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    Default A screwdriver for all occasions

    I made a new multi-screwdriver today. Some of you may be interested in the design.

    I made one of these before but gave it away. It really was a great driver, so I had planned to make another. Here it is.

    The heart of the screwdriver is a snap-on type connector (this one had a black anodised finish - which I wire brushed off). I really am not mad about the magnetic tips as these can fail and the ends drop out. The wood is Jarrah.



    I added a birdcage awl to the set. This is particularly useful when starting a screw hole.



    There are a large number of ends available. Here are a few ..



    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    looks like a nice tool but how does it feel in the hand? Thats what makes or breaks a good screwdriver.
    Where did u buy the screwdriver mechanism?

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    Extremely comfortable. I should have put in something for scale. It fits snug in the palm.

    Fitting available at Bunnings.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    I like it Derek, looks much nicer than the plastic handled ones. What sort of lathe did you use to turn the handle?

    I have played with a bit of turning myself basically for tool handles but eventually became a little frustrated with my GMC lathe. I am aware that you bought one as well a little while ago, are you still using it or have you upgraded?

    PS you may have already posted this but it would be good to see a step to step post of the process you go through to make one of these handles. They really look the part.

    regards

    Marios
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    Hi Marios

    These tools should be child's play for anyone with a half-decent lathe. The GMC does not fit into this category. I have a Jet mini.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattrap View Post
    looks like a nice tool but how does it feel in the hand? Thats what makes or breaks a good screwdriver.
    I agree feel is really important especially when you're stuck in that awkward position with 2 screws in your mouth and can't see the hole too well.

    Derek, it looks great. I can tell from here it looks real comfy - I see you made good use of a plumbing olive again - is it a 20 or 25 mm size ?

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    Now that looks good and I'm sure feels good.
    I bought an adapter to go in my Yankee screwdrivers so that I can use other bits in it.
    Your method is far more elegant and space saving.
    Jim

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    Looks great
    damn another item to add to the list of "must Do"

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    Straight in at Number One on my list of good reasons to buy a lathe! That is the sort of tool I would carry everywhere.

    Now if you can just sort out some sort of container in the handle to keep the bits in, you'd be in business - probably literally!
    Cheers, Richard

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    Great work Derek .

    I was thinking of something similar myself, but as usual, still just an idea . I was going to hollow the handle and thread an endcap, so I could store all the bits, similar to other plastic versions around.
    Neil
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