More Than Merely Making Holes.

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 09-05-2014 01:09 PM 1155 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

One of the favorite tools in the handsawgeek Neanderthal arsenal is a breast drill.

(I can just hear the young schoolboys twittering…”He said ‘breast’, Hee hee hee”)

It came to me in a box of tools inherited from my grandfather. When I first pulled it out of the box, I remember exclaiming, “That is one serious hand drill!” Since one of these behemoths had never been encountered before, I didn’t really know what it was all about at the time.

Enter ‘The Wonderful World Wide Web’.

After doing some research on tool sites and forums, I became edu-ma-cated about breast drills and what they were used for.

Mainly for drilling holes in metal.

This made sense since grandfather was an automobile mechanic back in the day, so would likely have frequently used one. There are no recollections of him ever owning a drill press.

As for the breast drill, it is now carefully refurbed, cleaned up, and hanging in the handsawgeek workshop.
There, it sees very little use aimed at drilling holes in wood projects.

Hole-making is the job regularly given to the braces and the BD’s smaller eggbeater kin.

Nope, this baby is used exclusively as a ‘power’ screwdriver. It possesses enough heft and torque to make quick work of driving any screw into a piece of wood. Almost as efficient as a battery or tailed drill/driver, only less noisy. The only down-side to using it is for a few jobs that don’t allow enough room to effectively turn the handle.

So, a six inch long Phillips screwdriver bit is permanently chucked into the breast drill, which hangs in a prominent spot on the tool wall… and gets used a lot!

“He said ‘breast’ again…..Hee Hee Hee….!”

-- Ed

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#1 posted 09-07-2014 11:59 PM

These are are wonderful and very useful as you found out in woodworking

Thank you for sharing

-- Norman

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