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Old 08-02-2011, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Introducing the Screwdriver!!!

http://www.exoticblanks.com/index.ph...mart&Itemid=60

Yes, a multi-bit screwdriver mechanism--very nice quality components. Take a look, they are immediately available.

Here is a picture of what you really receive, along with the tape measure to give you an idea of the scale of this.

The instructions suggest a 2.5" turning square, I think you could easily make this with a 1.5" x 1.5" x 5ish"

Comments welcome, as this is a new concept and we are very interested in what you think of "tools"!

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Hello Ed!
I purchased some of these from a member on here awhile back.I sold a few and gave a few out as gifts.They are very nice and really not hard to make.
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They might make a nice Christmas gift.
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Ed, I really like these screwdriver kits. I have attached some pics of one of four that I have made so far. These kits came from Rocklers. You are correct in figuring that the actual turned diameter is much closer to 1.5" or less. I will have to say that I like the design of the kit you are offering more than the ones I have done. One of the biggest issues I had with the other kits was that, after boring the bit holder hole in the handle to the specified diameter, the internal collar assembly was somewhat loose in the fit. You might notice on pic# 6 that I fitted a neoprene O-ring around a machined groove that was already in the collar. After fitting the O-ring, it provided a stop point for the collar into the handle. I finished by installing the collar permanently with a strong 2-part clear epoxy. None of the four I have made have had any problems, and I carry and use my last one (walnut 2-part glue-up blank) in my everyday tool bag. Now that I know you are carrying this design, I will be ordering from you soon.

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This pic might give a better idea how better craftspersons than I make the units like I have done. You can better see the machined groove in the internal collar that I fitted the O-ring on. When I epoxied my final installation, I allowed the epoxy the self-level over the collar end, totally encapsulating the rubber O-ring. You can see the O-ring, but it can never come off. According to my other recipients of the screwdrivers, they never realized that the O-ring was not part of the original assembly until I told them.
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Wow..those all look nice!
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how well will that kit work without the brass Ferrel, i think it will be prone to splitting
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how well will that kit work without the brass Ferrel, i think it will be prone to splitting
Brass or copper ferrules are easily made from plumbing supplies...
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I agree about the making of ferrules from plumbing supplies. In addition to making a few other screwdriver kits, I have also made and fitted new handles for a bunch of my hand tools in my shop, including broken screwdrivers, unhandled files and rasps, and picks/probes. After calculating the size of the entrance bore hole, I was able to make brass ferrules for these tools within two I.D.s. Most of my smaller tools fit well into a 1/2" tubing, and my larger ones went into a 3/4" tubing. I would usually do a light degrease, light roughing with scotch pad, and a wipe or two with wipe-on poly to retard any tarnishing. The anti-tarnish treatment is not that important to me because I use these tools on a regular basis.
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Snap-on produced these for Harley Davidson and handed them out as Christmas gifts several times while I was in their employ. Two straight, two Philips, four Torx tips. I'd love to see this version as a kit; maybe I'll cut the plastic off of one to see if I can re-use the socket. :-)
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