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Project by Alask posted 08-05-2018 11:45 PM 1047 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello fellows.At this time I wood like to share my new “tool” project.

A regular screwdriver just doesn’t work well on cap iron screws. All of my old Stanley hand planes are marked on cap iron screw.

I love both Lie Nielsen and Lee Valley screwdrivers.For me from Brazil the final prices after all taxes are not friendly.

I just designed this screwdriver to make it both safe and easy to remove replace or adjust my cap irons.

It is simple to do and everyone can do similar with home tools.

The idea is using a stainless steel hard washer and a wood semi circle handle to hold it.

To find the correct thickness I filed and sanded before and left some steel for be “sharpened” at my diamond sharpening stone until a tight (perfect) fit at screw.

You must to “break” the corner because can be too sharp.Your finger will tell you when perfect.

These are the pictures:

These are very nice tools from Lie Nielsen and Lee Valley.

My project starts here:

I choose this kind of washer on right.

To cut the final semi circle without drill bit I did a guide from a scrap pine.

A pair of Kreg jig screws lock the work piece in place



It is very comfortable to use and a lot of leverage

Thanks for attention





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ksSlim

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#1 posted 08-06-2018 12:00 AM

Great useful tool project.

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 08-06-2018 01:08 AM

Nice idea to use a flat washer with parallel sides, should be a good fit in the screw. Regular flat blade screwdrivers aren’t very good for this due to their taper to the tip.
Nice work.

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#3 posted 08-06-2018 01:17 AM

Great idea!

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#4 posted 08-06-2018 01:38 AM

oh yeah you earned this :

AWARD :<))

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#5 posted 08-06-2018 01:57 AM

NIce design, and thanks for showing all the great build photos.

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 08-06-2018 04:49 AM

That is a very smart build, good job, and with the photo journey, everyone should be able to do this.

Thanks for posting.

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kocgolf

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#7 posted 08-06-2018 04:30 PM

Smart. Exactly a problem I was trying to figure out recently. I am definitely stealing this idea.

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Alask

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#8 posted 08-06-2018 09:56 PM

I am back.

I would like to say Thank You for each comment.It is my pleasure share the ideas with all of you here at Lumberjocks.

One tip I didn’t say before and just added above:

To find the correct thickness I filed and sanded before and left some steel for be “sharpened” at my diamond sharpening stone until a tight (perfect) fit at screw.

You must to “break” the corner because can be too sharp.Your finger will tell you when perfect.

One more time thanks for all comments.

Emerson

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Jim Rowe

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#9 posted 08-07-2018 05:49 PM

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
Jim

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