I have a thing for vintage tools, and the more used they are the more I love them. This past summer one of the tool collections I started was vintage wooden screwdrivers.
I found my first few early in the summer, and I had a screwdriver sunburst clock project in mind for them right from the get go. But I had to find more, and thankfully by visiting garage sales over the last couple of months I was able to do just that.
Here’s most of my collection. All together they cost me about $8.
Many of them have that lovely patina that makes me giddy with happiness. There are even two pink ones. Can you see them? Yum.
Once I had more than enough screwdrivers I couldn’t decide what to use for the clock face.
I could see the finished project in my mind’s eye, and I had several ideas… but I put it aside because I wasn’t really happy with any of them.
Then one day I was perusing my local thrift store shelves on my lunch hour and there it was… right in front of me, and I had one of those meant-to-be thrifting moments. I scooped it up before anyone else could see my treasure.
It couldn’t have been any better, and I couldn’t believe that I found it… for $1.
What was it?
A circular saw blade. I knew the moment I saw it that it was meant for my clock.
I marked around my clockworks with a Sharpie so I knew how much space I had to work with on the back.
Wait until you see what’s on the front! The back was signed by someone named Kathy in 1994.
DIY Vintage Screwdriver Sunburst Clock
I couldn’t bring myself to permanently adhere my screwdrivers to the blade and I usually listen to my gut instinct when it comes to these things, so I had to come up with another way to attach them..
Enter my glue gun and gorilla tape.
If you have no qualms about permanently attaching the screwdrivers you could use a permanent glue like Marine GOOP or E6000, or maybe gorilla glue would work too. You might still have to use some gorilla tape though, just for extra support.
The glue gun was used just to hold the screwdrivers in place while I taped them down. Even though these screwdrivers are not that heavy (I didn’t use the largest ones) the hot glue wouldn’t hold them on its own.
We love Gorilla tape, and use it for many things. ( I did not get paid to say that. I just happen to love it.)
Each screwdriver was placed to represent the hours one through twelve and I just winged a pattern that I thought looked good.
Some of the handles were not as thick as others so I put something under them while I worked.
Here’s the back all taped up.
It’s important to wrap the tape as tightly over each screwdriver as possible. Gaps in the tape will allow them to loosen.
I used a clockworks from my lazy suzan tray into clock project that I did a few years ago, added a washer for the centre… and it was good to go.
The hands were already painted green and I thought that was perfect. They don’t take away from the beautiful hand-painted picture. We don’t have mountains like that here, but we do live in Mennonite country and we see horses and buggies all the time.
Thanks Kathy, whoever you are… you did a fabulous job.
Whenever I look at my screwdriver sunburst clock I imagine how many projects these were used for, how many fix-it jobs they helped with, and how many hands held them over the years… and it makes me happy.
It measures about 19 1/2″ by 19 1/2″. Here are a few close ups.
I left the screwdrivers as I found them.
All I did was wipe them clean with damp paper towels. I left the dents, wear, rust, paint splats… and whatever else was on them.
It’s all a part of their history after all… and that’s what made me fall in love with them in the first place.
Now that I have the finished sunburst clock on my wall I’m in love with these screwdrivers even more. I just might have to attach it all together permanently. For me this is a keeper.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.