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Forum topic by Jon1094 posted 12-28-2012 11:58 AM 959 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2012 11:58 AM

I am turning some new handles for my Irwin chisels and now want to make a set of screwdrivers followed by lathe tools. Any idea on where I can purchase quality metal ends of screwdrivers and lathe tools without buying the whole tool and removing handles?

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#1 posted 12-28-2012 12:57 PM

Most of these woodworking places sells kits. It may not be hat you looking for (dedicated shaft/bit).
Rockler and WoodCraft both have something.

I be interested in it, if someone sales the metal shaft/bit without a handle.
You can remove the plastic handle by heating up handle. At certain temperature, the shaft will pull right out.
I would hate to do that on good tools though but I wouldn’t want to make handles for cheap tools either.

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#2 posted 12-28-2012 01:00 PM

Lee Valley

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#3 posted 12-28-2012 01:20 PM

This link takes you to a McMaster Carr page offering explainations, specifications and typical uses for dozens of specialty steel rods and bars they sell.
They have O1, A2, A7, S7, HSS, etc.

Please note that most of the time these raw metal bars are not heat treated because tool makers typically do that after forming the tool shape.

If you want a good alternate that is already hardened check out their drill rod. It is HSS rod, ground to specific diameter and hardened. Typically used to make custom bits and lathe tools.

I just go for O1 rod for screw drivers and temper it after hardening for making screw drivers.

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#4 posted 12-28-2012 01:32 PM

Here ya go, some good ideas as well.

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