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Food-drivers (How to make upcycled place settings made with screwdrivers handles) by Samuel Bernier

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There is weird a phenomenon happening in my kitchen drawer. Somehow, every single item from my flatware is different from the next. I have to say that I don't remember ever buying a table set. Forks, spoons and knives were given to me by family members or friends after moving out of my parents’ place years ago. Many of these utensils probably come from the high school cafeteria where I used to borrow them to eat my lunch and would forget to bring back. I would like, for once, to own one of these nice table sets that you use when mom and dad come for diner.

I also own an incredible amount of screw drivers. I have to say that I love buying tools. The problem is that I also bought two multi-bit screwdrivers, two electric drills and a Dremel... I don't need my old tools anymore. Also, since they were bad quality, the Philips head all got stripped and I only use the flat ones to open paint cans.

Here's how to merge two problems into one cool solution.
 
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Step 1: You will need

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Acrylic handle screwdrivers
- An old table set
- A metal saw
- A heat gun
- A clamp

Step 2: Heat

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The first step is to heat the metal part of the screwdriver. Make sure the air doesn't get on the plastic handle because it will melt like ice. It should take about 30 seconds on full power.

Step 3: Pull

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Squeeze the metal part in a clamp and pull on the handle using gloves. My little sister could do it.
This is actually the same process as the manufactured one... but a bit more manual.

Step 4: Repeat

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Repeat step 1 and 2 for all unwanted tools.

Step 5: Mark

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Use a Sharpie marker to indicate where you'll have to cut the flatware.

Step 6: Cut

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You can use a steel cutters, a metal saw, a buffer, a band saw... or whatever you have that can cut steel.

Step 7: Grind

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Sand down the excess steel. The flatware handle should be about 2 mm larger than the hole in the acrylic handle.

Step 8: Heat

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Use a heat gun or put the flatware in the oven at 300 degrees (no microwave...duh).  It should take about 1 minute with the heat gun. Use glove because it's HOT.  Be careful not to leave it for too long because the flatware might turn brown and get stained by impurities.

Step 9: Insert

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While still hot, insert the flatware in the proper handle. Don't breathe the fumes of the acrylic melting or you'll have a big headache. Let everything cool and harden for 30 minutes.

Step 10: Fill the holes

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I used SUGRU to fill the holes left in the handle. Sugru is a kind of silicone paste that hardens in a few hours to leave you the time to do a clean job. It also comes in different colors. If you are experimented with epoxy, this would also do a great finish.

Step 11: Enjoy

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Congratulations, you've just made your own handyman place setting. Remember that acrylic won't survive to the dishwasher. It's better to wash these utensils manually.
projectsugru13 hours ago

How have we only just found this project!?? This is such an awesome idea!! Just brilliant

this is a fantasmagorious idea.
if only i had a heat gun i'd be doing this right now
super fun and whimsical. gonna share with the readers on my blog - we love repurposed and recycled.
Michael @ Blue Velvet Chair
what did you do with the old screwdriver heads? I think they could be used for some stuff similar to some of the work of Mrballeng if you want to look him up. Would hammering on the old heads make them flatten or shatter?
Screwdrivers are made of hardened steel; I doubt if you could flatten them much without first annealing the steel. Instead, I would recommend grinding the edge to make it into a small chisel, punch, icepick or such.
I made a great bo shuriken out of an old screwdriver. It's super hard; several times I have thrown it point-first into a concrete wall without damage to the tip.
PS: Love your idea.
EdRothe2 years ago
Great project!! I'm making a full set of these as a birthday gift to someone with a whimsical sense of humor. He will love 'em.
wobbler2 years ago
Wow, the working (wo)man's iFork! Nice!
Maxaxle2 years ago
Note to self: make these when you get your own place.
This is brilliant, I would be proud to give a set of these a home in my cutlery drawer and I would giggle every time I reach for a spoon. Love it.
fredellarby2 years ago
NOW THAT'S A HEAT GUN.
Handy if the furnace gives out.
Treknology2 years ago
Depending on the brand of handle you are re-using, it could add a whole new meaning to "Stanley" knife.
mayej2 years ago
What are the specs on your heat gun?
I do not have one and if in the future I purchase one, I'd like to be able to accomplish stuff like this if the mood strikes me.
I just don't wanna buy a Mini Cooper when I should have got a Toyota FJ Cruiser, ya know?
Samuel Bernier (author)  mayej2 years ago
Any Heat gun that goes up tu 450 celsius. Even a cheap one does it.
Ok, thank you very much.
agis682 years ago
personally i would never eat from my ex screw driver. But if you promise me that all these (spoons and forks) are pretty clear and new then i will try them on my carbonara spaggeti
powpowpow2 years ago
The perfect spagetti twirling eating tool. Inspired. Nice clean instructable! Keep them coming!
OMG this is brilliant! I'm totally going to do this!
I'm envisaging a gift of a small toolbox filled with cutlery!
derte842 years ago
This is art!
verblatu2 years ago
You can buy only the the handles in the shop. Is half of the work!
raviolikid2 years ago
This is fantastic! My father has a hard time gripping things now that he is getting older. HIs 84th birthday is coming up, and I think this would be a perfect gift!
I hope it warms up a little between then and now, and that I can find his heat gun without telling him why I want to use it.
Aron3132 years ago
HAHAHAHA thats a good prank to play on someone. ill get you a fork. then pull one out of the tool box!!
Will definitely do that prank.
If you do it right the handle could keep the messy end off the table cloth! Well done.
MCUman2 years ago
This is just hysterical, also GREAT ! ! ! Well Done ! ! !
pinklizzy2 years ago
This is an absolutely brilliant idea. fanstastic. I want to make myself a whole set!
AtomSoft2 years ago
Fathers day is coming lol My pops is a electrician/handy man... Im going to make this for him. He is going to love it!
sacto1002 years ago
So simple and so cool. Great gift idea for my gearhead friends. Thanks.
tjk19392 years ago
Gotta love it, although a service for eight would take up a lot of drawer space. Good way to re-purpose screwdriver handles
Wicked man!!
Creativeman2 years ago
Great idea!
l8nite2 years ago
really great look ! This would also help people with grasping difficulties. Thank you for sharing !
Beautiful! Love it!
Kiteman2 years ago
Awesome!