Screwdriver

Turning a wood handle to use for a screwdriver is a great project. The result is that you get a lovely wood handle in your choice of woods. It's easy to do by using the insides of the readily available plastic handled screwdrivers available at most hardware or large home improvement stores!

 

The Pen Turner's Corner: Turning a Screwdriver HandleThe Pen Turner's Corner: Turning a Screwdriver Handle
By: Don Ward
I think most turners started much the same way I did. We put a “spindle” between centers and started making it round learning how to use the various tools. Once comfortable with tool use and possibly after formal or informal lessons we drift away from spindle turning to making bowls, boxes and other forms. Some of us drift to penturning, which is basic spindle turning. Boxes, bowls and hollow forms are much more fun, although I have a passion for making pens. But, spindle turning can be fun and produce some practical items. No, not stair spindles or porch columns, although these are a possibility, but smaller practical items like tool handles. And, not just wood workers' tools but many other tools such as kitchen tools and other household tools.

 

Screwdriver Handle TurningScrewdriver Handle Turning
By: Richard Wile
In this photo tutorial, Richard shows us how he designs, lays out and turns handles to fit the Lee Valley screwdriver shanks.

The end result of this project is a 3-piece set of screwdrivers. And Lee Valley makes these 3-piece shank sets available in slotted, Phillips and square tips.

Richard does a great job of explaining his thought process and how he figures out the size and shape for his handles. He then explains how to efficiently make all 3 pieces using a single piece of wood using a story board. Richard also provides a couple of alternatives for drilling the holes to hold the shaft. He then explains his turning process and his unique finishing process!

Richard also provides a diagram of the handles that he designed and his story board to get you started in making your own set.

 

4-in-1 Screwdriver4-in-1 Screwdriver
By: Wood Magazine
Making a screwdriver with a custom handle is a project so easy and useful that every turner should make one. You can use anything from highly figured stock to common shop scraps. To jazz it up, we laminated a turning blank from maple and cherry. And, with a double-ended bit (source included in the article) in each end of a reversible shaft, you’ll always have the right tip for the job at hand.

Featured in the November 2007 issue of WOOD.

 

Turn a wood-handled 4-in-1 ScrewdriverTurn a wood-handled 4-in-1 Screwdriver
By: Highland Hardware
In this project, you can read about all the steps that are needed to make a wood handle and insert the screwdriver components into it. Even though there are no pictures, it's pretty easy to understand what they mean and to be able to do it yourself.

 

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