|Project by Spur||posted 03-04-2013 02:03 AM||716 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
So I couldn’t wait to do another turning. I had grabbed a cutoff of what looks like red oak from a cutoff bin at the woodworkers guild shop and decided to turn a handle at home. Of course I don’t have a lathe, so I bored a hole for the screwdriver holder thingie. Since I did not have the right size drill bit I had to use the auger to do it, into endgrain. I had to pull it out a dozen times or so to clean off the screw before I got to the proper depth. I am sure there is a secret to boring endgrain, but I don’t know it.
I then inserted the thingie and then the shaft of the screwdriver, put a few rounds of painters tape around it, and chucked it up in the drill press. I rigged up a makeshift wooden rest and between rasps and a sharpened screwdriver to shave the wood, it came out ok. Now to throw in the disclaimer, I was going for something a bit whimsical. I am a pretty big guy with big hands, so I figured I would make it oversized. I added the last picture as a comparison of a normal screwdriver handle.
The goal was to have fun, make something whimsical that I could still use, and when I tired of it, I could remove the screwdriver part and use it as a handle for a vise screw or something. I jointed and squared the rough shaped block as best as I could on the table saw. Planed it a bit with the #5, knocked off the corners on the table saw, and then turned the narrow part and sanded it on the drill press.
-- Henryk, South Carolina