|Project by HokieKen||posted 06-02-2016 05:59 PM||949 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
These are the drivers I made for LJ ToddJB in the swap we just wrapped up. The shanks were purchased bare from Grace Tools USA. They are excellent drivers of high-quality steel and precision ground tips. I am really impressed with the company and their product. I’ll definitely be sending future business their way!
I turned Walnut handles for the straight drivers and Cherry for the phillips heads. The handles were turned on 3 different axis to get a grip that’s continuous and smooth but not round. That way you can get a better grip for torque and they won’t roll off the workbench. The second pic shows the different profiles from the 2 sides.
The overall handle design started out based on some tools in a photo of H.O. Studley’s tool chest (thanks for the inspiration BigRedKnothead!) but ended up pretty heavily modified until I found a geometry that felt “just right” to my hand.
The final picture is a knockout bar I made as a bonus item for Todd after he remarked on how much he liked Rick M’s in the Swap thread. Thanks for the inspiration on that one Rick!
This swap was a TON of fun and I learned a lot. I also got a killer set of drivers from LJ Combo Prof to add to my tool box. If you’ve never done one, jump on in to the next one. It’s a great time and a great learning experience with a great bunch of talented woodworkers!
-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!