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Project by docholladay posted 09-20-2010 04:37 AM 3028 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back, I posted a project where I experimented with an old screwdriver that had a cheap plastic handle that I hated. Anyway, I noticed a while back that Lee Valley offered a set of screwdriver shanks sans handles. They also sell nice brass ferruls. The set includes phillips, slotted and square drive shanks. I ordered the complete set and then made handles for them. The wood that I used for the handles is a mystery. I salvaged it from a pallet and I have not idea what it is. I has grain similar to beech, but I’ve never seen spalting like this in beech. It made for some very interesting handles. I also made the custom holder to store them from a piece of scrap rosewood that I had.

Thanks,

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc





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deucefour

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 05:14 AM

Nice screwdrivers, I didnt know you could purchase the inserts, may have to try it.

Robert

-- "I gotta have more cowbell"--------Bruce Dickinson

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 05:18 AM

Nice screwdrivers.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 08:35 AM

Wonderful screwdrivers,
(the spark plug no four is that for the radio?).
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 02:19 PM

This is another great little project and they will now mean more to you because you have expended your time and effort on them to customize them. They will mean a whole lot more to you than even an expensive ready made set. Good work, Doc.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 09-20-2010 08:15 PM

they looks great Doc
and great recycling :-)

take care
Dennis

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#6 posted 09-21-2010 09:12 PM

everything home made and custom is always the best :)
they look good!

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#7 posted 09-27-2010 03:38 PM

Doc,

I just received a set of these in the mail from Lee Valley. How did you drill out your handles and manage to get the “wings” on the end of the shaft down in there?

I’m considering splitting the handle blank on the tablesaw, mortising out a spot for the wings, clamping the two halves back together, drilling them out, gluing the two halves together with the shaft inside, and then turning it.

James

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docholladay

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#8 posted 09-27-2010 07:19 PM

James,

Do not split the blank. It is not necessary. I simply drilled the hole the appropriate size for the shank (BTW – they are metric in size – 5, 6 & 8 mm if memory serves).

Turn your handle and fit a/the ferrule. I purchased the brass ferrules from Lee Valley, but you could easily make ferrules from a piece of copper pipe or any other possible sources. Drill your hole, then drive the handle onto the shank. The little wings will drive into and wedge into the wood. This is what creates the tight fit necessary to prevent the shank from spinning in the handle.

The tricky part to me was getting the hole for the shank drilled straight. When I made these, I did have a drill chuck for my lathe nor did I have a live center with a large enough cone to center on the pre-drilled hole. Now that I have those, I would chuck the blank into my 4 jaw chuck, then drill the hole with my drill chuck in my lathe. Then I would install my 60 degree cone live center and turn the handle accordingly, fit and install the ferrule, drive in the shank and “Bob’s Your Uncle.”

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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docholladay

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#9 posted 09-27-2010 07:23 PM

For any others that migt be interested in doing this project, here is a website that is filled with good How To info. The article is specific to making a handle for a chisel, but the process is the same.

http://www.wkfinetools.com/contrib/jThompson/chHandles/chHandles-01.asp

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#10 posted 09-27-2010 08:34 PM

why didn´t you use the drillpress before you moved to the lathe
and then use a very little keyhole saw with reversed teeth
that how its done when you make knifes where the tang stop inside the handle
as well as if the tang goes trugh to meet a closed nut

Dennis

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docholladay

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#11 posted 09-28-2010 04:07 AM

Dennis, the little wings/tabs that James refers to are only a millimeter or two. They are small enough that they will just drive and wedge right into the wood. That is exactly how the Lee Valley folks indicated to do it in their catalog. It works great for this application. As for the drill press, I only have a little benchtop drill press. There wasn’t enough room to clamp the handle blank vertically and drill with a drill press. It really is easy to do by chucking the blank in a 4 jaw chuck and then drill using a drill chuck in the tail stock of the lathe. It is also very easy to precisely control the depth this way.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#12 posted 09-28-2010 01:32 PM

Ok to the small wings doc , just thought they were bigger :-)

and about the drill execise it just seems to me that everyone has a drillpress and I was the only
that hasn´t…..lol

take care
Dennis

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#13 posted 08-31-2011 07:25 AM

Great job on the screwdrivers, the spalting is awesome. I bought that same set from Lee Valley (and ferrules), I just haven’t gotten around to making handles yet. How’s the quality of the tips? Any wear in the past year of use?

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JamesVavra

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#14 posted 08-31-2011 03:12 PM

@Dan – Mine have been in use since around Thanksgiving last year – they’ve held up very well. I cannot tell much difference between how they look now and when they were brand new.

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#15 posted 08-31-2011 03:13 PM

@Dan – Mine have been in use since around Thanksgiving last year – they’ve held up very well. I cannot tell much difference between how they look now and when they were brand new.

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