|Project by mgb_2x||posted 01-19-2010 04:20 AM||1656 views||8 times favorited||10 comments|
I made some screwdrivers for my son,son in law and all my nephews for Christmas, seemed to go over well. Got a call from my sister the other day asking what it would cost for me to make her a screwdriver because she too occasionally uses the tools. And, oh by the way, her husband would like one as well. So I made three tonight; one in Cocobolo, one in Lignum Vitae and one in Olive. For me Cocobolo is a lovely wood, smells great, turns and finishes woderfully. This was my first shot with Lignum Vitae and it is every bit as beautiful as I imagined, has a truly unique and pleasant smell. It was a bit difficult to turn to a nice finish. And then there is Olive, one of my top five woods, it is easy to work and is my all time favorite wood fragrance. Wonder if they bottle that stuff. Unfortunateloy this piece of Olive is very plain unlike most of the pieces you will find.
Included are a few photos of the process. I have used the Rockler kits but found a cheaper way to make them. I buy the srewdrivers from Home Depot for $2.99 or on sale at Harbor Freight for $1.99. Liberate the metal parts. Prepare the stock and drill a 5/8 hole, make sure it is deep enough, 4 inches works for me. I buy a 3/4 by 6 brass nipple from Lowes and use a lathe to slice them into 5/8 long segments. Some wood shops sell the ferrules that go on chisels or lathe tools and those wood work. Turn the wood to any shape you like. I then use a pipe clamp to slide the locking mechanism into the 5/8 hole. Certainly not a complicated project but one that people really enjoy and a great way to show your favorite wood.
And though I hate pot pourri, the dust and shavings in the shop really smell good.
-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove