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Making a chisel from a screwdriver

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Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 09-22-2014 02:51 PM 2345 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a very small chisel for a box that I’m making. Rather than waiting to buy one, I grabbed a small screwdriver and transformed it into a very sharp chisel.



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#1 posted 09-22-2014 05:41 PM

very cool

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 11:27 PM

Very nice. I have some tiny screwdrivers in mind for this. Thanks for showing how it’s done

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#3 posted 09-23-2014 12:08 AM

Awesome

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#4 posted 09-23-2014 08:58 AM

It would surprise me Marty if the tip of your screwdriver wasn’t hardened. Perhaps some of the cheapest ones are not. Screwdriver shafts are also pretty tough steel. Screwdrivers make great chisels and I think your edge may last longer than you think. Your sharpening routine produced an impressively sharp edge.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 09-23-2014 08:08 PM

You can tell by the “bushy” sparks coming off the grinding wheel that it’s hardened.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#6 posted 09-23-2014 08:24 PM



You can tell by the “bushy” sparks coming off the grinding wheel that it s hardened.

- murch


I have my doubts. The edge doesn’t hold very well. This was a cheap light-weight screwdriver after all.

For kicks I should do this to some more screwdrivers and compare. It doesn’t really take very long.

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#7 posted 09-25-2014 08:19 PM

Best of luck with that. Nothing like making your own.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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