Easy Screwdriver Upgrade




Introduction: Easy Screwdriver Upgrade

About: I'm an amateur woodworker, welder, and fabricator who loves new tools and old projects. At my day job I am a drafter.

Have you ever groped around in your toolbox for what feels like days, pulling out Phillips after Phillips when all you need is one decent flat-head screwdriver? Do you find yourself putting screws deep in sockets that you can't see, not sure whether you're actually turning the screw or just stripping it so it will be useless forever?

Never again!

Thanks to this exclusive Instructables offer and for the low low price of upping the view count, you can create the best set of screwdrivers you'll ever own. Not only will you be able to tell at a glance what kind and even size of screwdriver you're grabbing, you'll also be able to track a screw's movement even when you can't see the screw.


Set of screwdrivers

Saw (You can use any kind. I used my folding jab saw)

2 screws: one Phillips, one slot (to match the types of screwdrivers)

Drill bit (to make dimples)

Silver sharpie

Step 1: Line Things Up

I wanted the markings on the end to line up with the way the screwdriver tip actually faces, so I had to find a way to hold the screwdriver straight while clamping it in. The easiest way to make sure it is in line is to clamp your screw in so that the line you'll cut is parallel with the slot in the vice. I used my woodworking table for this because it was nice that the screw could bite into the wood a little and hold fast. You can also just put pieces of wood in a vice and secure the screw between them.

Once you've got the screw clamped in it's easy to slide the screwdriver down into the screw and know that the tip is lined up with the vice.

Step 2: Cut Your Markings

Once the screwdriver is held in place, use a saw to cut a line across the top of the handle to match the screwdriver tip. For Phillips, after you cut the first line just cut another line perpendicular across the top. No need to turn and re-clamp unless you're worried about missing somehow.

These cuts need to be clear, but not so deep that you can't get the tip of your sharpie to the bottom of the cut to make it more visible.

If you'd like, you can also mark sizes on the ends. I wanted to be able to grab a specific size of Phillips at a glance, so I put one dimple in the #1 and two dimples in the #2. Do whatever makes sense to you.

Step 3: Sharpie Them In

This is the easiest step, especially if you love coloring books or at some point completed the first grade. Color in the lines and fill in the dimples.

Step 4: Deposit in Tool Box

And you're done! Spending just a few minutes doing this will save you lots of time and frustration later. Fishing around for a flat head is for chumps. Don't be a chump. Make your own upgraded screwdrivers today!



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    8 Discussions

    sweet, I can honestly say I did not see any of those before now. It makes using your drivers so much easier.

    Good ible, but the thing I don't get is you say this helps you tell if you're turning a screw or just stripping it out. I can see how it would make it easy to tell if the screwdriver is turning, but how does it let you see if the screw is turning/the screwdriver bit is engaged in the screw instead of next to it (what usually gets me with a phillips at the bottom of a deep socket is the bit slots into the gap between screw and edge of hole).

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    I look at how the screw looks at the bottom of the hole, lets say it looks like an x, then I put the screwdriver down the hole the same way and give it a turn until it looks like a +. when I pull the screwdriver out if it still looks like an x then I know I have not actually engaged the screw. I get hitting that dang gap to the side though, this just helps to see if its being stripped.

    I was just about to suggest sawing a notch into them, until I realized that's what you did aha, Nice Ible

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    I thought about just drawing them on but quickly realized I would be doing that every third time I used them.

    I've seen tips on marking the handles, but not with aligned marks. Even better! Thanks.

    Thank you, such a simple idea that will save an incredible amount of time.

    I cant believe it has not been done before, or I just missed it.