Anyone who works with their hands knows that you can never have too many tools. In that pursuit you inevitably wind up with multiples of certain accessories. Two socket sets, three multi-meters, and more crescent wrenches than one person could really use. Most multi-attachment screwdrivers will even give you an assortment of bits; straight blade, Phillips, hex, etc with doubles of the same size. Over the years I've had three screwdrivers (ChannelLock, Kobalt, and Craftsman) that each came with its own collection of bits. I finally had to start a collection cup to hold them all. So what do you do with these extras? Replace lost or broken tips? Throw in the spares drawer? How about making another set of tools to round out your collection?
Stubby or low-profile screwdrivers help for the really tight spaces. Low clearance, cramped quarters, you name it. But why buy them? You can easily make a set that'll allow you get to all the tight spaces with just the right driver bit. And in the process you'll have a nice set of durable screwdrivers to round out your ever-growing collection. Drop them, step on them, lose them, find them in again 20 years. If you choose the right materials, these drivers will out-last you.
This is actually a quick and easy project. I was feeling spontaneous when I made mine and it only took about 20 minutes to make 4. That's including interruptions. You could easily make a set of 8-12 in an hour.
Step 1: "Material Maters"
As this is a set you'll wind up using for years to come, go wild with the design. I used materials I had on hand. Simple dowel rod provided a cheap and easy-to-finish handle. I think it gives the screwdrivers a nice rustic or antique look. But you can use whatever you have on hand. Wood, metal, plastic, dice (I'd like to see that), bottle caps, nuts, stones 3-D printed anything; just use whatever suites your fancy. These instructions will show you how to make the wood handles that I made.
- Screwdriver bits (various sizes and types)
- 1” dowel rod
-Paint or wood stain
- Sandpaper (various grits)
- 1/4” drill bit and drill
- Small socket
- Drill press
- Belt sander
Remember to use your eye protection. It's going to take a long time for science to replace the Mk.1 eyeball. Be safe and have fun.