The driver board portion of the project was a complete success. I purchased a driver board/stepper motor kit from hobbycnc.com I got the EZ driver board with 130oz steppers. The kit came with very clear step by step instructions that anyone could follow. All I required was a soldering iron, some careful reading, double checking and the board was complete. Add a transformer and an enclosure and I had a fully functioning controller box that worked perfectly the first time without any fireworks.
The following pictures document the steps required to put everything together