Introduction: Exploding Screwdriver

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In this Instructable, I made an exploding screwdriver or a noise maker.

I really can't think a name for this thing.

Step 1:

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I used a small screwdriver with changeable bits.

After removing the clip, I cut a rubber band in half and tied it to a screw.

To make sure rubber band would not slip off the screw, it was secured with heat-shrink tubing.

I tied the other end of a rubber band to the screwdriver, and wrapped it with an electrical tape.

Step 2:

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Then I glued some feathers with a hot glue.

Now load the screwdriver with sulphur or 1-3 "heads of matches without the wood" and insert the screw.

Throw the screwdriver in the air, when it will land on a hard surface, there should be an explosion.

Feathers will make the screwdriver fall with the shaft down.

Rubber band is there to hold the screw and to prevent losing it on explosion.

Cheap way to make some noise only with matches and a screwdriver.

Make sure the screw you use is not sharp.

I think it's pretty safe "toy", but only you can be the judge, so do it at your own risk.


MadMadscientist (author)2016-06-19

very clever and pretty effective overall!

lovethebackwoods (author)2015-07-28

I sure like this screwdriver idea - so will my grandkids (hee-hee!). We used to do all sorts of things with those red cap-gun-caps. Our school desks were one piece. The seat folded up and down, resting on heavy-duty iron braces when in use. Trouble-makers used to set one or two caps on each iron ledge and wait for an unsuspecting kid to get in trouble when s/he dropped the seat down and the loud Bang! followed!

bllwdcrvr (author)2015-06-04

yes I can think of a name for this is called Dangerous!! First the noise and then if it blows up in someone's face they have to go to the hospital- or burns from their fingers..Do not try this at home!! I don't know about anyone else but I like all my fingers intact-thank you!! Yes I have experimented with gunpowder and -flaming liuid- fired cannons to make noise. I still have all my fingers-just a word of caution to anyone that is going to try this.

ShakeTheFuture (author)bllwdcrvr2015-06-04

I don't find it dangerous at all.

It's like one of those cap guns that you shoot to make some noise. Explosion might be bigger, but you don't hold it in the hand. You throw it in the air and step away.

Like "Mr_o_uk" said, he had something very similar as a kid.

Anyway, thanks for the comment.

It's up to individuals to decide if it's something they want to make or not.

londobali (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-06-04

I dont think it's dangerous either..
As kids, I and my friends in the village used to play with a similar home made toy, but an upscaled version. We used sparkplug, a bolt, and plastic rope as tail.. our's needed at least 10 sticks at least! sometimes we'd go to half a matchbox, we also needed the ignition paper (i'm not sure what you call these, the sides of the matchbox usually has it, just rip some off) to seal the sulphur and act as igniter on impact.
All we get is a loud bang.. If we played at night we'd see a tiny bit of spark, nothing that could burn anyone unless maybe if you play in the gas station.. :D
Thanks for sharing!

p.s. Here's an image to show our tipical version:
To explain abit: the sparkplug needs to be modified, remove the spark tip and the ceramic shaft, here's the detailed images of construction:

ShakeTheFuture (author)londobali2015-06-05

Now I understand. When "dmaz.culz" first mentioned spark plugs, I did not understand how would that work, but now I do. It does look very similar.

A part about playing in the gas station made me laugh :)


londobali (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-07-24

Your ible inspired me to make it again.. :)
Two matchstick's head make a good bang already, 5 was really loud..
And about sulphur, i'm pretty sure i smell it in the matches in this part of the world.

londobali (author)londobali2015-07-24

here's the pic..

ShakeTheFuture (author)londobali2015-07-26

That looks very cool. I am sure it's super loud :)

MakarV (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-06-08

could u tell me where to get one of them screwdrivers PLZ?

ShakeTheFuture (author)MakarV2015-06-08

Well, It depends where you live. In UK or Spain you can get them in a Pound Land. (in Spain it's called "Dealz"), In USA, you will find similar screwdrivers in Wallmart.

eBay is another place to get them. Search for "MICRO SCREWDRIVER". If it's for making this "toy", better get a screwdriver with longer bits, so the screw does not fall out. Screwdriver I used was not perfect. Another option than works great is a connecting bolt. You should be able to find similar screwdrivers in any hardware shop.

MakarV (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-06-08


nolan.kriegel (author)bllwdcrvr2015-06-05

I keep seeing these warnings for a number of years now- "Do not try this at home!" So I have decided I will honor that warning, how about your house, the park any where but home.

The next thing I see is this product is known to cause cancer in California, then again I decided I won't use that product in California.

Thank you for letting me be sarcastic.

But I am now seventy and most of us grew that up before all these laws and EPA and I venture to say that the survival rate for kids in the 40s 50s 60s is now any worse that for the kids in the 90s and the 2000s.

aebe (author)nolan.kriegel2015-06-07

And probably had a lot more fun , I know I did .

nolan.kriegel (author)aebe2015-06-08

WE took our cap pistols to school, we pointed our finger and said bang-bang you're dead. No one ever died from a loaded finger or cap pistol. We had a pocket knife in our pocket. Yep, I know we had more fun.

To if you take a couple bites out of a sandwich and the left over shape is similar to a gun you get suspended. I suppose I am in the wrong forum for this, sorry, just had to say.

aebe (author)nolan.kriegel2015-06-09

You never had any intent to harm anyone , just having fun . Progressives do not like that .

I carried a gun to school most of my high school years , along with a vest full of cartridges with my hunting license pinned to it . In spite of all the fights I got into I never even thought of getting out to my car and arming me . Never saw a gun at a fight , and most were without any kind of weapon .

Kids in schools today should be taught firearms safety , and basic marksmanship . Competitions between schools would be great , and I believe that using guns in crime would be reduced , if kids were taught to use guns responsibly .

peerdebakker (author)aebe2015-06-12

Where are you from ???

Lazy Glen (author)nolan.kriegel2015-06-10

Wow, I'm glad to see that this thread has more comments on the "be responsible" side than the "panic and remove all risk" side! I think the thing that bugs me most is that it wasn't all that long ago that if you showed up at school without a PEN knife, you couldn't write your lessons. Now, if you take a pair of nail clippers to school you risk suspension.

This looks like a fun little project, I've never seen a screwdriver like that, but I tend not to look at tools in Walmart, I might have to hold my nose and take a quick look.

Do they still sell caps or are they now deemed too DANGEROUS? I'm thinking the plastic ones that used to go in revolver cap guns, not the paper rolls. One of these on the end of the screw would be simpler to load.

peerdebakker (author)bllwdcrvr2015-06-12

I think you're over reacting

weathbu (author)bllwdcrvr2015-06-11

Lighten up Francis!

nolan.kriegel (author)bllwdcrvr2015-06-10

To many people worry about dangerous in everything they can. But it is dangerous to get up in the morning. You drive a car. Go to Mac and get hurt with hot coffee, some one comes in shooting. You slip on a banana going out the door. All that before 10:00AM.

You can stay in the safety of your man cave if you want. But give me the adventure!

Don't separate hydrogen and oxygen indoors either, you may pass out and bop your head. The hydrogen will make an engine run. I guess that is for some other DIY or just search ytube

throwedoff (author)bllwdcrvr2015-06-09

When I was a kid, we would steal shotgun shells from our dads. We would cut the top end off then dump out the shot. After that, we would tape a marble or ball bearing over the primer. Throw 'um as high and as far as we could out in the street. They would come down on the marble/ball bearing igniting the primer and detonating the powder charge. Much better than and louder than a Black Cat. We would also take tennis ball cans and cut out the bottoms of several leaving one with the bottom perforated with a "church key" can opener. We would tape these together with the an uncut unperforated can followed by the perforated can followed by two or three tennis ball cans with bottoms cut out. We'd take Ronson lighter fluid and squirt it into the bottom can through a nail hole in the side near the bottom. Insert a tennis ball in the open end light a match. Insert lit match into nail hole. Instant flaming tennis ball gun!!! We'd go to jail know if we did those things!

aebe (author)2015-06-07

Dime stores used to have a widget like yours , but using caps as the noisemaker .

fredellarby (author)aebe2015-06-12

I remember these. Mine had a "kinda yellow" nose and a "kinda red" body with plastic fins. They broke easily. Few vintage ones to be found as a result.

ArtB1 (author)2015-06-07

There is a quote from Che Guevara about this I paraphrase " fully 1/2 of the fighters making improvised bombs died making them"

AE6ZA (author)2015-06-06

Incidentally... Personal pet peeve of mine: There IS NO SULPHUR IN MATCHES!!! What you're dealing with in paper and "safety" matches is Potassium Chlorate, along with glue, sand, and other friction enhancers. It's a real, live classified explosive. Of course, then we get into "strike anywhere" matches, which throw in a second explosive, Lead Azide or Lead Styphnate, IIRC. If you get carried away packing your noisemakers with this stuff, you could very definitely do some permanent damage, either to property or personal construction. ;)

ShakeTheFuture (author)AE6ZA2015-06-07

Thanks for clearing that. I did not know how much sulphur is in a match. I always thought it's the main ingredient, but I guess it was in old matches not modern.

I watched How it's made, matches -

According to this video, there is sulphur in today's matches, but not a lot.

StandingOnStones (author)2015-06-05

It makes noise. It's a sonic screwdriver.

wquoyle (author)2015-06-05

Looking back,the weirdest toy I had as a kid (1970s) was one of these cap mechanisms but fitted into the neck of a toy plastic bottle. So it was a toy Molotov Cocktail... What was the thinking behind that?! Really wished I could see the packaging now... :)

ShakeTheFuture (author)wquoyle2015-06-05

It probably got banned, just like lawn darts :)

bwangleon (author)2015-06-04

Were any Wiha's harmed in the filming of this? ;)

That's kind of a nice screwdriver.

ShakeTheFuture (author)bwangleon2015-06-05

Yes, I did ruin one of my favourite screwdrivers. Luckuly they are super cheap, so I'll get another one :)

grahamfb (author)2015-06-04

Great fun. As kids we used to make bolt bombs using a similar principle. Two bolts, one nut (actually 2, counting the maker) some match heads and some wire. Screw the bolts carefully into the nut with 3 match heads in the middle. Tie the wire to the middle of the apparatus and flail on the ground until it explodes. If it doesn't blow back and hit you in the head it was great fun.

ShakeTheFuture (author)grahamfb2015-06-05

That sounds a bit more dangerous :)

Jimw1 (author)grahamfb2015-06-04

My older brother knows FIRST hand that it is NOT safe to tighten 2 bolts into a nut full of match heads - the threads of the bolt WILL strip off the bolt and mangle your fingers. Just a warning - do at your own risk !!!!

dmaz.culz (author)2015-06-02

in my village we use spark plug

ShakeTheFuture (author)dmaz.culz2015-06-05

Now I get it. I did not understand how would that work, but because of the users "londobali" link, I get it. Thanks

nolan.kriegel (author)2015-06-04

I would rather have the screwdriver.

Me too. It was a trip back to my childhood. Then I did not need a screwdriver.

I8mAll (author)2015-06-04

We would make something similar with two bolts entering either side of a nut. The match heads went in the space between the bolts and the bolts twisted to push against each other then throw. Boom Boom. And we still have all our fingers.

reborne (author)I8mAll2015-06-04

That brings back memories... except we used to use some of the rolls of red paper caps torn off and folded several times. Damn loud!!

ShakeTheFuture (author)I8mAll2015-06-04

That's an interesting way to do it.

It's one of those things, I would not mind my kids to play with. Safer than a firecracker

Mr_o_uk (author)2015-06-03

This is the sort of thing I mean...

jvandeyacht (author)Mr_o_uk2015-06-04

I had one (or more...) of those back in the 80s

Bowtie41 (author)jvandeyacht2015-06-04

I had several of the the diecast ones on the late 60's.THEN realized they were more effective "weapons" when you hurled them at other kids heads,lol,UNTIL I was forced to pick a switch for a swat on the hiney,lmao!

Mr_o_uk (author)2015-06-03

This reminded me of a toy I used to have as a kid. We used to call them "cap bombs" (in line with the name "cap gun" I guess). You could either put a red plastic type cap on the end or the paper type cap in the middle between the plunger and a plate.

ShakeTheFuture (author)Mr_o_uk2015-06-04

Interesting. Maybe that's where the idea originally came from. When I was a kid, my neighbours used to make a similar thing, but instead of a screwdriver they used a key.

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