I was poking around in my favorite tool dealer’s booth when I came across a couple of smaller eggbeater drills. One was a Millers Falls and one was a Goodell Pratt. I gave the MF drill a good long look. The crank rotated very smoothly with the merest sound of hummingbird wisps as gears interlaced at high speed. Unfortunately, the chuck jaws failed to work properly so I put it back on its shelf with a heavy heart and a frown. The Goodell Pratt drill also had a smooth rotating action, ...
Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #6: Rehabbing an English Brace—Before and after eye candy for a 10” Skinner hand drill
Yes Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus. Soon after finishing my restoration of “Dusty” an 8” Stanley brace on Andy’s superb “Humble Hand Brace” series came early to my doorstep. My buddy Andy was kind enough to hook me up with two Skinner braces (10” and 6”). He was tireless in his pursuit, even stopping at a Dutch rest stop to bid on Ebay UK for me while driving home from a consulting gig. The 10” Skinner arrived in decent shape so I chose to rehab it rather than restore it. I named ...
hey guys. Brit .....also known as The Man.....started doing an amazing blog on how to restore an old fashion Brace (hand drill). I showed off 3 braces that I had picked up at a thrift store for only $16. I was asking some questions on how to restore them, and Brit stepped up to the challenge. I had no clue he was going to do such an amazing, detailed blog. You should definitely check it out! Anyways, I started this blog to show Brit and others how MY restore is coming along…...and...
I am not officially a “galoot” but I do keep an eye out for hand tools whenever I happen across a garage sale or used items store. Most times, though, I accumulate them as gifts for small favors or when people I know go through a basement cleaning and come across items they don’t use or have any interest in. This latest acquisition was a combination of the two. I helped out a friend with a wireless router issue and once we started talking about my interest in woodworking she...
I probably should have updated this about a week ago but the best laid plans of mice….etc . Drilling 5/8 holes through 1 in of white oak 3 in. cherry and an additional 1 in. of red oak is not something that you can whip out in 45 seconds. You are constantly removing the bit to clear the hole of the waste and there are many holes in this base. This assembly is still quite rough and there will be a lot of sanding and planning once its all together. As the above picture sh...
I have been giving one tip to people for years. It is so simple, I hesitate to even call it a tip, but alas I don’t have a thesaurus handy, so I have little choice. This applies to every photo, whether it is an image of your latest woodworking project or a prize winning picture of a yeti. The last thing I do, before I press the button, is to slowly force myself to run my eyes around the edge of the image. I know it sounds dumber than Jethro Bodine, but that is because it is so easy. ...
Hello Folks, I would like to start this new episode of my restoration blog with a question. Have any of you ever bought something that make you feel like you are the luckiest person of the world? Well it happened to me last Friday. I headed up to my local flea market ( the same one I know doesn’t have any tools at all) but heck who knows maybe one day, maybe today, I though. After about 45 minutes I was ready to leave empty handed, but there were a couple more of tents to look ...
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