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1930s Oldtimer Screwdriver - Perfect Restoration

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1930s German Oldtimer Screwdriver - Perfect Restoration.

In this video i'm restoring a german screwdriver from the 1930s.

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My friend found this rare screwdriver in the steel waste at the recycling station. It was dirty, rusty and from its look you can tell that it had a hard life. It was bent in all directions and was used for more than just tighten and loosen screws. I really liked the design of it, specially because of the look of the handle. I've never done woodworking before in my life, that's why I decided to challenge myself and restore this beauty. As i have no clue when it comes to wood, I had to do some research first.I found out that ash wood is very common for handles in general, that's why I decided to go with it. The second thought i had after deciding to restore it was that I'm not going to use any glue to fix the handles. I'm going to use handmade rivets, I've never done that before either. I was really happy with the result, it came out exactly how I wanted.

I hope you like my work and the video.


00:00 preview
00:33 disassembling
01:33 showing all the parts
01:40 washing the parts
01:46 removing the rust
01:59 bending it back in shape
02:15 removing all deep scratches with a file
02:41 making the wooden handles
03:47 drilling the holes for the rivets
04:03 finishing the shape of the handles
04:44 countersink for the rivets
04:55 sanding and polishing the screwdriver
05:49 hardening and tempering the tip of the screwdriver
06:18 making two new rivets
06:44 preview before reassembling
07:01 reassembling
08:04 using linseed oil for the handle
08:17 showing the finished product

Time and costs of this restoration:

I spent around 14 hours on this project
$10 Ash wood
$10 Linseed oil
$5 Sandpaper for wood

Timestamps of used tools and machines:

00:40 bench grinder
00:47 300g hammer and 3mm punch
01:04 2mm punch
01:40 parts washer with parts cleaner liquid, google it ;-)
01:46 steel wire brush
01:48 Dremel steel wire brushes
02:05 500g hammer
02:11 adjustable wrench
02:15 triangular file
02:31 flat file
02:51 belt grinder (grid 60)
03:26 semicircular rasp file
03:47 hand drill machine with drill 3.3mm
04:11 semicircular rasp file
04:17 wood sandpaper (grid 40, 80, 120, 150)
04:44 column drill with 3 lip countersink
05:01 metal sandpaper (grid 120, 240, 400)
05:27 polish paste
05:29 cotton polish disc
05:49 acetylene/oxygen torch
05:58 any oil will work
06:05 bakeoven
06:11 sandpaper (grid 400)
06:18 lathe Weiler
07:01 grease
08:04 linseed oil
09:29 bolt M8

My camera:
Panasonic HC-V180

If you have any questions about the process, machines i'm using or other stuff, just ask me in the comments. I read them all and i try to reply as soon as possible.

Sorry for my bad english, it's not my language. I try my best to improve my technical english.

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