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Walnut Screwdriver handles with Lee Valley Shanks

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Project by Adam posted 669 days ago 4626 views 30 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got these Lee Valley shafts about 2 years ago as a gift but had been struggling with how to make the handles. Well I picked up an inexpensive lathe and this is the first project completed on it. The handles are based off Darnell’s handles. He has an excellent how to on how he made his “handles” :http://http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68326 on his blog. I however do not have a metal lathe and needed another way to make the brass ferrules. I ended up using brass plumbing fittings of various sizes depending on the shaft.

The following is how I ended up making the handles. firist I make the square blancs onthe table saw and then made the handles into an octagon with the router.

Then i mounted the blank on the lathe and truned the shaft down so I could thread and epoxy the fitting on.



Then I remounted on the lathe. The brass is soft enough to turn with regular turning tools but I found the round scraper to be the easiest and smoothest cutting on the brass. After I roughed it round I used a file to make them perfectly flat.



I sanded up to 600 and polished the brass

Then I turned the rest of the handle, drilled the hole for the shaft on the lathe with a drill bit chuck, inserted the shaft, sanded and finished with BLO and wax.

I am really happy with the way they turned out and the hardest part will be actually using them.

Thanks for looking.

-- Adam, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 669 days ago

Fantastic job all around : ) Great idea using those brass fittings !

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WilcoFlier

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#2 posted 668 days ago

They are beautifull! Wel done!

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Gshepherd

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#3 posted 668 days ago

They look great….. Ohhh so pretty also. I have a bunch of old screw drivers I picked up at garage sales that are in good shape except for the handles being messed up on some and plan on doing the same. I bet you won’t be smacking them with a hammer like some of these I picked up looked like.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 668 days ago

Excellent job!

Lee

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Tim Dahn

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#5 posted 668 days ago

Nice… Also like the brass reducing bushing. Thanks for showing the process.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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lumberjoe

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#6 posted 668 days ago

I really want these, but I heard lee valley stopped carrying them. Those came out awesome and you cleared up a lot of the mystery for me

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clieb91

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#7 posted 668 days ago

Thanks for showing the process you used. They turned out real nice, congrats on the new lathe. Look forward to seeing what else you “turn ” out.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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waho6o9

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#8 posted 668 days ago

Most excellent work Adam, and thanks for the tutorial.
I like the use of the brass as well.

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RTim

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#9 posted 668 days ago

These came out really nice. I like the way your ferrules look much better than the ones Lee Valley sells. Theirs are kind of flimsy looking, yours looks like they add a lot of strength to the end of the handle.

The shanks are still for sale…$16.40 for the full set of 9. http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=64983&cat=1,43411,43417&ap=2

-- Tim from MA -- "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franlin

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Schwieb

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#10 posted 668 days ago

Beautiful screwdrivers! I’m impressed with the way you did the ferrules. You one upped the Lee Valley idea.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 668 days ago

The screwdrivers came out fantastic, and I’m even more impressed with the creative thought process behind their design.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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cutworm

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#12 posted 668 days ago

Man those are nice. And great thinking on the brass.
Thanks for sharing them with us.
Steve

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bondogaposis

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#13 posted 668 days ago

Those look great! Really nice work.

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