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This is my entry for the spring swap. Going to Nathan, Lazyman, and really hope he likes them. He seems to. His Wife has even dubbed them "dueling screwdrivers" after saying the box looks like it should have dueling pistols! :)

I signed up for this swap and decided I wanted to make a nice screwdriver set. Unfortunately, life really jumped in the way. First my Wife developed a sickness that involved lots of travel and then winter hit. I can't use my lathe unless I take it outside. Hard to find a pretty day to do that! But I jumped in and with the help of GrantA was able to get a set of the Grace shanks. (Thanks for the help and the shanks buddy)! I preped the blanks and finally hit a good day. I really pushed and got all the handles close enough so I could finish them in my shop.


I chose a combination of Maple, walnut and oak. Each wood has a story but I won't go into that. Each time I got some time I would work the handles. Cutting, drilling and sanding until I had them right.


Then the finish began. I tried something new, wet sanding. I used danish oil as a medium and was really pleased with the results. Finished with my mix of 50/50 danish oil and gloss poly.


I had some time left and made a nice box for the set and just had to try one more for a bonus ite. After watching Jay Bates video on making a multidriver I had to try it. I actually made three. One didn't work out and the other went as a gift and one as a bonus.


Thanks to Ken, HokieKen, for "proof reading" my attempts and thanks to Earl for running this awesome swap.

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This is one beautiful set of drivers. Awesome Job!
 

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top notch work as always!
 

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I keep hoping that you draw my name for a swap one of these times. Those are some fine looking screwdrivers and an awesome custom built storage box to go with them. I really like the wood choices all around. Thanks for joining the swap. Glad you could stick with it even with life getting in the way. Good to know your better half to getting better.
 

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Lookin' good! I need to get MUCH better at turning I see.
 

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Great set of drivers Jeff and the box is a perfect compliment. But I wouldn't expect less.
 

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Great attention to detail Jeff. The finished product is awesome.
 

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AWESOME TOOL SET, INCLUDING BOX TOO! Greta colour variations.
 

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i love this set different woods are GR8 case is beautiful maybe i sould have made a multidriver for my set uummm maybe next time GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ DT3
 

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Those look good…the Grace shank are very nice. I wish there was another group buy of them.
 

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Thanks everyone for the nice compliments. I really had fun in this swap. Earl, thanks for running it.
 

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Jeff that set is outstanding. Nice bonus too!
 

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Your work is amazing as always Jeff! I want to make some.
I'd like to see the video on making the multidriver. Can you share the link?
 

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Your work is amazing as always Jeff! I want to make some.
I d like to see the video on making the multidriver. Can you share the link?

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Thanks Duck. Sure thing buddy, no problem.
 

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Thanks Jeff. Hah! As the happy recipient of this fine set, I suppose it is I that should be thanking Kenny and Grant for their help.

I can tell you all that this is really a finely crafted set of tools. The Grace screwdriver shanks truly are exceptional and the shape and the finish that Jeff achieved on the handles is silky smooth without being slippery. They will be a joy to use. The box he made to hold them is really cool too. We really did think it looked like a box for dueling pistols before I looked inside and the way they are nested in the box in matched wood pairs sort of completes the illusion. As I said when I received it, I got a box of awesome in this swap.

The multi-bit driver may actually get the most use because I'm a going to use it to finally retire the crappy one I keep in the kitchen with the tiny bits that are stored in the hollow plastic handle that usually get dropped on the floor when trying switch them out. It'll be the one I reach for first when I'm not in the shop. There will be much less swearing with this new driver.
 

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Nathan, I am really happy you like the set. That's what makes these swaps worth while. I hope they last you a long time and serve you well!
 

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Very nice work Jeff. Love the box. By using different woods on the handles you just kinda know which driver you want to use for certain tasks. Overall a very great swap entry.
 

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Nice looking handles and box Jeff. Well done!
 

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WOW that is an AWESOME set. You did a great job there!!! Very cool
 
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