|Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino||posted 01-14-2012 11:35 PM||3001 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
I still am in the toolmaking craze.
In 1970 I bought my first brand new car, a Volkswagen beetle that came with a small set of hand tools, including a screwdriver. The car was eventually sold but I kept the hand tools because of their high quality. That 42 year-old screwdriver had been made for mechanical purposes (not for woodworking) and has a strong and wide tip, thoroughly forged and tempered. I have been using it mainly for the maintenance of hand planes, especially on that large screw that tightens the cap iron to the blade. Everyone knows that this operation requires much torsion power but it has to be performed carefully in order to avoid destroying the screw slot.
Eventually the original plastic handle cracked and became useless, what was a great loss. So it happened an opportunity for carving another special tool handle. Considering that I need much torque from that handle, I got inspired by the traditional English screwdriver because of its circular handle. This shape increases dramatically the torque because of the leverage of its circular radius and it is more elegant than a mere cylindrical handle with equivalent radius. Also it fits the hand palm very comfortably.
The screwdriver blade was cleaned from its plastic remains and polished with a manual session of sand paper. The following operations are shown on the photos.
Dimensions of the handle: 4 ½” long, 1 ½ wide, 1 ¼ thick.
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