Screwdriver swap 2016, my entry

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 06-03-2016 12:40 AM 920 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my entry for the screwdriver swap, 2016. After riding the fence for weeks I finally took the plunge. The problem was I had NO knowledge of how to make one, much less a set. I relied a lot on my friends also in the swap for tips and methods on how to make these. I think I drove a few crazy with questions. But that’s what is so wonderful about these swaps, learning and helping each other.

In addition to no knowledge, I also don’t have a lathe or drill press that would work. I began with several tests until I found a design. A five inch block with a taper cut along all four sides to the tip. Worked great on soft pine but I chose hard maple for the handles. A gift from my sawyer. That was a lot different I found out. After the tapers at about half way down I used a router with a round over bit for shaping. I followed this with the ferrells. Filing. Lots of filing. To install the shafts I used a “burn in” method I learned during the swap. Finished with danish oil.

The box was my bonus. Made from spalted maple, cherry and walnut. All also a gift from my sawyer. (What a guy).

This set went to jmartel, who also recieved my box during the box swap.

I want to thank mosquito for sponsoring this swap and Hokieken for giving me confidence and refusing to let me drop out.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 06-03-2016 12:54 AM

That’s a great set Jeff. Not having a lathe made you think out of the box. That’s a grand slam. Your receiver will be more that happy. I would be. Excellent box to make it even better.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 06-03-2016 12:57 AM

Thats a nice boxed set. Glad you persevered.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#3 posted 06-03-2016 01:08 AM

Beautiful work Jeff. Looks very professional.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 06-03-2016 01:16 AM

Great looking all around !

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 06-03-2016 01:27 AM

Phenomenal work Jeff! The box was the perfect way to complete the set. Well done!

-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#6 posted 06-03-2016 01:55 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. I have to admit I really had a learning curve on this one. I hope the last picture shows my pride on completion.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 06-03-2016 02:02 AM

These are beautiful, Jeff. The drivers are stunning and the case pushes it over the top.

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

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#8 posted 06-03-2016 05:16 AM

Looks like a professional set of screwdrivers to me. Nicely done and I love the box.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 06-03-2016 11:27 AM

Beautiful set, Jeff!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 06-03-2016 11:46 AM

They are SQUARE!! how cool, great work.

-- Brian Noel

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#11 posted 06-03-2016 12:18 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. The case almost didn’t make it. Seems my Wife liked it really well. I guess I better make another one. Brian, at first I experimented with shapes. I tried triangle, six sided, and even dowel rods for round. I chose square and really liked the feel. It also allowed me to “keep it simple”. Glad you like them.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 06-03-2016 01:24 PM

That is a great looking set, really nice job on these.

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#13 posted 06-03-2016 01:46 PM

Great looking set!

Where did you get the ferrells?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#14 posted 06-03-2016 02:35 PM

Wow, I don’t know which I like better, the beautiful box or the beautiful driver set.

Great work Jeff!

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#15 posted 06-08-2016 04:51 PM

This is such a beautiful set! Great work Jeff… Those handles are so crisp and clean, they look stunning!


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