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Project by ToddJB posted 05-19-2016 04:19 PM 1426 views 4 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Gang, this project was serendipitous. I had signed up for the LJ Screwdriver swap right around the same time my wife told me we were going to be having a retirement party for my Father-in-law. He is a fellow woodworker, focusing mostly on pen turning. I thought this would be a great project to honor him and his years of labor.

Through the swap, we were able to get connected with Dan from Grace Tools who graciously sold us sets of his screwdriver shanks. Though I knew I was not going to use his shanks for my swap item (which is still a secret), I knew this was an opportunity that would be silly to pass up, so I bought a few sets.

Here’s how they turned out.

I used East Indian Rosewood for the handles. I turned down brass flare nuts for the ferrules.

The rack is made from padauk and is joined via a sliding dovetail. Finished with just wax.

Pics show:
1- finished in rack
2- ” profile
3- freshly polished and waxed
4- solo close up
5- the sqaure shankes required filing the ferrules square
6- starting materials.

Again, to my fellow swappers this is NOT my swap item, nor is it a reflection of what my swap item will be – I kept a few tricks up my sleeve for that.

Thanks for checking them out.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built





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#1 posted 05-19-2016 04:25 PM

They came out spectacular Todd. I love the rack too!!

Is there a flat spot on the handles to prevent rolling?

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 05-19-2016 04:26 PM

Thanks, T. No flat spot, that would have been a good idea though.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 05-19-2016 04:31 PM

Rain on his parade, harsh man. :)

Very nicely done Todd, and useful.

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#4 posted 05-19-2016 04:36 PM

I’m not raining… it is cool that they don’t have a flat; in this case it’s preferred in my view. It enhances their elegance not having it.

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 05-19-2016 04:38 PM

nice save, Tony.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#6 posted 05-19-2016 04:41 PM

Ha! Bite me.

A flat would have dumbed them down.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 05-19-2016 04:42 PM

They certainly do look great Todd! I’ll probably include them with the pictures I bundle and send to Dan once we’ve had our reveal date, if you don’t mind :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#8 posted 05-19-2016 04:44 PM

I mind not. Thanks, Mos.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#9 posted 05-19-2016 04:44 PM

Those are fantastic Todd. That rosewood is awesome. Also really dig those ferrules. GOrgeous set man!

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#10 posted 05-19-2016 04:46 PM

Gorgeous Todd! Love the rosewood. The consistent geometry scaled proportional to the driver size makes for a handsome set. The Paduak looks great next to the rosewood too.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 05-19-2016 04:50 PM

Dude, those are awesome.

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#12 posted 05-19-2016 04:51 PM

Kenny, the proportions were the biggest challenge for me. It was really hard for me to wrap my head around.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#13 posted 05-19-2016 04:58 PM

Excellent job, Todd. Rosewood and brass is always a good combo and I love the shape of the handles.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#14 posted 05-19-2016 05:04 PM

Great work, I’m impressed at how even and repeatable you can make your turnings.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#15 posted 05-19-2016 05:37 PM

Fabulous, Todd!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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