In working out the details for the new and improved screwdrivers, I spotted this piece of maple, just hanging out on the lathe. Yes Frank it spoke to me… a screwdriver it wanted to be…
Yes a rustic maple 6-in-1 screwdriver, perfect for the winters gloved hands!
Apparently this hasn’t changed its outlook on life yet, so this is gonna go for a spin once the epoxy has cured a bit, and see if I can’t change its demeanor.
Meanwhile, as far as repairing the mahogany number goes, I grabbed this well seasoned piece of cherry, and took it to the table saw to reveal the beauty within…. Just a preview of what’s next:
Nice, clear straight grain, (Yep, off the firewood pile!) I extracted a 2×2 piece long enough to make two. One for display, and one for use? Nope, both will go into service – though, probably semi-retirement – light around the house duty, or perhaps a place in the (someday) heirloom toolchest. While I’m sure it will be able to handle anything shy of prying open a rusted shut gallon of paint, I won’t send such a beauty out with the battle worn soldiers in the toolbox.
I’ve already hacked off the orange handles, (it’s getting easier) and have a grand total of three waiting to hit the lathe, but you’ll have to wait to see those!
I’d call today a successful day in the shop, not super productive, but successful. I’ve figured out a consistent way to counterbore the handles to accept the shaft, A new 5/8 bit instead of a spade bit has made part of the difference.
The other reason? I finally figured out why my shopsmith has stopped spinning when meeting too much resistance. I thought this was bit slippage (not out of the question using a 50+ year old chuck on a 50+ year old machine, held in place with a mere set screw) but it seems that a screw on the pulleys didn’t line up with a groove on the motor shaft. I knew it didn’t seem right that my cordless drill could do a better job, but now, it can’t.
Oh, now things can move full speed ahead. I’m a happy boy!