6 way Screwdriver

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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 01-11-2015 12:32 AM 1337 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make a screwdriver that fits my hand and looks like it belongs to a woodworker. I took a 6 way
screwdriver I had with a florescent pink handle (I think had been given to me as a joke). I cut the handle
off of it and saved all the parts. I have a bunch of 4’ – 6’ pieces of 8/4 Mahogany, I found an end with a flaw
about 12” from and end. I cut off the 12” piece and ripped it to 2” square. I turned 2 similar handles with 1 end
turned down with a 3/4” tenon. I inserted the drill chuck in the tailstock, first drilling a 3/8” hole 5” deep.
I then drilled a hole for the screwdriver collet to be pressed into place with my vise. Before removing the handles
I applied 2 coats of oil finish.

I am pretty pleased with the way the screwdriver turned out and will order some kits to make more. I believe
they would make nice gifts and are quite easy to make.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#1 posted 01-11-2015 08:46 PM

Dont you EVER rest???? Pretty handy tool!

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Todd Swartwood

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#2 posted 01-11-2015 09:44 PM

Hey Joe,
Sometimes I think all I do is rest. Because of my back trouble I can not put in a very long day. I go
to bed feeling like I have been at it all day, when really it has been only a couple hours. So when I think about how long something takes to build, I have to remember I can only put in a few hours a day. Cindy says how long will that take, I say just a couple days. When it actually takes me well over a week because of my per day limitation. But I am grateful I can get into my shop or I would go crazy.
I am drawing up a jig to build right now. It will be like the Robert Sorby Sizing tool. I don’t do much lathe
work but I can not get the knack of using the calipers and parting tool at the same time.
any suggestions?
Thanks for being faithful in following my posts and making comments
You have an awesome evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#3 posted 01-11-2015 11:32 PM

Well Buddy, you’re asking the WRONG GUY about lathe work LOL. I’m still too much of a newbie to be giving advise yet. Yesterday I was trying to turn a bowl and somebody (local friend) had told me he uses superglue to mount a “turning block” to the bottom of his bowls. Says he turns all his this way, then he just cuts the block off the bowl when he’s done turning.

So ok, I figure I’ll give this a try. I mounted a piece of 2X4 using superglue, clamp it up and wait 3 hours. Screw the faceplate to the 2X4 and spin her up. About the 3rd time I go to just TOUCH the wood with the gouge and BAM … the bowl separates from the block and goes spinning like mad across the floor. Put a pretty good ding in the wall.

Oh well, back to using Titebond 3 to mount my turning blocks :-)

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#4 posted 01-16-2015 12:23 AM

Todd, Great job. A good rebirth for a pink screwdriver! Not sure how much the kits cost that you mentioned, nor what’s included in them, but you can buy a Sheffield 6 in 1 screwdriver for less than $5 at Lowes and strip the plastic handle off of it. Then make your own handle.

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