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: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Crown-Bolt-8-32-x-36-in...
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
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
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.
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[If I win the contest, I will be giving away the light-up sonic screwdriver to anyone who asks first!!!]