|Project by docholladay||posted 05-24-2010 04:54 AM||3256 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
Lately, I’ve been on a tool making/modifying/repairing kick. Tonight, I was just puttering around the shop (that’s code for – waiting for glue to dry). I have always wanted some nice wooden handled screwdrivers. There is just something about the feel of wood in your hands as opposed to plastic or any other material. This is especially so after the tool has been used and gets kind of polished from use. Anyway, I had this cheapy old screwdriver with a cheap plastic handle. I figured if I screwed it up, I wouldn’t be out anything. I also had the nice little scrap of beech wood. Then I remembered reading where someone had used a plumbing fitting to make a brass ferrul for a chisel. I have made handles for my chisels, why should it be any different for a screwdrivers. Anyway, I scrownged through some plumbing fittings I had left offer and found what looked like an appropriate piece to make a ferrule. I went to my band saw and cut the old plastic handle off of the screwdriver. I turned and shaped the handle into a shape that felt good. I started with square and left part of the flats in order to give better grip. I think it turned out pretty cool. What do you think?
-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc