Old screwdrivers re-handled DIY (recycle).

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Project by mafe posted 02-28-2011 03:52 PM 7714 views 14 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Old screwdrivers re-handled
nice trick against plastic allergy…

As some fellow LJ’s I suffer from the wood fever, this means that when I use a plastic handled tool I don’t get the same pleasure as when I use a wooden handle.
I don’t get red spots, I don’t get fever, I don’t even go to the doctor, I simply smile less…

So it was time to fight the plastic and give into the wood.
The wood is all from an old foot of a garden parasol, so recycled, this makes my smile even bigger.
I also made a countersink, and a took a accu bit holder and made into little wood handle tools.

You can also see my DIY awls here:

1. Result of the effort, design and shape after the heart and use.
2. Goodbye plastic.
3. This was where my mushroom passion started, after this next step is to drill a hole in size of the screwdriver.
4. The tang with the side pieces, these I cut smaller and sharpen so they cut into the new wood shaft.
5. Then epoxy in the hole and the shaft are hammered on.
6. A new little family in the workshop, room for individuality.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, even some plastic allergy fighting out there.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 04:02 PM


Thanks for the post. I am VERY interested in doing this. I have a large flat head screw driver that I use for planes. It’s a great screw driver and sized just right for most plane hardware, but it has a plastic handle. Just yesterday I was working on refurbishing a plane and said to myself, I need to change this handle into wood. May have some question for you in the near future. Well done, and thanks for the post again!!

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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Glen Peterson

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 04:10 PM

Another great shop project from MaFe. I was checking out your home page over the weekend and noticed that you’re just north of Copenhagen. I spent some time there in 1989-1990. I lived in Helsingberg, Sweden for a short time and visited Helsinger and Copenhagen several times.
Thanks for posting.

-- Glen

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 04:23 PM

Those came out great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 04:31 PM

Very wonderful treatment for the aiding and abetting of wood fever, or the love of wood. Not only do
you smile more, but you pass that smile onto many others. Thank you for sharing your smile, now i have
to head out to the workshop and play.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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CrossGrain (Josh)

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#5 posted 02-28-2011 04:41 PM

Very nice!

-- Josh, Virginia ,

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#6 posted 02-28-2011 04:53 PM

little danish toolmaker
global interest

way cool !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 02-28-2011 05:12 PM

Those look so comfortable. Nice job.

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#8 posted 02-28-2011 05:21 PM

How you doing over there Bud? Hope all is well. Great job on these they all look great! Make them look like collectors items! Well done, be cool.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 02-28-2011 05:30 PM

As always well done down to the last detail .

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Chris Moellering

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#10 posted 02-28-2011 05:34 PM

Nice. Makes me wish I had a lathe….

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#11 posted 02-28-2011 06:46 PM

Hey Mads …either you have to go to your winther sleep like an old bear
or you have to make us all a complete set of your tools… one is possiple to
catch up with your speed
but I gess both things wuold making us missing you and your idea´s :-)
even though we are shaking nervewrecks every time you are gone a few days
never knowing what you are cooking on

cool tools

take care

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#12 posted 02-28-2011 07:36 PM

great idea. You should submit this to PWM – just kidding! I can think of a few screwdrivers I can practice with that have some cracked plastic handles. I like that the wood handles give it instant personality. Nicely done! Thanks for the tip.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#13 posted 02-28-2011 08:22 PM

Well done Mads! Soooo much better than yucky ole plastic handles….lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 02-28-2011 09:31 PM

Great job Mads!

Quote”Hope it can be to some inspiration” – No doubt, you did it again. This is a great way to bring back alive all old handled tools that I don’t use anymore because of the plastic or flimsy handles.

Thanks again for sharing your work and demonstratiing your talents.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#15 posted 02-28-2011 10:24 PM

Hi there!
againstthegrain, ask away, yes some old hand planes need a proper screwdriver.
Glen, then we are almost naighbours or was. Amazing, yes this world sure are small. So fun to imagine.
Swirt, ;-)
Gus, yes smiles have a wonderful effect of infecting others. Off you go.
Josh, ;-)
Patron, wonderful, wonderful David always makes me smile – right here in little Denmark.
TimL, yes so sweet in the hand, and for the eye.
Ken, I’m fine thank you, my smile has returned. They are a part of my collection now… And me yes, I’m a collector I guess.
Slimt, yes I’m happy there are no zoom function… lol.
Chris, look in my posts for the drill press lathe.
Dennis, you make the old bear laugh, yes I have to slow down, sorry, sorry, sorry…
Steve, you sure makes me laugh, yes that would be a idea.
Dan, I love that word: ‘yucky’, just wonderful.
Serge, you cant imagine how I love to inspire you. And another wonderful word: ‘flimsy’.
Best thoughts and thank you for the comments, nice funny and sweet,

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

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