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Blog entry by mafe posted 08-03-2010 08:05 PM 3087 reads 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yankee trouble (bits and pieces…)
Or when you have to pay 45$ for to little, and are to stubborn to do so!

Yes I had the choice to pay 45$ including shipping for Europe, for a bitholder to my Yankees, or buy a set of different bits from england for 28 Pound – this was the closest to madness since I own several other more modern screwdrivers, but…
Yes I like old tools, and love to have a beautiful or special tool in my hands, and since I am the owner of tree Yankee screwdrivers that were only collecting dust, I decided to change this my self!

So a 4$ bitholder for the accumachine, and a little imagination:

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Here you see the bitholder.

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And here mounted in my drillpress.
The job now is to use a file, and a caliper¨until you have the dimension of the Yankee bits.
(1 minute).

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The bitholder after filing and sanding on the drillpress.
Next job is to make the little ‘saddlegrib’ in the buttom, and after a hack in the side.
(1 minute on the grinder, and 5 filing and sanding).

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And here we are with the finished product app. 15 minutes later.

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And now ready to hang on the toolwall with the other tools, now more usefull, and ready for the 21. century.

Perhaps you will also be interested in my wood bitbox, for a vintage multitool.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,
Best of thoughts,
MaFe2010

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



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Div

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#1 posted 08-03-2010 09:37 PM

Hey Mads, great minds think alike! Or maybe a tight wallet forces invention. I did a similar thing some time ago. Wanted to drive square heads with my Yankee and came up with the same idea.
Man, are we clever or what! ;^)

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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mafe

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 10:09 PM

Hi Div,
Yes we are completely amazing… ;-)-
Love you man!
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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docholladay

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 04:19 AM

You know, I have a couple of extra magnetic bits like that. I do believe I will hav to give this a try. Thanks for showing it to us.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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stefang

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 07:12 PM

Hi Mads. I used to be frustrated thinking I should be coming up with clever ideas like this one to solve little tool problems, but now I just find it easier to just let you do the thinking and follow your lead. Well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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mafe

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 07:37 PM

Docholladay: Glad if it can be helpful, we can not waste these old beautiful tools.
Mike: You make me laugh, but I’m truely happy if I can really be to inspiration, and will try to keep up.
You can not imagine how much I have learned here at LJ, I find it fantastic, that we are a bunch, a big bunch of people, who like to show our ideas, and to get ideas from the others. It’s truely wonderful.
Thank you,
best of thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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clieb91

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#6 posted 09-19-2010 09:33 PM

Mads, I missed this one when you posted. But glad I found it now, I have already bought one bit holder for some of my Yankees but will keep this one in mind for some of the others that I have that are different sizes. Thanks.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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mafe

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#7 posted 09-19-2010 09:59 PM

Thank you Chris.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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ColbyCheese

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#8 posted 01-25-2011 05:37 AM

Howdy Mafe,

My names Colby and I was wondering – how long is the end ( by end I mean the from the rounded section to the end of the bit ) of the bit holder you used? I have a bit holder I’d like to use in my yankee screwdriver but I just wanted to make sure I had the right size. My Yankee screwdriver is a Stanley 130A.

-- "Living well is the best revenge" - Unknown

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swirt

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#9 posted 01-25-2011 06:10 AM

Colby I think the length on the 130A has to be 1-1/4” or more. It is a little difficult to find ones that long.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Popgun

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 03:52 PM

Thanks for posting this. I made a bit for my (new to me) Yankee screwdriver and it worked great. I did not have a pattern but followed your instructions and presto a new screwdriver. Will make a set today.

-- A man who never made a mistake, never made anything !!!

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mafe

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#11 posted 02-03-2011 04:51 PM


Here are the measures for mine:
Mine is a 233H and 135B.
Hope it can be usefull.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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ColbyCheese

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#12 posted 02-06-2011 04:35 AM

Thanks for your help in Mafe and Squirt : – ). I’m going to try to make a bit for a perfectly good Yankee Screwdriver I bought a pawn shop for $5. :D

Colby

-- "Living well is the best revenge" - Unknown

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Dennisgrosen

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#13 posted 02-23-2011 12:38 AM

thank´s Mads I know I did saw it first time
but can´t figur out why I didn´t coment this clever idea first time .-(

take care
Dennis

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mafe

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#14 posted 02-23-2011 12:40 AM

Only happy to help.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dennisgrosen

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#15 posted 02-23-2011 12:55 AM

now I know :-) LOL
its becourse I did do it on the multitool and bitbox LOL

take care
Dennis

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