Screwdriver handles: Part 2

Here is the second half of a post on making some screwdriver handles.

I parted the handle from the rest of the blank but left some waste on the end so the main part was not damaged when hammering the shank into place. The waste wast removed with a carving knife.


After sanding down the handles with some 220 grit paper, I applied some tung oil to bring out the colour. For full disclosure, I made a mistake with the largest handle in that the hole was not quite parallel to the handle length: the shank jutted out at an angle. The small and medium handles came out great though. I’ll redo the large one sometime soon. Any comments on how to drill the hole better (without a drill press) would be most welcome!

See part 1.

4 thoughts on “Screwdriver handles: Part 2

  1. They look great!

    I’m not sure how to advise you further on drilling freehand but, if you were to use a pillar drill, you could make a simple jig, similar to what woodturners use to hold pen blanks vertically. You’d have to do it before turning or shaping, of course.

  2. I think drilling on the lathe would be good, but I cannot fit a chuck in where the live centre is (right hand side). I could put it on the drive centre side though, and perhaps keep the wood on the live centre by hand? Cons = chuck has only 3/8 capacity and I’m worried that there will be too much play for it to work.

    I am reluctant to get a powered pillar drill because of its footprint in the garage. But it does seem like the best solution.

    Thanks for the suggestions!

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