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
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

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 :)



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    27 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Install a laser pointer too and light up your screw head. cool build btw


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I was thinking about GZs comment - this is a cool build but just think, if ya had a real burning laser say,in the unit as well it would be a great tool for wood working as ya could use it to start off your screws to stop the wood splitting ( that bugs me no end ).

    Very smart man tool though - - MAN TOOLS ROCK!!!!!!


    5 years ago

    I would Add multiple bits that are all spring loaded


    5 years ago on Step 9


    Wait, no one's actually commented yet? Wow, this is a pretty cool project. I wish I had a lathe...


    5 years ago

    Very nice, but dont use a cheap screw driver. Get a cheap quality screwdriver. :)

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Agreed - all that work may as well use a good screwdriver shaft, cheap ones chew out fast.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    5 years 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.

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    5 years ago

    You could make several shanks and other bits to go in the handle, utilizing the notched+set screw feature you included.

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice job!! Its hard to believe that this is your first instructable!! I voted!