Old handdrill 'back to life' (a Christ-Ma(d)s tale...)

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Old hand drill ‘back to life’
a Christ-Ma(d)s tale…

Try and imagine you are three years old, in you denim overalls, playing around in the back yard of the apartment building you are living in. Now the caretaker of the house arrives in his coverall, and I see that he is bringing a hand drill that looks just like a machinegun – wauuuu. My eyes are as big as teacups, and seeing him using it I will never forget in my life, it was so cool! Perhaps this is where my tool fetish started.

So when my friend Napoleon and I the other day was at a metal junkyard, and I saw one just like it in a dirty puddle I had to react. I picked this old rusty useless thing up, and Napoleon probably thought I had lost my mind, when I said I wanted it! And so he went to the owner and came back telling me I could keep it for nothing.
Wauuu an old useless rusty, dirty, and not running hand drill, am I just lucky!!!

So Home with it!
Take it apart.
And found the dirtiest inside, the grease was like lard, completely stiff and the water was running out.
The luck was that the grease had kept all the wheels perfectly fit, and free of rust.
Some cleaning, a lot of cleaning!
And the inside was ready for rock and roll, all the gears were running smooth again, and the sound was really music.
Late time since the front handle was missing, freehand work after the other, glue in a bolt, and oiling the wood.
So last problem ended up being the biggest – one of the tiny springs in the drill head was broken! S… A lot of research, I could not find any. But today I had the luck, in an electronics shop they had a little box with springs, and I found three I could use. How lucky can you be? (Today my daughter and I also won 40 $ each on a lottery note).
So at 01.00 at night when my daughter was finally at sleep, I went to the workshop, and was able to finish up the old hand drill. When I have the energy it will get a shine up, but for now I’m a happy big boy.

Imagine, I have now this. The hand drill that looks like a machinegun, running smooth, and giving me a smile now.

What more can I wish for Christ-Ma(d)s?

Hope it can bring some smiles.

Best thoughts and a marry Christmas,


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

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#1 posted 12-23-2010 03:57 AM

I had great use of some dentist tools I was given from my x-wife’s father!
To mount those little springs inside the drill head, was a challange.

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

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#2 posted 12-23-2010 04:11 AM

Another great restoration Mads!! It looks good as new.

-- Dale, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-23-2010 04:14 AM

This is the image I guess I had in my head when I was a boy!

Perhaps I had seen too many movies, or played arround with my Actionmen…
Boys will be boys.

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

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#4 posted 12-23-2010 04:57 AM

congrat´s with the find , great save mads understandeble why you are happy :-)
I my self have a few to be refurbed as you know
one question ? had you any woble in the head when using the drill
and if how did you figured out what to do with it.

take care

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#5 posted 12-23-2010 04:57 AM

My dad had one with a big chest pad on it that you use for extra leverage when drilling. I remember him being red in the face when drilling something what seemed like a 2” hole through a huge oak beam. I can’t remember what the beam was for but I remember my dad seeming to drill a long time and many cuss words and being red in the face. Thanks for posting and bringing back memories of my dad from near 55 or so years ago. I wish I knew what happened to it.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 12-23-2010 05:01 AM

Found an old rosewood Brace, nothing but some cleaning and oiling good as old.

Garage sale 1.00 the guy was just cleaing out a rental. He said it looks old but who would want one when they could get a cordless drill.

Great find.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#7 posted 12-23-2010 05:05 AM

thats one sweet drill there Mads! I like it.

nice job on the restoration. Happy Birthday Drill – and here’s to many more ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 12-23-2010 05:16 AM

WOW thats awesome!! Ive never seen one like that…and it does look like some sort of machine gun LOL. Great find and restore Mads, hope you enjoy the new toy!!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#9 posted 12-23-2010 05:51 AM

Congratulations! You brought it back to life, I would call you a paramedic for tools!!!

Merry Christmas!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#10 posted 12-23-2010 06:02 AM

Well done man. That’s cool. Great save.

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

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#11 posted 12-23-2010 06:28 AM

I always wanted one of those. No not the macine gun.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 12-23-2010 12:55 PM

Hi guys,
For those that don’t know the hand drill, it has two gears, so you can move the handles and then change speed (quite cool).
Ian, perhaps it’s easier to make holes with a machinegun…
Doc, smile.
Jusfine, 911 MaFe – to the tool rescue.
DaddyT, merci, I’m sure it will make me smile, and that was for me the purpose.
PurpLev, a reason to bake a cake… No we will make little chokolates here today, it’s christmas, so my daughter and I will make all the traditional stuff from Danish Christmas.
Mike, yes now they are considered as no value, just like the hand planes were for a while, and then at one moment people will miss them, and start to buy them again. We are just sentemental men, with a passion for history.
Erwin, happy that I could bring back some memories to you also. Yes it seems almost impossible today, that people acually used these for big tasks.
Dennis, Yes I smiled when I saw you also had even two of these. Mine runs like a baby now no woble, perhaps it could pe one of the springs, so the jaws dont close equal… Mine had like a stop for each 360 turn, but after beeing cleaned up, and having a thick layer of motor grease inside, the gears are running so sweet now.
Dale, I smile.
Best thoughts to all of you, and marry christmas,

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

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#13 posted 12-23-2010 01:09 PM

Nice work Mafe, pretty cool.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 12-23-2010 02:37 PM

Mads, I can relate very well to your being enthralled with these old drills. My grandpa had a similar drill with a shoulder rest like your’s, that I used to sneak from the shop and pretend it was a tommy gun. I never have any trouble getting rid of used dental hand instruments. They come in handy for gun cleaning, scuba equipment repairs and countless other things. By the way anyone is welcomed to pick through a box of this stuff for anything they can use.

I like the enclosed gearbox, I had not seen one like that before. I always get a kick out of the cordless drill thing. I tell people that this is a vintage cordless drill and doesn’t need to be charged either

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#15 posted 12-23-2010 03:17 PM


-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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