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 gave me this old hand drill that sat in a toolbox for a number of years. Not an item of any real value but I have been looking for an egg beater drill for some time. I am not overly impressed with the hand drills sold today and this was a pleasant surprise to have fallen in my lap.
This is an old Stanley h1221 egg beater style drill manufactured around 1953 as part of their “Handyman” series and fell out of production shortly after. The drill started out as part of the “Defiance” line in 1942. I found a little bit of the history here. And picked up a little more bits and pieces on various websites.
The “Handyman” series is not Stanley’s best (but compared to today’s offerings, definitely not their worst), however I do like the double pinions for the gear and the iron in the body.
I do not use a hand drill often, but do find them useful at times. I thought it was a nice gesture on the part of the gift giver and will make use of it at some point. I spent some time cleaning the gears with WD40. Time in the shop lately has been nil and it felt nice to spend just a little time down there, even if it was just to spend a few minutes cleaning a tool.
Happy woodworking all,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.