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Make your own philips screwdriver?

If I want a flat screwdriver in an odd size, I can take a piece of metal, heat it, pound it flat on one end and file or grind to shape; something within reach of even the clumsiest blacksmith. Is there some trick I'm missing that allows similarly simple home construction of a philps-style screwdriver? Or are they part of a plot to allow only factories to make screwdrivers :-)

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mf709 years ago
[quote]Or are they part of a plot to allow only factories to make screwdrivers :-)[/quote] Well, yes. Phillips screwdrivers were developed to make it easier for factories to turn out zillions of widgets. Since they were designed in the ~20's, they were designed by engineers that had access to modern manufacturing methods. That said, if you want to make a Phillips screwdriver, the "trick" is to use a small "V" shaped grinding wheel so that the notch comes out parallel at the edge. Jtobako's idea Is a good one when you need a particular style RIGHT NOW. There are differing opinions on whether the tip should be sharp. If your opinion differers from the maker of the Phillips screw, you won't be doing much driving. You may have to grind the very tip of the screwdriver back a little bit. (Actually, the differing ideas about points are particular named screwdriver styles.) Mark
vatosupreme9 years ago
What size exactly are you trying to make?
westfw (author)  vatosupreme9 years ago
"small to very small." Maybe I should just bite the bullet and buy better screwdrivers, but the watchmaker sized philips/etc I use for taking apart random electronic gear tend to end up getting their flutes worn off all too quickly. I'd like to be able to repair them and/or make my own from better steel...
perhaps a bit of steel rod, carefully shaven to size using the cutting wheel and engraving burrs of a dremel?
jtobako westfw9 years ago
amazingly enough, screwdrivers are made to be softer than the screws. that way, you don't destroy the (presumably) valuable equipment with a stripped screw. many cheep tools just need better hardening. try heating the tip to just past red hot and quench quickly (small items loose heat quickly enough that it may take several trys).
sam9 years ago
grrrr... I hate the screws on nintendo 64's.. My friend's was broken, and I knew i could probably fix it.. but those stupid screws made it so much more complicated than it had to be!
castcase1 sam9 years ago
So do I and what's more that may cost much

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canida9 years ago
Phillips screwdriver? That's easy... ... ... Vodka + Milk of Magnesia. *ducks and runs*
westfw (author)  canida9 years ago
Drink some of them and you'll "run" all right!
lemonie9 years ago
I would buy / find the cheapest screwdriver abailable, as they tend to be fairly soft. Then hacksaw the existing tip off, and cut a new tip with a metal file. I'd then be looking at heat-treatment.
W/ref jtobako - the only McDonalds toy I dismantled had it's screws removed with a soldering-iron. It was then destroyed with match-heads.
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