Turnscrews for Screwdriver Swap

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Project by ToddJB posted 06-02-2016 05:34 PM 925 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Here is my submission for the Screwdriver Swap we just finished up. I made a set of 3 old timey turnscrews.

The materials used:
Handles are East Indian Rosewood
Ferrules started out as 1/4” brass flare nuts
Blades are 3/32nd O1 tool steel.

This was my first go a making screwdriver blades and any sort of heat treating. You can see my humble set up the last pic. In the 5th pic you can see the process of construction.

The blades were burned into the wood. I drilled a 3/32nd hole as centered as I could to help guide the blade as it was scorching its way through the wood. A stinky process with oily rosewood.

The finish was just buffed and waxed.

These are far from perfect. I have many nit-picky things that I wish would have come out better, but I am pretty pleased over all with the result.

These have found there way LJ Mos, our super moderator for the swap, I hope he gets a life time of use out of them. And as with all of my tools he knows he has a lifetime guarantee. I offer that not because I’m confident these tools will never break, but because I really have no idea what I’m doing and winging it along the way.

In return I received a this super fine set of drivers from LJ HokieKen, as well as a bonus item knock out bar for my lathe.

These swaps are a great time and an awesome learning experience. If you have not taken part yet, do it!

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 06-02-2016 05:41 PM

Beautiful Todd. Well done!

-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#2 posted 06-02-2016 05:42 PM

First thing on my list is to create a holder for them so I can have them accessible and close by. Maybe on the french cleat just off the end of my bench…

They’re pretty awesome! I think it’s the “Love” that makes all the difference ;-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 06-02-2016 06:04 PM

Looks nice
I need to order a set from you
Always nice job


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#4 posted 06-02-2016 06:30 PM

Excellent work ToddJB!

The elegant style of yesteryear brought back to life with your fine workmanship, good show Sir.

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

I really like how those turned out. Beautiful job!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#6 posted 06-02-2016 06:38 PM

Thanks all.

I really like how those turned out. Beautiful job!

- duckmilk

turned out – I get it.

And Mos, sorry I didn’t make a holder. The holders and boxes in the swap were a great idea. But now, this way, it can be a collaborative effort ;)

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

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#7 posted 06-02-2016 06:40 PM

Awesome work TJB. They turned out fantastic buddy.


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#8 posted 06-02-2016 06:53 PM

Those turned out extremely nice. I’ll have to make some too.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#9 posted 06-02-2016 07:32 PM

Beautiful job!

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#10 posted 06-02-2016 07:40 PM

But now, this way, it can be a collaborative effort ;)

- ToddJB

lol I’ll go with it

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#11 posted 06-02-2016 08:05 PM

Beautiful, and fair warning that I will be borrowing that shape on some future turned tool. Very sophisticated looking.

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#12 posted 06-02-2016 08:13 PM

Thanks Shane, borrow away. I like it a lot too. I’ve starting buying those flare nuts in bulk to keep cost down.

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

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#13 posted 06-02-2016 08:37 PM

I like those. I think I am going to have to learn to make a set of those.

-- Jeff NJ

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#14 posted 06-02-2016 09:21 PM

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#15 posted 06-02-2016 09:29 PM

You can’t beat the old turnscrew shape IMO. The most comfortable screwdrivers ever and you knocked it out the park Todd. Well done!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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