|Project by HokieKen||posted 08-30-2016 11:40 AM||799 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
I made this set for my son for his birthday to go with the gun rack I made him:
I made 2 different size drivers from Walnut and Oak laminated blanks. The larger driver was turned on 3 axis to give an ovular shape to the handle. Due to the asymmetric handle, it was a bit of a guessing game to get the celtic knot lamination so that it ended up looking right. I think it took me 4 blanks to get it proper. The second pic shows the side profile of the drivers and you can see how the 3-axis turning gives a continuous but out-of-round handle that I find very pleasing to the hand. It’s the same basic design as the previous drivers I made for my Father-in-law and the set I made for LJ ToddJB in the screwdriver swap but I added a sphere on the end just for looks.
The bit holders I used, Irwin Lock and Load, are the best I’ve found for holding bits solidly and with no slop. They also come in several different lengths. They’re a bit pricey but worth the cost IMHO. (They’re not THAT pricey)
This is my second box build and I gotta say, I really like designing and making boxes for these sets. I decided on this one to use a sliding top and simple doweled butt joints. I like the contrast of these 2 woods so I used Cherry dowels on the Walnut ends and Walnut dowels on the Cherry sides. The top slides in a slot and I put rare earth magnets in the end of the top. I drove some tacks in the box that align with the magnets and left them slightly proud so that it “wedges” the top when it’s fully inserted. It locks the box closed very effectively and the only contact is between the magnets and the tacks so the wood won’t get worn.
The hardest part of the whole build was fitting all the little bits inside the box to secure the drivers and the bits. It was worth it though because I can turn this box upside down and shake it and nothing comes out of it’s place. I suppose eventually the holes for the bits will wear but that can be remedied by epoxying some small magnets in the bottom of the holes.
The drivers were finished with 3 coats of 2:2:1 BLO:MS:Poly mix and then a coat of paste wax. The box is the same finish but with a final thin coat of wipe-on poly instead of the wax (except in the slots for the top, I waxed those).
I thoroughly enjoyed making this set and the gun rack for Brandon’s birthday. These are the first “fine” things I’ve made for him and he was very grateful for the rack as I know he will be this when I give it to him this evening which is his actual birthday. As much as I LOVE my woodworking experiences and making things for myself, I find greater pleasure still in making things for my family and seeing their admiration and gratitude when I give it to them.
Thanks for looking and, as always, comments and critiques are appreciated!
-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!