Custom Pocket Screwdriver





Introduction: Custom Pocket Screwdriver

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

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.

Step 2: Rawshaping

Mount a bandsander upside down & rawshape the wooden tube.

Feel free to design it, as long as the result feels good in your hands.
Right, I chose the oldfashioned way - olivewood talks for it's own.

Step 3: Glueglue

Put some heavy duty glue in the center hole and insert the XL drill bit holder.

Why not a 'standard'sized bit holder?
Because the 'tail' goes simply not deep enough into the handle - your screwdriver will fall apart with the first hard-headed rusty screw...

Step 4: Fineshaping

Protect the bit holder with some tape and fix it in the pillar drill.

Highspeed, some sanding paper, a few minutes avoiding to put the handle on fire (friction fire!) and ready is that handle.

Use wood paste to hide the center hole in the handle, let it hard out and sand again.

Step 5: Finishing

Finish the wood with tung oil: smells great, and the result is just beautiful.

Put a small ball of 'drain sealant' in the bit holder. This stuff won't get hard and will get the screw bit solid enough in place - but not solid enough to get the bit prisoned forever. Just a slight smash upside own in the palm of your hand and free is that srew bit.
A small power magnet would do the job also.

Insert the bits and go out screwing some stuff.

Thanx for whatching!



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    pretty good considering the tools you had at your disposal. It hurt to see that beautiful olive getting wood filler. :( was a good grain.

    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'... ;)

    Tongue oil. Finally see an instructable using it. Great stuff. Especially when you use steel wool between coats.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    Well thank you! And good luck with your new one!