .88” to accept the pipe ferrule (gotta love those calipers) and some epoxy to hold that in place (to prevent splitting if used for prying). A little wait for the epoxy to dry and another quick turn at the lathe brought these down to their final size/shape.

The first has a slight taper, the second has almost a coke bottle shape. This one will be Rob’s replacement for the “beer bottle” shaped one that just wasn’t up to task. A new version of the old theme. Well, we learn more from our failures. These are much, much sturdier.

The third (which is really the first in this set) was formerly the “rustic-grumpy ol' screwdriver” This has a similar “coke-bottle” shape, which fits the hand nicely. I filled a small crack with epoxy before taking it for a final turn. I LOVE the grain on this one.

The cherry ones are sanded to 500, and buffed with shavings to a nice sheen, and finished with boiled linseed oil.

Gorgeous, if I do say so myself – such an upgrade from the old handle – but also made for work!

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

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#1 posted 04-04-2007 11:32 AM

Scottb – Well done! I also like the mahagony one you were not able to repair. These will definitely stand up to the task over time. I must say, I would probably have abandoned the old broken one and just replaced it with a new one. I definitely will give this consideration in the future. Mike

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Roger Strautman

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#2 posted 04-04-2007 11:33 AM

Nice Scott, very nice! I like it when we have to improve someone else’s product. I like the caricature in the coke bottle handle. Thanks for sharing.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#3 posted 04-04-2007 12:45 PM

buffed with shavings?

I enjoy watching the learning curve unfold!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 04-04-2007 01:31 PM

Thanks! I forgot to mention that as I tried to repair the old one – intended to fit the shaft with some copper pipe to give both pieces something to glue to. I would then either use anothe piece of wood to bridge the gap, or perhaps use some epoxy product, like Raycrete.

But firtst I had to redrill out both pieces of the old handle. For safety’s sake, I drlled a new handle, and then attempted the part with the collet (That’s what it’s called!) doing so caused the remaining wood to split, which freed the copper ferrule, and the collet too. I figured those weren’t going to give up the wood so easily.

all the salvaged components in hand I could more easily (and reliably) start over.

How cheap to save the metal bits from a $5 scewdriver? trying not to throw those away, when I deliberately purchased them to toss the handles. Just the principle of the thing I suppose…

Oh, Debbie, yes Buffed with shavings. Just grab a handfull (there’s plenty everywhere!) and it’ll give a nice polish to the turned piece before you take it off the lathe.

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

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#5 posted 04-04-2007 01:34 PM


I’ve used an old dryer fabric softener sheet and although I have no idea what it really does, it does polish ok.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 04-04-2007 01:44 PM

Nice recovery from a dismal failure.

The learning curve continues.

A job well done. Karson

-- 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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#7 posted 04-04-2007 02:32 PM

Nice job, Scott.

I’m trying to figure out how to sneak a lathe into my shop without the wife leaving me for good.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 04-04-2007 07:10 PM

Great work Scott. Those babys will last you a lifetime I’m sure. thanks for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 04-04-2007 09:42 PM

Thanks for sharing Scott.
Now you should start making some fancy new handles for your lathe chisels.

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

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#10 posted 04-04-2007 10:10 PM

I am very impressed. I will be adding a lathe to my shop in a few weeks. I haven’t worked with a lathe is so long. There is so much one can do with a lathe. I have some ideas to turn a few projects to carve. Not sure of the complete idea but as soon as I gets something on paper and begin to work on them I’ll share them. Right now I am just working on staying warm. Temps dropped into the 30’s and some flurries. BURR! Nice work work Scott. Maybe when I get my lathe up and running you can give me some pointers.

-- In His Grip,

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#11 posted 04-04-2007 11:20 PM

Yea Scott Dick can show you some good sorby handles he’s made you can’t tell from the real mckoy. Nice work Scott, I have’nt been able to get on lumberjocks but I’ve been reading your blogs on it. Jockmike

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

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#12 posted 04-05-2007 04:25 AM

Nice work. I like the copper ferrules, it really dresses them up.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#13 posted 04-07-2007 06:09 AM

I just edited this one to add the photo of the complete Maple screwdriver.

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

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