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    Screwdriver

    I've been wanting to make a screwdriver for a while, I got some really LONG bits from Lee Valley that will be perfect for this.

    I wanted to make it with the flutes on the handle to increase grip, so I made up a jig for the router.......
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    Worked well, I put six flutes on the handle.

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    Here is the screwdriver I made....... and a handle for my daughter's hairbrush, she broke the plastic handle.

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    A close up of the screwdriver....... I don't like it.... I don't know why I try to reinvent the wheel sometimes, but this one is not to my liking.

    Honestly, this is more what I wanted.......
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    ..... classic shape can't go wrong, so this is what I made today.......

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    ..... I like this one a LOT more. One thing I noticed on the first one is that the ferrel is too large for the size of the driver shaft, I found a piece of chromed water pipe from something and I had to use a file to remove the chrome, but I think it looks good now!

    The driver will be a Christmas present for my Dad, but I'm thinking about a finish, the wood is Rosewood, some special stuff I got from a friend who got it from a buddy who got it from a Bespoke gun maker in Germany....

    Now it only has some lacquer sanding sealer, I like the way it feels, but I fear it will no hold up to use, so I'm thinking about some clear lacquer, but, that might become too slippery...... but then again, I wonder how much it will really get used?

    Thoughts?

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    The first one looks real nice but I expect that it's shape would be kind of tough on the hand and wrist after a few minutes of use. The second one is a real classic and looks great as well.
    Nice work Stu.
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    Looking good Stu. I would agree with Bob in the design. The second one looks easier to hold and use.
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    Stu those are really nice. The second one would fit my old hands pretty well.
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    The classic finish for workin' tools was always a hardening oil, never applied till it built up any film, just enough to toughen & seal the wood. Film finishes tend to flake with use & get uncomfortable, besides being slick in the paw.

    If ya figure it'll be more of a showdriver, though... a lacquer will be a nice show finish for it... even if it sees a little use, the laquer will stand up to more of it than about any other finish I know of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Hofstetter View Post
    The classic finish for workin' tools was always a hardening oil, never applied till it built up any film, just enough to toughen & seal the wood. Film finishes tend to flake with use & get uncomfortable, besides being slick in the paw.

    If ya figure it'll be more of a showdriver, though... a lacquer will be a nice show finish for it... even if it sees a little use, the laquer will stand up to more of it than about any other finish I know of.
    Tim any particular brand of hardening oil you would recomend?
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    Pretty ordinary BLO does a fine job. Back before BLO was a reality, them's as liked to really take care of their tools would use raw linseed & wait (and wait and wait) for it to harden. BLO shortened that down to a few days.

    If ya want a little more boost to it, Watco does a nice job 'long as you don't overdo it & end up with a film.

    Unfinished was historically a problem 'cause the porcupines'd gnaw on the handles to get the sweaty-hands salt. That problem still exists where folks leave tools outdoors & porcupines cruise the 'hood.
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    What wood did you use on the first one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Hofstetter View Post
    The classic finish for workin' tools was always a hardening oil, never applied till it built up any film, just enough to toughen & seal the wood. Film finishes tend to flake with use & get uncomfortable, besides being slick in the paw.

    If ya figure it'll be more of a showdriver, though... a lacquer will be a nice show finish for it... even if it sees a little use, the laquer will stand up to more of it than about any other finish I know of.
    Thanks Tim, I may very well just go with a couple of coats of rattle can lacquer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    What wood did you use on the first one?
    The first one is a bit of wood from my logging in Tokyo adventure, it is called Japanese Evergreen Oak, the tree was sick, hence the neat coloring, but the wood is a bit too soft I think.

    Cheers!
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    Nice.
    But, that's the least of it.
    You jig ingenious guys get a tip 'o the hat from me.
    Not only can I not think up stuff like that, half the time I don't understand when pictures are posted.
    Very clever.
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