Screwdriver Set

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Project by JamesVavra posted 10-27-2010 03:05 AM 2003 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two sets of these screwdrivers – one for myself and one that I will give my Dad for Christmas. Turned from curly and crotch black walnut and finished with 5 or 6 coats of lacquer.

Screwdriver shanks came from Lee Valley (


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#1 posted 10-27-2010 03:24 AM

Awesome job. I was looking around for some screwdrivers that weren’t 4-in-1. Do they seem high quality?

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 04:51 AM

I also made a set from the Lee Valley kit. Those are very nice. I really like that Walnut. Very nice.

Tim, the Lee Valley screwdriver shank kit is an excellent set. it comes with 3 sizes each of slotted, phillips and square drive. Also, it isn’t expensive. They also sell the brass ferrules for them. They have become my favorite screwdrivers. I think that I am going to try again on the handles though. Next time, I think that I am going to find some really choice wood and make octagon shaped handles to make them easier to turn and get some real torque on them.


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

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 06:11 AM

They look great. I just finished a set of these for my Dad’s Christmas present (great minds think alike). I will post them after Christmas as he sometimes looks at my projects.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 12:39 PM

niice set with some fantastic woodhandles

thank´s for sharing

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 02:02 PM

Very nice set. I like the wood selection. Thanks for the thought, I didn’t know that this kind of kit was available. Gets me thinking that it would be nice to have a set with handles a little larger to fit my grip, or lack of grip it seems as I get older.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 02:36 PM

Tim – they are very high quality shanks. I don’t really like the thin, stamped brass ferrules – if I had it to do all over again, I think I’d use a 1/2” length of half inch copper pipe. I have also just completed a couple of the 4-in-1 sets (from Rockler, I think) and used 3/4” copper pipe for the ferrules, which looks a lot better than the brass.

Doc – the squirrely grain in these blanks made it very difficult to drive the shafts in. My first set was made of rock maple and I had no problems. For those who don’t know, the shafts have little ‘wings’ on them (to keep them from spinning when you turn them). There was not a really easy way to cut grooves in the drilled holes for them, so I just pounded them in. Four of them split at least a little and had to be re-chucked, filled, and re-finished. On the last few, I ended up using a jigsaw blade and cut starter grooves (by hand – it was not an easy task). This helped, although I did have some minor splitting on one of the handles with the grooves.


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#7 posted 10-27-2010 05:09 PM

Nice handles and great name

G. Vavra

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#8 posted 11-10-2010 01:40 AM

These are a very nice project/s, and, would definately make a grrrreat gift for Christmas. How well are the tips holding up? I just wondered if they were made in USA, or where? Thnx OH, and would it have been possible to drill a little bigger hole for the shafts, and I mean, like the next size bit to help make it ezier to put in the handle? just a thought. I’ve got a few 4 in 1 sets I’ve been wanting to do for Christmas gifts.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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