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Forum topic by Marn64 posted 08-05-2016 09:39 PM 775 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2016 09:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: screwdriver restoration question

So recently I found this really old screwdriver and I was wondering how you all would go about restoring it. It is missing some of the wood in the handle and the pins holding it in are flared. Could I perhaps replace the pins and keep the half of the handle that is unbroken or what?


-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#1 posted 08-06-2016 01:32 AM

Hi Ben. If I was doing this I’d want those pins left in place. I’d split out a piece slightly bigger then what is needed and rough shape it, then split that up the center. Notch out both sides to fit around the pin shafts and glue the pieces back together around the pins( a little epoxy around the pin shafts to keep it tight). Then I’d carefully sand it in place.

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#2 posted 08-06-2016 02:20 AM

I have several of those “perfect handle” drivers to re-scale myself. I can tell you that the pins should be pretty easy to replace. Just get some stainless rod or brazing rod the same size and search online for how to peen knife scales. I won’t go into detail but there’s a ton of guidance out there.

For the scales, cut a chunk to rough size and work it with a vise and a rasp until it fits in place. Then shape the top with rasps or whatever you prefer. It’s a simple process but hard to get just right. I got so frustrated I just sat it aside for a while. FWIW, I’d do both scales but you can keep the good one if you like.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 08-07-2016 12:06 AM

Thanks for the info, I like bold1’s idea but it seems difficult, so I will experiment and research. Any idea where it is likely from? It has no makers mark but it seems that this style was popular in Germany, thoughts?

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#4 posted 08-13-2016 02:00 AM

W. K. Fine Tools has a tutorial on refitting the handles on the “Perfect Handle” screwdriver that you have. I believe that the sawmill creek forum had a nice thread on re-fitting the handles as well.
Go ahead and fix it up, it will become one of your favorites.

-- Just making sawdust

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