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Forum topic by Ripthorn posted 08-20-2014 08:13 PM 1103 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2014 08:13 PM

So I got a new lathe and I am crazy. The convergence of those two facts has led me to pursue a rather ridiculous project. I also do metalworking and electronics work, so I use precision screwdrivers regularly. The only thing is that most of them are ugly, so I would like to turn new handles for some precision screwdrivers. Turning a handle is no big deal, but most precision screwdrivers have a freely spinning end cap to allow for pressure to be applied along the shaft while turning the screw. My question is this: Is there a relatively easy way to create this sort of joint in a wooden handle? How? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#1 posted 08-20-2014 08:25 PM

Now that is something interesting… I don’t think I am of any use here though, unfortunately

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 08:39 PM

A steel bearing could be set into the handle with a press fit. Then a turned cap could be made with a tenon that would press fit into the center hole of the bearing, the top of which could be turned to whatever shape you desired. Should work, think I’ll make one right now.

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#3 posted 08-20-2014 08:54 PM

Yes this is not so difficult as it sounds .If you get your desired wood oversized i.e thicker than required and cut it up the middle then stick it back to gether with woodglue first gluing down with the wood glue, a piece of newspaper etc the full length between both pieces to be glued .Turn as per normal then seperate using a small blade into two identical pieces,also make it longer so as not to damage the part needed.Then cut out your portion at the swivel end with a dremel etc make a swivelling part out of wood plastic metal etc vaseline the swivel lightly and sit it in position within the cavity you have created with the dremel in other words a small suitable housing area cut/carved with the dremel type of tool tightly made to avoid slo but big enough to contain the swivelling top comfortably together .Then when old paper is removed clean everything thorougly then hold it together with an elastic band carrying out a dry run before gluing, this is to make sure the swivell is not obstructed and is able to move satisfactorally .Then remove bands and glue and hold till finished using tape electrical type or whatever easily removable tape is available.You could/should perhaps make it as said longer then when the glue is set position it back on the lathe for final sanding or any enhancements require, I hope this makes sense it’s really quite easy just a lot of stages to go through. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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