Introduction: Pocket Screwdriver

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I'm not big on having things attached to my key chain, but I do like having a screwdriver readily accessible. One never knows when a screwdriver will be needed. And yes, I know a pocket screwdriver can be found anywhere; however, I wanted one that I could choose and change the tips at will. This pocket screwdriver has a magnetic bit holder, and can store 1 large or 2 small tips in the handle.

Step 1: Parts

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This was made mostly out of lamp parts.

1 - magnetic screwdriver bit holder
1 - 1/4-28 screw
1 - lamp wire nipple
4 - couplings for lamp nipples
1 - decorative coupling for lamp nipple
1 - reducing bushing for decorative coupling
1 - reducing bushing (lamp nipple thread to 1/4-28 bolt thread)
1- cap for lamp nipple
1 - locktite
1 - tube of PC-11 epoxy

Drill press
3/8" tap and die
1/4-28 tap

Step 2: So It Begins

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Thread the reducing bushing onto to large end of the decorative coupling Then thread the lamp nipple through the coupling leaving enough of the nipple protruding out of the one end to attach the cap. Use some locktite to keep the coupling and the bushing in place. Using a drill press drill a hole through the center of the decorative bushing . After the hole is drilled tap it with a 3/8-24 fine thread tap.

Step 3: Step 2

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Run some locktite along the entire length of the lamp nipple.
Put the cap on the small end, and then thread the 4 coupling onto the long end of the lamp nipple. (Note that the last coupling extends past the length of the nipple.)

Step 4: Adding the Cover for the Bit Storage

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Put some locktite one the 1/4-28" bolt and tread it into the small bushing. I had to tap the thread in the small bushing to 1/4-28. It was some unknown thread, but it was close enough to 1/4-28 that I didn't need to drill it. DO NOT put locktite on the small bushing. Thread the small bushing into the coupling that is sticking out past the lamp nipple. Now you have a cap for the bit in the storage area.

Step 5: The Magnetice Bit Holder

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Cut the magnetic bit holder with a hacksaw. Then thread it with a 3/8-24 die.
put a hex bit in the end, and thread it into the the assembled handle. I used PC-11 epoxy on this part to hold it into place. After this is set in place and the epoxy has cured, file the top of the magnetice bit holder to match the contour of the decorative coupling.

Step 6: The Finished Product

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I love this little screw driver. It fits perfectly in the little pocket above the normal pocket in my jeans.
As you can see the handle can store either 1 large hex bit or 2 small ones. I like variety so I only use the small bits. I keep 2 in the handle and 1 in the magnetic bit holder.

If you like, please vote for the pocket sized contest.

Thank you!


Gobbleguy (author)2011-01-24

Hehe...... Lamp wire nipple.

ThatKnottyguy (author)Gobbleguy2012-05-17

Please stay mature on here. ;)

dontno (author)2009-12-08

Nice Ible. Just one question. What happens when you need a flat headed screwdriver bit? All I see in the pictures are Phillips head bits.

punkhead58 (author)dontno2010-05-09

It's a Philips world, my friend. I personally prefer flathead to Phillips, because, although they slip, slotted screws are harder to strip.

sharlston (author)2009-11-01

hey you knoiw the little bit driver well cut the grey bit off the end with a hacksaw about 1 cm from the silver bit then glue it into a 6.5mm socket then attach it to a ratchet and you have your own coupler

HappyToBeAlive (author)2009-07-24

You know what... Yeah, you COULD get one from a Hardware store.... BUT I bet hard cash it wont be as satisfying or as aesthetically pleasing to use as that one! that is one FINE lookin, pocket driver kit! Im gonna give ya a very rare (for me) 10/10 for that one! Bloody Gorgeous!

Nox (author)2009-07-23

Gotta give props, the whole point if instructables is to make something from scratch or break something to make it your own. This is an perfect example of that. If the answer to this ingenuity is "you could just buy the same thing at a hardware store", you're missing the point if this site in the first place. Excellent work!!

Heywasup (author)2009-07-17

there is really no point in this. you could probably get a more efficient and smaller one from a hardware store. but good instructable

RadBear (author)Heywasup2009-07-23

No point but he had the satisfaction of doing it himself and may have learned something that will help him on the next project.

ProfessorJWN (author)Heywasup2009-07-23

You know, Give the guy a break, this is a cool "steam punk" looking screwdriver. if you want to support the CHICOMs, go ahead and buy their products. This would be a cool thing to make when the cheap screwdriver from China breaks and you have a handful of pieces left. Instructables is about innovation and imagination (something sorely lacking from our country right now). Please keep this in mind before dissing somebodies work. BTW - There really isn't any purpose to "modding" an Altoid box either. I don't understand the point of all these things made from Altoids boxes, but you know what, if you want to do it, that is cool, Just please respect other people's work. Jim

ClayChip (author)ProfessorJWN2009-07-23

Thank you

lemminggenocide (author)Heywasup2009-07-18

there may not really be any point in making this for utilitarian purposes, but it sure looks way cooler than any commercially manufactured miniature screwdriver set, and unlike most of them, you can store the bits inside the handle.

guy90 (author)2009-07-17

Agreed. Altho, when I see the pic- I can't help but see the contraption as a smoking pipe too! : )

ClayChip (author)guy902009-07-23

My wife says the same thing!

dreich (author)guy902009-07-17

Ah, you beat me to it. :P

rockandjay (author)2009-07-17

I think It's just an okay idea, because what about areas where there is little space, so maybe it would be a better idea to do the same thing, but with the tip of the screw driver on top instead of the side, or add two magnetic holders, one on the side, and one on the top... you know for areas where you have little room to play with.

ClayChip (author)rockandjay2009-07-23

Stores make both straight and angled screwdrivers for different reasons. There are many places that angled screwdrivers can fit into that straight ones can't , and there are also places angled ones can't fit into that straight ones can. They both have there place in the tool world. This is an idea I implemented and I didn't make it solve all the screw driver problems in the world. I like angled screw drivers for their size and the torque that can be applied to to them.

brokengun (author)2009-07-22

Very cool, I wish that you had the option of putting the bit on the end though. That way it would let you get into tighter spaces, but wouldn't allow you to get a good handle on it.

magickaldan (author)brokengun2009-07-22

It does have the option as far as I can tell, the end is the same threads as the bit holder.

mettaurlover (author)2009-07-19

i used to have a nice little pocket tool kit. i got it at the hardware store but it was faithful until it fell down the elevator shaft and was never seen again...

luvit (author)2009-07-18

i have pocket screwdriver sometimes. a U.S. dime. if it;s too think then i use a paring knife.

luvit (author)luvit2009-07-18

i don't keep paring knives in my pocket though.

magickaldan (author)2009-07-18

If you wanted to you could screw the magnetic bit into the storage end. There the same thread.

illdoyourdrugs (author)2009-07-17

Chip. You got coconuts my friend. Great little pocket sized tool. Screws get tighter with the angle from wrist control, cheap. Nice job.

Uncle Kudzu (author)2009-07-17

"no, really officer, it is a screwdriver."

Hahaha nice one man! made me laugh.

bowmaster (author)2009-07-17

I have a multi tool that has a magnetic screwdriver attachment and a pocket to hold more bits. It (the multi tool) is pretty crappy though. The pliers don't open and close very well. I think I will take of the screwdriver section and adapt it to something like this.

dreich (author)2009-07-17

Absolutely beautiful. And given it's design it seems like it could double up as a chillum as well. :P

=SMART= (author)2009-07-17

Thats a really good idea, it looks nice too. Handy !

kissiltur (author)2009-07-17

That is lovely - decorative as well as compact.

I especially like the way you threaded the bit driver to attach it to the handle, a method which would also make the D-ring bit driver easier to make:

Tape-structable (author)2009-07-17

Wow nice. Lamp parts! I would have never imagined!

Metafire (author)2009-07-17

That's really nifty. If I didn't have my leatherman skeletool, I just might have made this!

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