|Project by swirt||posted 08-03-2010 09:50 PM||3394 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I refurbished this Millers Falls No 77 Hand Drill that used to belong to my Dad. This one dates back to 1927-31. I’ve had it for years, but only started using it within the past few years as I’ve gone more and more unplugged. It’s handle was too small and wobbled. Aside from a good cleaning, I didn’t want to restore the tool (new paint, gleaming metal), just refurbish it so it would work better for me.
After a bit of research I discovered that the old handle was actually a replacement. Probably an old broom handle that had been repaired with friction tape. It had to go. I started with a 3” diameter Maple branch that has been drying for quite a while. I have no lathe so I used a drawknife to get it down to 1-3/4” and did final shaping with a spokeshave.
I used a saw and chisel to create the tenon for the copper ferrule.
The handle is finished with 3 coats of Amber Shellac.
These 77’s are not the prized hand drills that the larger No. 2 is, but it works well for small holes. Works even better now with the more stable and beefier grip.
Here is the full story of my Millers Falls 77 hand drill refurbish if you need ALL the details.
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