Well, I needed a split nut driver for some saw handles. There are a couple commercial ones out there - Lie Nielsen and Gramercy come to mind - but I didn't want to wait for shipping and my local Dictum store doesn't carry one.
So, I decided to make one. I saw on the internet that someone else had made one from an old 1/2" spade bit. It turned out beautiful, and didn't look too hard.
So, on my way home from work the other night, I stopped in the Army woodshop on my post and came up with this in the 15 minutes I had available to me.
|My 15 minute wonder.|
I ground the tip off of a 12mm spade bit with an electric grinder, shaped the tip on the small belt sander attached to said grinder (until it fit the split nut that I had), ground the notch with a dremel tool, chopped a bit of scrap maple to length with the electric chop saw, drilled the hole in the handle with a drill press, inserted the bit with a friction fit, and shaped the handle freehand with the monster belt sander.
Then I hopped in the car and drove home.
All I did by hand in my shop was my latest favorite finish: burnish with a polissoir, dunk in the boiled linseed oil, wait a day and follow with a coat of Dick wax.
Now I can get on with some hand-tool work.