Until now, woodworkers who have wanted to use a multiple bit screwdriver had to settle for a store-bought version. That’s not such a cool option for people who take pride in working with wood! So, I came up with a hollow-body design (with a press-fit cap) using a bit holder. My screwdriver consists of four parts: the cap, the handle, the bit holder and a locking mechanism for the cap. Its compartment can hold up to eight 1″-screw bits or four 2″-screw bits.
You’ll need a hardwood blank of your choice, a screwdriver bit holder, a rare-earth magnet, a screw and a photocopy of the full-size template.
First off, use a drill press to bore a hole for the bit holder on one end of your blank (in my case, the hole was 1-1⁄8″ deep and 17/64″ in diameter), as seen in Figure 1. Alternatively, you could mount the blank on the lathe in a scroll chuck and bore the hole using a drill chuck; it’s your choice. You’re now ready to begin turning — first the handle and then the cap.