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The Laser Screwdriver

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As a maker you always need screwdrivers. They're handy but become boring after a while :). So I decided to make a tool handle which looks galactical cool and is also handy. The Laser screwdriver is the result.

As this is my first instructable i would be very happy if you leave a comment. (so i can improve it) :)
 
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Step 1: Material

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For this project you will need:
1. a cheap screwdriver
2. a piece of aluminium bar stock
3. a piece of steel bar stock
4. a piece of aluminium tubing
5. Black paint
(6. Some liquid rubber for the set screw // optional)

Step 2: Tools you need

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You will need:

1. Safety glasses
2. caliper
3. drill
4. tap and tap wrench
5. a hecksaw
6. a lathe
7. a brush
8. several lathe tools for machining the parts
9. a drill press
10. an angle grinder

Step 3: Measuring and designing

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Measure the handle of a screwdriver that fits well to your hand. Then measure the shank of the cheap screwdriver.
Now, draw a sketch with the correct measurements for your handle. You will need the sketch during the production of the parts.

Step 4: Machining of the parts

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Now you can machine the parts to your design specifications. Just make sure that the shank of the screwdriver fits into the hole you drill in the handle.

For the beam guard you can cut a piece of aluminium tubing at an angle of 45 degrees.

Machine the setscrew for locking the tool into position when you insert the shank into your handle.

Step 5: Drilling and threading

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Drill a hole where the set screw goes. Then use your tap wrench to make a thread into the drilled hole that fits to your set screw.

Step 6: Paint the handle

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Paint the handle in your desired colour and let it dry. ( Make sure your colour is intended for use on metal surfaces)
After the paint has dried you can sand off the excess paint.

Step 7: Preparing the shank

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Cut off the shank of your cheap screw driver and grind a small notch at the end of it. ( So the shank doesn't rotate in the handle when turning)
sdischner4 months ago
I would Add multiple bits that are all spring loaded
JRPeyesatsne10 months ago
First!

Wait, no one's actually commented yet? Wow, this is a pretty cool project. I wish I had a lathe...
I'll bet an electric toothbrush that looks like this would sell a few...
tsa'ad10 months ago
Very nice, but dont use a cheap screw driver. Get a cheap quality screwdriver. :)
criggie tsa'ad10 months ago
Agreed - all that work may as well use a good screwdriver shaft, cheap ones chew out fast.
tootall112110 months ago
Very nice, the pictures really tell the story well. Almost don't need any written instructions. However, I have another idea for you. You could get the same look with some PVC pipe pieces, and silver and black paint. You could simply glue in the screwdriver, handle and all, use an endcap on the open end. You could also use an inexpensive changeable bit type screwdriver you you could have better bits, like a concave grind on the flat blade that works much better than the typical wedge grind. That would make the tool infinitely more useful.
anarchyreigns10 months ago
very very cool tool
SparkIndustries (author)  anarchyreigns10 months ago
thank you for your feedback :)
PotterKitty39410 months ago
Could you make the Sonic Screwdriver? From Doctor Who?
SparkIndustries (author)  PotterKitty39410 months ago
Yes, it's definitively worth a try ;)
Mave_Rick10 months ago
Fantastic! Could a Sonic Screwdriver be in our future perhaps?! You could potentially have an entire set of Dr. Who and Starwars screwdriver handles with interchangeable bits.
SparkIndustries (author)  Mave_Rick10 months ago
Thanks for your feedback. I alrady thought about making a sonic screwdriver dremel
Zachhall5510 months ago
Great job!!!!
SparkIndustries (author)  Zachhall5510 months ago
thank you for your feedback :)
astrofolk10 months ago
You could make several shanks and other bits to go in the handle, utilizing the notched+set screw feature you included.
SparkIndustries (author)  astrofolk10 months ago
Yes, thats a great idea. I'm actually working on a shank with interchangeable bits.
innovator00710 months ago
Nice job!! Its hard to believe that this is your first instructable!! I voted!
SparkIndustries (author)  innovator00710 months ago
thanks :)
tsa'ad10 months ago
Btw u got my vote ;)
SparkIndustries (author)  tsa'ad10 months ago
thank you :D
thesurfingtaco10 months ago
Awesome idea. I'd like to call it: "The Screw Saber"
SparkIndustries (author)  thesurfingtaco10 months ago
Yes the screw saber really would be a good name :)
That is a fun idea! Definitely unique!
SparkIndustries (author)  Penolopy Bulnick10 months ago
thanks :)
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