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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 602 days ago

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 602 days ago

Lee Valley

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#3 posted 602 days ago

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 602 days ago

Here ya go, some good ideas as well.

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