|Project by bko||posted 02-21-2010 12:01 AM||1406 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
I made this screwdriver from an off-cut from some 2×2 cherry table legs. I turned the cherry block on my drill press using the hanger bolt adapter shown. The ferule is a plumbing part I found and the magnetic bit holder was from the hardware store. Both are epoxied in place with the hole for the bit holder broached to a hex shape using an old bit that I ground. The finish is boiled linseed oil followed by shellac.
I use regular turning tools to turn on the drill press along with a tool rest I have made. It works well, but you have to respect the limitations of using a machine that was not designed for lateral loads! The green dot on the hanger bolt screw, coupled with a similar dot on the chuck, allows me to get the block back in the chuck the same way every time. This seems to minimize problems when remounting the work, since you need to check the fit of the ferule many times.