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.
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!