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Never leave home without a knife, a beerbottle opener (could be a knife as well), a firestarter (well, you could use a knife also), a few feet of paracord and a screwdriver (I don't recommend to use a knife instead of that...).

Screwdrivers are great tools, and one day, out of the blue, I decided to customize one as a gift.

Al you need:
- some scrap wood
- an XL screw bit holder
- a lathe (or, in my case, no lathe)
- some glue & wood paste

Step 1: Holesawing

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If you're the lucky owner of a lathe, go to step 3.

If you're like me: try to survive.

Pre-drill a piece of scrap wood in the center - I used olive, again.
Drill another hole beside the center hole, this will be your future bit holder.
Holesaw it from both sides - mounted on a pillar drill it works just fine.
Remove the wood from the zone the holesaw didn't reach.
Dacp2837 months ago
pretty good considering the tools you had at your disposal. It hurt to see that beautiful olive getting wood filler. :( was a good grain.
bricobart (author)  Dacp2837 months ago

Thanx, and you're totally right about that filler - next time I'd use a small piece of olive and glue this where it should be. Let's call this 'experience'... ;)

muddog151 year ago
Tongue oil. Finally see an instructable using it. Great stuff. Especially when you use steel wool between coats.
woodNfish1 year ago
Bricobart, you do have a lathe - just chuck your workpiece into your drill press and spin away! So it's vertical rather than horizontal. build a nice hand rest and use cloth sanding strips instead of rigid cutting tools. You cold build a vertical tool rest and clamp it to your drill press table if you want to use lathe tools. Just use a bit of safety sense and have fun.
klee27x1 year ago
My pet peeve with my last couple of screwdrivers is runout. I know that hardly matters, but it still bugs me. Finishing the thing on the "redneck lathe" should make your screwdriver pretty straight. Beautiful project, but it hits on another pet peeve of mine. I don't like screwdrivers that take the short bits. The extra reach is all to often negated when the bit holder can't fit in recessed screwholes... :(

Considering the philosophy you shared, I thought you might be interested in this gadget. It uses the aforementioned short bits, but at last you can carry 4 of them. With your knife!
This looks excellent but I have a HUGE problem WHERE CAN A BODY GET THE THREE WINGED PHILIPS and other uncommon DRIVERS in South Africa?I had to drill out screws in virtually new equipment.(The driver that you show here has FOUR wings)
I've had this problem. Take an allen wrench of the appropriate size. Grind away 3 of the corners with a dremel tool, using a cutoff disc. Shape as necessary.
bricobart (author)  KROKKENOSTER1 year ago
Oops, I even didn't know the existance of three-winged screws!
This is gorgeous, I love it. The handle of my old magnetic screwdriver is falling to bits so I will use your method to make a replacement! Thanks!
bricobart (author)  throbscottle1 year ago
Well thank you! And good luck with your new one!
the norm1 year ago
I can't see how you have your sander clamped to the bench.
I put my sanded into my workmate. The screw clamps hold the front handle and the sander has a tilt forward. I am not sure what the sawdust dropping into the works does to it, but it has lasted several years now.
bricobart (author)  the norm1 year ago
Well I first clamped it to the horizontal power drill clamp you see on one of the pictures, which I clamped to the bench. Yes, I do like clamps a lot!
Cool gift!
bricobart (author)  thirst4know1 year ago
I love this! And it's Great that you've shown how to Turn wood without the use of a lathe too....I wouldn't have thought of using a drill like that (sheepish look). I *SO* have to make one of these for my wife! Thank you Very much bricobart! I tip my hat to you!
bricobart (author)  your_dragon1131 year ago
My pleasure! Actually this one's for my wife too because I borrowed her mine - standard market stuff - and I really want it back!
heathbar641 year ago
Very nice.
No one would take your screwdriver by mistake, they would take it on purpose cuz it's so cool.
bricobart (author)  heathbar641 year ago
Thanx mate!
Jeanette561 year ago
Nice post! Who wouldn't want a beautiful wooden screwdriver of their own?
bricobart (author)  Jeanette561 year ago
Thanx! You know, my grandfathers only had wooden screwdrivers. Sometimes it's good to look back...
Nice, and useful. I suppose one could make the handle any way they wanted it to be. I like a rounded triangular shape, that tapers down at the hand end. (a shape often used by Stanley for their better grade of screwdrivers) this fits the hand nicely, and gives you more leverage for those stubborn screws. Good job, man. Interesting way to make it round without an actual lathe. I used to have a drill powered mini lathe that would make this quick and easy.
bricobart (author)  tootall11211 year ago
Thanx tootall, such mini lathes are great. I put in on my list because it can save a lot of time...
dozer7891 year ago
Cool!! Most screwdrivers are too big, so this is just great!! Nice job!!
bricobart (author)  dozer7891 year ago
As you say, this one fits right in your palm!
Yep! I have a thing that is pretty cool that is from black and decker, and is very small, and can hold 6 bits. I don't remember what it is called though...
Very clever, very creative. Very good job of wood turning without a lathe. I believe I'll give this one a try! Thanks for sharing your idea. Paul
bricobart (author)  grangerknives1 year ago
Thanx mate, don't forget to post a pikkie of yours!
zeemam1 year ago
Nice job
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