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post #1 of 5 Old 06-06-2020, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Handy little screwdriver I made

I made this little screwdriver and bit holder for my father-in-law. The wood is hard maple, hence the maple leaf on the box. The box lid is held on with four neodymium magnets, which are recessed into the box and glued in.

I just made another one for my dad tonight. It's his 80th this year and it's going to make part of a bigger gift.

Just thought you guys may like to see something I've made.

Take care and stay safe,

Grant.
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Very nice, Grant! Where'd you get the working end of the handle? Show us a photo of that, please.

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David,

The bit holder is a standard 1/4" hex magnetic bit holder you'd use with a cordless drill/driver, I get them from B&Q in the UK but any big box DIY store will carry them. The brass ring is just a small piece of brass tube that I cut with a plumber's pip cutter.

I start by drilling a roughly 1" deep 10mm hole using a forstner bit into the end of the blank, then I drill a 7mm hole into the bottom of that one to accommodate the 1/4" hex shaft of the magnetic bit holder.

I then chuck the blank onto a live ring centre and a cone centre tailstock (cone into the 10mm hole).

Next is to make the blank round and turn the tenon to take the brass ring. I use a parting tool and callipers to bring it down to size. Then I remove the blank and fit the brass ring.

The blank is then re-mounted on the lathe, and I turn the handle.

This photo is the one I made for my dad last night, they're never exactly the same.

Take care and stay safe,

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-07-2020, 07:50 AM
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Very nice, Note Phillips and Pozidrive bits but no Torx. I am converting to Torx as such a good fit and no slippage at all.
I used to like slots as could always cut a slot in a worn screw if necessary. However spoiling a few pieces with deep scratches, abandoned for Pozidrive.
Now have to use a power driver and Torx very good even though expensive.
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John,

I use Torx a lot, and sometimes Robertson, but the chances of either my father in law or dad even knowing what they are is slim. In fact, I doubt my dad would know the difference between a Philips and a Pozidriv.

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