Introduction: The Laser Screwdriver
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) :)
Step 1: Material
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
You will need:
1. Safety glasses
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Step 8: Assembly
Glue the beam guard to the handle with a strong adhesive. Then insert the shank and lock it in place with the set screw.
Step 9: Use the Moment of Force!
Now you're finished and you can use the force in all your diy projects. Happy building :)