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Blog entry by blue77 posted 01-28-2016 08:44 AM 803 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thank you CFrye for directing me to terryR’s blog on how to make a split nut driver out of an old spade bit. I did not know what a split nut was a week ago, now I writing about how I made a dedicated tool for them. I followed terryR directions starting with cutting the top off a ½” spade bit.

Then with a dremel and a small file I squared out the hole. I used a sharpie to color the area that I was working on just so I could see it a bit better.

I had to thin out the bit as it was too wide and fat. I went to the grinder then cleaned it up again with the dremel and some buffing compound.

All that’s left is the handle so I picked a cool looking piece out of my scrap bin (I don’t know what kind of wood it is but it’s pretty) and turn a handle. I used a shellac and linseed oil finish.

I cut, sanded and shined up a bit of copper piping to use as a ferrule.

Then I just epoxied it all together and there you have it.

perfect fit.

But did you get the nut off? What are you going to do with that handle? Why are you wasting your time on this? Find out more on my next blog. Same amateur time, same amateur channel.

-- I love my lathe. It’s old, not too pretty and I don’t really know how to use it… Love it!

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#1 posted 01-28-2016 11:18 AM

Excellent, Blue! But, couldn’t you have simply made a notch in a small screwdriver, and thinned it down?

-- Mark

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#2 posted 01-28-2016 11:45 AM

And waste a good screwdriver? That’s just silly.

-- I love my lathe. It’s old, not too pretty and I don’t really know how to use it… Love it!

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#3 posted 01-28-2016 02:16 PM

And waste a good screwdriver? That’s just silly.

- blue77

Yeah, Mark IS just silly like that !

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#4 posted 01-28-2016 05:27 PM

Much more satisfaction in designing and making something usable from scrap material!


-- just rjR

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#5 posted 01-28-2016 05:55 PM

Looks like a perfect fit, Blue. Great looking tool!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 01-29-2016 01:26 AM

I’ve made picks and hooks with old warn or broken, screw drivers. Now I’ll have to watch for old spade bits, hadn’t thought of using them for another purpose. Should be good hard steel.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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