Make a complete set of heirloom screwdrivers with this FREE, downloadable step-by-step lathe article from WoodsmithPlans.com.
After buying a lathe, the first thing I did was practice by turning a set of round handles for files and rasps. Since then, I’ve learned a technique for turningoval handles. It sounds impossible, but it’s really quite easy.
It’s called “off-center” turning. Instead of one centerpoint on the end of the turning blank, there are three turning points. And the end result is a handle that’s quite comfortable to hold.
When I saw a set of screwdriver shanks from an online woodworking retailer, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to put this turning technique to practical use. I turned three sizes of handles to fit the shanks and used sections of brass pipe to create the ferrules.
With a little practice, you’ll soon discover that it’s not hard to “turn” out a complete set of handles. Aside from their practical use, their heirloom quality means they’ll last for generations.