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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 08-14-2014 07:48 PM 1693 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the very first tools I ever owned was this….

I have quite forgotten how I even acquired it. I suspect it was given to me sometime in the early 1970s as a birthday or Christmas gift from one of my older siblings.

I had no clue about what to do with it.

Though I was deeply involved in the hobby of model rocketry around this time, I wasn’t into woodworking, and had no use for a drill that size. Especially a hand drill.

I eventually acquired some bits for it, and recall immediately pinching my fingers in the gears in an attempt to use it for drilling a hole.

“Ow…Piece o’ crap!!! “

The accursed thing got tossed into a box, never to see the light of day again.

Over the next couple of decades, life happened: a family was started, a career was established, homes were bought.

That old orange eggbeater stayed with me the whole time, albeit packed away in a box along with other never used items. I’m not really sure why it didn’t get tossed onto a table at one of our garage sales along the way. All of my homeowner drilling needs were then being adequately met by powered drills.

The early 90s saw me growing a keen interest in woodworking. But it was all about power tools.

I began building up my garage workshop and producing projects. A nice pegboard tool wall was installed over the workbench. All of my tools could now proudly hang on that pegboard.

Even the little orange eggbeater came out of its long exile and managed to land a spot on that tool wall.

But, I still had no clue about what to do with it. And I still remembered the blood blister it gave me.

So, there it hung, never once being used for anything. It got taken down occasionally by one or another of the kids who wanted something to play with while they were hanging around with me in the garage.

That was its sole function.

Now, fast forward to 2012.

My woodworking journey took an abrupt turn into the world of Neanderthalism.


Hand Tools.

This new sensation was sparked when I inherited a box of old tools that were my grandfather’s.

Almost overnight I found myself gleefully seeking out old rusty tools at yard sales and flea markets.

I researched these tools on the Wonderful World Wide Web…

I began learning to fettle, refurbish, repair, sharpen, and use these artifacts.

These…hand tools.

It was then that it happened. I took notice of the old orange eggbeater hanging on the wall…the one that I had shunned and spurned for so many years.

I took it down…cleaned off some dust and grime with a toothbrush…squirted some light oil around its working parts. I spun the drive gear, and watched it whir more quietly and smoothly than I ever remembered seeing it do before. Then I chucked up a bit and proceeded to drill a test hole in a piece of scrap wood.

It performed efficiently and perfectly.

And it didn’t pinch my fingers!

Now, this old eggbeater has found new life, enjoying a prominent place in the handsawgeek workshop, seeing nearly daily use.

I have no idea what make or model this thing is. There are no manufacturer’s marks on it whatsoever.

A total unknown.

But it proudly shares a shelf alongside my Goodell-Pratts and Millers Falls…..

-- Ed

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#1 posted 08-14-2014 08:01 PM

I have one very similar to yours that I bought maybe 40 years ago. Like yours it hardly got used, but it’s there in case the electric is down or the batteries on my drill are all uncharged. Glad to hear that you are having fun with yours. I like hand tools too, in spite of the many power tools in my shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 08-14-2014 09:56 PM

Hi Ed. That is an entertaining tale that I enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing it and welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 08-14-2014 10:27 PM

Nicely done Ed, and welcome to LJ’s !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#4 posted 08-15-2014 01:33 AM

Great history lesson

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 08-15-2014 11:44 AM

Ed, be careful. It all starts with JUST ONE. I now have two or three of every size drill except for a post drill. Wound up making a tool chest to hold one or two of everything. And I love it :-)

Oh, just finished building a second tool chest.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 08-15-2014 01:32 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments and welcomes.
There’s certainly more blogging to come, so stay tuned!
Yep, tool accumulating can become like a disease. A fun one, though!

-- Ed

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#7 posted 08-15-2014 03:35 PM

Cool eggbeater, Ed. And, like Kevin, I’ve been bitten by the drill bug. The post drill that proves it is below…

EDIT: Stupid turned picture…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#8 posted 08-15-2014 04:26 PM

That’s Ok. A picture of a post drill in any orientation is a thing of beauty!
I’ve been pining for one of these for quite some time.
Have you used this much?
I understand that they were originally meant for the blacksmithing trade. Does the depth feed mechanism work well for woodworking applications?

-- Ed

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