|Project by Brandon||posted 01-27-2012 07:38 AM||3153 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
This is a project that I’ve been meaning to do for awhile, but just recently got around to it. Chipbreaker screws are wide and usually the only screwdrivers that fit them well have very long shanks. I previously had been using an old flathead screwdriver with about a 10” shank, which isn’t ideal. I wanted a nice, short screwdriver that I could easily put my palm around (see last picture). Both Lee Valley and Lie-Nielsen make screwdrivers for this and I almost purchased the one from Lee Valley (it’s beautiful and only $15, but I always forget to get it when I order something else). So when I was at Harbor Freight they had this enormous screwdriver on clearance for three bucks, I knew I could use it to make my own chipbreaker screwdriver.
I cut the shank down to about 3 1/2”, which itself was more of a challenge than I expected. The hacksaw barely scratched it, so I broke out the angle grinder with a diamond blade and that still took a bit of work, but it got through it. Once the screwdriver was cut in two, I went looking for a piece of wood for the handle. I originally started with a nice piece of padauk, but I got a chisel stuck in it and had to break the handle to dislodge my chisel. Whoops! Then I decided to use some pecan that I obtain from my neighbor’s tree. The limb had been dead for some time and so we cut it down and I had a large piece of it drying for about a year—large enough for handle turnings but that is about it.
I think it turned out alright. Now I don’t have to use a precariously long screwdriver for working on the chipbreaker.
-- "hold fast to that which is good"