Shop Made Walnut Screwdrivers....without a Lathe

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 01-28-2014 08:31 PM 2816 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After growing frustrated at the options for nice woodworking screwdrivers, I decided to make my own set. It took way longer than I thought it would, but I had a good time. They aren’t perfect by any means. Not totally uniform or identical, but they have a nice hand-made feel.

The shanks came from Lee Valley. I’m not gonna say the shanks are as nice as Lie Nielsens, but they’re pretty darn good quality for the price. The ferrules are copper plumbing fittings, and the crotch walnut handles were made in my shop… without a lathe. I wrote a ridiculously long blog about the process if your interested.

Take care ya’ll. Hope it inspires some more tool crafting. Red

Blog Link- Shop Made Screwdrivers Without a Lathe

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 08:42 PM

These came out great. Thanks for posting the pics and the great how to blog. I looking forward to seeing some BRKH inspired screwdrivers in the weeks to come!

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 09:06 PM

I wish I had some screwdrivers that nice looking. Excellent work!

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 09:25 PM

Red, these are awesome. I’ll be heading over to the blog to learn your tricks. I have a lathe, but it’s in parts, waiting for bearings and a VFD. Lathe required projects are piling up – maybe I can knock out a few on the DP.

A gent named Bob over on the OWWM forum is notorious for his screw driver handles, which got me thinking about making my own… yours just pushed me over the edge.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 09:34 PM

these look amazing, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#5 posted 01-28-2014 09:41 PM

Nice looking handles Red, good job.

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#6 posted 01-28-2014 10:05 PM

They’re prettier than screwdrivers have a right to be. Very nice.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 01-28-2014 10:12 PM

Very nice looking set and a good grip shape .
Nicely done and thanks for the blog on this .

-- Kiefer 松

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#8 posted 01-28-2014 10:20 PM

Very nice Red.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#9 posted 01-28-2014 11:36 PM

Pretty nice looking set. Good work on the drill press.

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#10 posted 01-28-2014 11:46 PM

Very nice. I love shop made tools. How do you like the shape of the handles now that they are done?

-- Glen

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#11 posted 01-29-2014 12:19 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments guys.

Glen, I really do like the square shape. Imo, round handles would be too slippery, and would roll off the bench. That said, you could still make this style on a lathe by knocking the corners off a square blank.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#12 posted 01-29-2014 12:41 AM

Nice work, if I ever caught someone hitting one of those with a hammer or leaving them out in the rain I am certain bad things would happen to them. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 01-29-2014 12:56 AM


-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#14 posted 01-29-2014 01:07 AM

Very nice! Off to check out your blog!

-- Dean

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#15 posted 01-29-2014 01:21 AM

Looking good, Red! Love the copper and the burl.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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