2016 Screwdriver Swap

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Project by 7Footer posted 06-07-2016 01:11 AM 1385 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my entry for the screwdriver swap. They were sent to Babieca

The combo driver is a Stanley, the handle is made out of Pacific Yew. The split but driver is made out of osage orange. The box is black locust milled from some timberland a co-worker of mine owns. The finishes are mostly all the famous Shampeon Sauce (a shellac/dna/blo mix) and a homemade wax mix, with the addition of some dark danish on the split nut, I wanted to try and darken it to make it look vintage-ish. Pic 6 shows the bonus items, there is a small piece of madrone burl and piece of yew with the emerald pigmented epoxy for a turning blank.

This project was tough! I made several prototypes, wasn’t crazy about any of them, then figured out I really liked the flattened sides and the grip it gives. But I really struggled getting the hole drilled straight. I learned a lot though and it was fun!

The box was a bit of an experiment, I routed little grooves in the top and bottom, and filled the top with epoxy and glow in the dark powder, and the bottom is filled with epoxy and a emerald pigment.

I had a whole bunch of plans to add ink transfers to all the bits and socket sizes, but I simply ran out of time and was in a rush to get the finish on.

other prototype handles I didnt use

The to-be split nut

Split nut handle

Also made a quick little video from the day I turned the split nut and did a bunch of work on the box.


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#1 posted 06-07-2016 01:39 AM

Now that youve had your practice, chuck up somebig leaf burl and hook a brother up! Solid set 7. Lifetime tools with a story. Love it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 06-07-2016 01:44 AM

Very neat! Much more involved than my skill or patience levels allow!

Great job!

-- just rjR

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#3 posted 06-07-2016 02:13 AM

Solid work, 7. And hopefully you kept those prototypes around. Looks like all of them would make great handles.

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

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#4 posted 06-07-2016 02:28 AM

Why fancy that 7footer good show!

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#5 posted 06-07-2016 03:30 AM

Beautiful handles. I like whan plastic handles are replacet with wooden.That’s how tools used to look.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-07-2016 03:51 AM

Simply fantastic. I am a little jealous.

-- There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.

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#7 posted 06-07-2016 07:13 AM

Really nice set 7. Looks the business!

-- 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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#8 posted 06-07-2016 07:46 AM

Really nice set, 7. Remember, the black locust fluoresces under black light!

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 06-07-2016 09:57 AM

Stunning set of drivers, 7!

-- Regards, Norm

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#10 posted 06-07-2016 11:13 AM

One of my favorites in the swap

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#11 posted 06-07-2016 12:01 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

I got you Stef!


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#13 posted 06-07-2016 02:42 PM

Nice work man, the black ferrules look good in contrast. Babieca is stoked to own them I’m sure.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#14 posted 06-07-2016 03:13 PM

This box and set of drivers and accessories makes a beautiful set of tools for the shop. Very nice work indeed.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 06-07-2016 05:15 PM

Killer 7, love how everything has it’s own little cozy spot in the case. Well done! Plus you don’t even have to turn on the light to find your screwdriver!

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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