Screwdriver Swap 2016, mulberry and dogwood

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Project by Rick M. posted 06-02-2016 03:13 AM 754 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The screwdriver is a US made Mac N6 that had a wood handle. I found it one day when accompanying my daughter to an artist’s reuse store. My plan was to rehandle and keep it for myself but plans change. I replaced the wood handle with an 18th century style handle that I like much better. The flat sides prevent rolling and provide leverage for tough screws. The rounded heel fits comfortably in my hand and allows you to bear down if needed. The wood is white mulberry and the sides are dogwood. The dogwood will age to a rich brown, about the color of coffee with a little cream, and have better contrast over time. Dogwood is hard and heavy, similar to rosewood or osage orange. Mulberry is harder than hard maple but tough like hickory, and often used in hockey sticks and tennis rackets. Both woods were harvested locally here in NC and have been drying for years. They should perform well as handle material. I did not epoxy the blade or ferrule because both were a good friction fit. I nailed the taper so well for the ferrule that once I slid it on by hand for a test fitting, there was not getting it off without damaging something so I press fit it rest of the way, about 1/8”, and I can’t imagine it coming off.

The honey dipper was a quick little bonus item. The idea came from Babieca, who sent me one (I was running a bit behind). Not sure of the wood species since it came from a recycled furniture spindle but if I had to guess I’d say red maple.

When I packed the screwdriver, there was a lot of extra room and I keep little items in my office to give away as gifts. A toy zamboni fit in the package perfectly. Not sure if clieb91 has kids or grandkids but hopefully it finds a home.

My original plan was to make a reproduction of an 18th century Stanley turnscrew. Well it turns out they are a little (or in my case, a lot) more difficult than they first appear. It seems like I failed at everything. The first handle inexplicably blew apart as I nearly finished. I ruined two brass ferrules. The blade ended up being about a millimeter wider than I intended. So the lesson is start early. I procrastinated a bit then life started throwing curve balls at an ever increasing pace.. so it goes. A couple of people executed turnscrews extremely well so I hopefully will pick their brain and see where I should have zigged instead zagged.


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#1 posted 06-02-2016 04:20 AM

Good shape and design. Flat sided is great to keep it from rolling. Great job zig and zagin.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 06-02-2016 04:22 AM

Nice save with Mac driver Rick, I like the rib detail you did there.

What are the pointed sticks for?

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#3 posted 06-02-2016 06:25 AM

I like hand (home) made and refurbish tools and workshop accessories. Those look realy nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 06-02-2016 09:01 AM

Look at what I dug up, looking for what the heck a “turnscrew ” is.
I still don’t know.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 06-02-2016 11:19 AM

Looks great.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#6 posted 06-02-2016 11:52 AM

Way to persevere, Rick! Nicely crafted driver. Hopefully, Chris will post a pic of the darkened dogwood some time in the future. I thought a Zamboni was the machine they use to smooth the ice rink? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 06-02-2016 01:03 PM

Nice design on the handle Rick, plus a Thales Square, honey dipper and a Zamboni good show

bud. Thanks for preserving and making the swap a success.

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#8 posted 06-02-2016 02:36 PM

Sweet action, Rick. I love it.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#9 posted 06-02-2016 04:10 PM

Look at what I dug up, looking for what the heck a “turnscrew ” is.
I still don t know.

- Mark Wilson

Oops, sorry everyone. A turnscrew is just an older name for screwdriver.


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#10 posted 06-03-2016 12:44 AM

Mulberry and dogwood. What a beautiful combination. Nice work!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 06-05-2016 10:11 AM

I’m looking forward to putting it to good use in my shop.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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