Introduction: Steampunk Sonic Screwdrivers

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This is a full tutorial on how to make a steampunk sonic screwdriver.

These were built at a cost of about 1.50 USD each, but that only includes the price of threaded rod and electronics, and not the parts I scrounged from random bits and pieces of plumbing and metal bits.

Step 1: Plan It Out

First, the screwdriver is held together by a single 5/32 steel threaded rod.

This can be procured quite easily:

You will also need nuts to go with that, preferably 4 or 5.

Then, last but not least, some parts.

- 1 marble of your choosing

- A body (you can choose a diameter that fits your hand nicely)

- And other parts just to get everything evened out.

Step 2: Construction

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So, first things first, lay out all your parts in the orientation they will be in when you assemble it.

Then, start by putting one washer at the very end of the threaded rod you bought.

Put the end cap on (the thing that holds everything in place), and stack up the parts in the order you laid them out in.

Finally, secure the top with another two or three nuts double tightened so that playing with it will not loosen it up so that it falls apart.

Then tighten the nuts on both ends so tight that you feel like it is one piece.


Step 3: Conclusion

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You have built a sonic screwdriver! if you want to add electronics, just three things are needed: A battery, a button, and an led with color of your choice.

Now, go around annoying your cat with buzzing noises.

Please vote for me in the fandom contest! PLEASE?!

[If I win the contest, I will be giving away the light-up sonic screwdriver to anyone who asks first!!!]


I dont wanna go (author)2015-08-02

Would you be interested in selling your tenth doctor version to me?

It might not be worth it for all the trouble.

Where do you live?

Ben Shamblin (author)2015-08-02

Don't forget to vote!!

Ben Shamblin (author)2015-08-02

Here is how you would wire it.

You will need a pushbutton, several feet of wire, and a coin cell battery and holder,

and an led. Then you connect the pushbutton to the positive lead of the battery and the other lead of the pushbutton to the positive lead of the led.

Then connect the negative battery lead to the negative lead of the led.

I dont wanna go (author)2015-08-01

I might be interested...

The train man (author)2015-07-31

how would you wire it

I will do an Instructable on that tomrrow.

Edbed (author)2015-07-31

These look great! Tho you don't seem to have actually entered any contest.

Ben Shamblin (author)Edbed2015-07-31

They are pending approval.

They are entered in Fandom and Metal now.

I dont wanna go (author)2015-07-31


I dont wanna go (author)2015-07-31

I'm thinking If your design could fit an ATmega328p inside it, I could use a modified design for my mark II sonic...

Maybe with a LOT of work.

I dont wanna go (author)2015-07-31

Gotcha. I was wondering because I have been working on my own sonic for a while and so far it's doing well; It makes the exact sound from the show and will be include a working tv b gone circuit inside it as well. The only issue I have with it is the body. Right now I am using a body that I 3d printed so although it's very screen accurate, it's made of plastic and doesn't extend. I'm interested in how you did the body, it being made of metal and extending. Could your design hold more advanced (and well, bigger) electronics than a switch and led? Thanks!

I dont wanna go (author)2015-07-31

Do you have any more detailed instructions on how you made the tenth doctor version?

That one is a little bit more complicated. The sliding feature relies on two interconnecting pieces of tubing, and there is a slot cut in the backside so that you can slide it up and down with your thumb.

I was lucky to find all the parts to be able to do it, but I would mabye sell it if you are interested.

Ben Shamblin (author)2015-07-31

YESSSS!!!! I got on the Featured Page!!!

I dont wanna go (author)2015-07-31

These screwdrivers look fantastic! I love the one based off the tenth doctor's- the extending feature is rockin'...

Molto bene!

Thanks! Some of them might be up for sale if anyone asks.

Ben Shamblin (author)2015-07-31

Please comment and share!

(I love comments..)

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