I have a Black & Decker power drill that I inherited from my father who passed away about 20 years ago. It doesn’t get a lot of use but it is my go to tool for many projects around my house. The drill must be a least 25 years old and it still works fine. It was made in Canada with the label in french and english printed in the USA. It replaced an earlier power drill that died on me for reasons I forget.
The first project I attempted with this drill was to repair my bed. The mortise and tenon joint joining the post with the foot board was separating. I decided to drill a hole through the post and tenon and insert a wooden dowel to hold the joint together.
The bed was made of hard maple and I had never worked with maple before so I figured drilling this hole may be more of a challenge than most. I put in a bit and began drilling. The drill probably went in about a 1/16 of an inch and couldn’t get it any more. I decided my bit was too dull for hard maple. I went to my local hardware store bought the best bit I could find.
I returned to the drilling this time laid into the drill. Smoke was coming out of the hole, but I managed to get the hole drilled another 1/4”. This is hard word. Decided to go for coffee.
When I came back I surveyed the job. I must be doing something wrong. I studied my new drill. It was then I found the small switch on the back of the drill labeled F and R. The switch was in the R position.
Who new they made reversible drills?