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Vintage drills of your dreams

by Bertha
posted 06-19-2011 11:17 PM


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Bertha

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#1 posted 06-19-2011 11:27 PM

This is my baby:

They make a nice decoration, if nothing else:

I have others in need of attention:

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 06-19-2011 11:42 PM

not pretty like yours Al but they makes some pretty holes

-- The confused powertool using galoot

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#3 posted 06-19-2011 11:59 PM

Here are some. I need to get out into the shop and take some photos…

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Strange Brace #1

Turn Screw #2

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 12:00 AM

Neander enters the race with a SOLID collection of bits. I want that chest drill so bad I can feel it in my soul.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 12:02 AM

I’ll get my pics up soon.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 06-20-2011 12:02 AM

OMG, Wayne’s typing while I’m typing. Stupendous! Why do we like those straight slots so.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 06-20-2011 12:03 AM

RG, waiting, as if in labor.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 06-20-2011 12:43 AM

Of course right after Wayne comes along and makes my bits look petty. man, I felt good about myself for a bit.

-- The confused powertool using galoot

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#9 posted 06-20-2011 12:47 AM

: ^ (

Sorry Sir, I was just putting up the photos I have on flickr. I need to go get some current shots.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 06-20-2011 01:01 AM

I am lovingly staring at your collection, emm, assortment of users, just wishing I had them

-- The confused powertool using galoot

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#11 posted 06-20-2011 01:56 AM

Nice collection.

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#12 posted 06-20-2011 01:58 AM

I can’t post it ‘till I clean it up. Looks just like Al’s first one. No bits. Worked today getting dust collection on an old craftsman (kingsley) jointer. Everybody needs 2!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#13 posted 06-20-2011 02:21 AM

This might not be the best one ever, but considering I picked it up at an estate sale for $5.00 , I’ll call it a gloat.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 06-20-2011 02:24 AM

It looks like a great drill Charlie.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 06-20-2011 02:37 AM

Can someone explain what is a good hand drill or point to a good site.
I have seen many and own a couple. But don’t know what to look for.

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#16 posted 06-20-2011 02:53 AM

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#17 posted 06-20-2011 03:30 AM

Not very impressive but it’s the only one I have – works well though. I have no idea about manufacturer.

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#18 posted 06-20-2011 08:35 AM

I’m in loooooove.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#19 posted 06-20-2011 12:36 PM

Hi guys,
Wonderful braces there, I think we have to ask our friend Jamie to show what he has.
When I get back from Paris I will make some photos of what I can make holes with.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#20 posted 06-20-2011 02:05 PM

Moar!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#21 posted 06-20-2011 05:40 PM

Great Idea starting a format for the braces & bits!!

Mine will be added soon, I just got rid of approx 30 bits cause I just had to many.

Sweet looking pics so far though, keep em coming.

Neandermite – wait till you see my bits – Mine are shamefull, no box & all black in color.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#22 posted 06-20-2011 05:53 PM

I will try to get some stuff from the shop and some more photos today.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#23 posted 06-20-2011 06:02 PM

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#24 posted 06-20-2011 06:04 PM

For Wayne, Krenov:

powerful image.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#25 posted 06-20-2011 06:45 PM

Bertha – Just a comment but arn’t the kids fingernails painted?

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#26 posted 06-20-2011 06:50 PM

DaddyZ, wannabe’s. Can’t paint the nails the old fashioned way. By work.

I live in coal country. I’m an educated snob that wishes he’d gone the other route. I’m down for a day’s work, but I always feel a bit soft when I come up against a miner. I have more respect for the trades that anyone can imagine.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#27 posted 06-20-2011 06:54 PM

Yeah, that sure looks rough !!!

Here is something that guy needs for cleaning himself up after a day like that

Sandpaper Storage !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#28 posted 06-20-2011 07:07 PM

I like the way you think, Daddy.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#29 posted 06-20-2011 07:27 PM

That was a beautiful image of Krenov.
I love it.

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

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#30 posted 06-20-2011 07:31 PM

It’s powerful, ain’t it, Mads?
I want to see this image of you in 20 years, chronically engrimed, soiled, proper.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#31 posted 06-20-2011 10:27 PM

that´s potrait of Krenov is in the top ten of potrait I ever have seen and I have seen alot and taken a few :-)
these kind of potrait´s say´s alot more about the person than those standard picture´s
the photostudio´s take

but here here is my little collection of none restored drills :—(
the first has only two jaws …. Brand unown sofare … the closet and the tools
was in the house when we bought it

the two I enherithed from my father

the blue one here has the same size

the breastdrill you see here is smaller than the black and blue

yes a few drillbits has arived too …with a brace … LOL

I know I have to clean them up and take a new fammely potrait …. but for now its still planes
I slowly try to restore …. lack of time :-(

take care
Dennis

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#32 posted 06-20-2011 10:30 PM

Nice set going there Dennis !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#33 posted 06-20-2011 10:39 PM

thank´s DaddyZ :-)

but wait until Mads play the game and you will be amazed over his collection of Drillbits ….LOL

Dennis

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#34 posted 06-20-2011 11:02 PM

Here are three of my braces that are all dear to my heart. A Yankee 2100 12” sweep, a Stanley No.923 with a 10” sweep and a Skinner with a 6” sweep. If you missed it, you can read how Skinner was brought back from the grave here.

The Yankee 2100 is, in my opinion, the height of hand brace development. The ratchet mechanism spins like a top and it is a joy to use. A lot of people think that the 2101 or the 2101A were the best braces ever made, but they changed the packing material in the ratchet on the 2101 and it has a tendency to make the ratchet seize up after all these years and they need to be dismantled and thoroughly cleaned. The plating was also inferior on the 2101. In the US, you can pick one of these up quiet cheaply, but they can’t be found in the UK. I paid a lot of money to have one imported from the US and I consider it money well spent.

The Stanley No.923 belonged to my grandad. When I was a kid, I used to go and spend a week with my grandparents every summer holiday. My grandad would take me to his shed and teach me about hand tools. I drilled a lot of holes with this brace when I was about 9 years old. Now whenever I use it, I can still feel his hands on mine, helping me turn it and keep it straight, guiding the auger bit into the hole. “Use your senses son” he would say. “Look, listen and feel the bit as it cuts. It will speak to you.”

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#35 posted 06-20-2011 11:36 PM

Thanks for that, Brit.

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#36 posted 06-20-2011 11:47 PM

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#37 posted 06-21-2011 12:42 AM

Since I am here in Paris I can’t take photos of my drill gear…
But you can have this picture of my newest pride, I bought this last week of E-bay and still hope it will come here before I go back to Denmark, so it can be a new member of the MaFe vintage club.
I have been looking a long time for one of these but they were always sold at some prices that was way off what I was ready to pay.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#39 posted 06-21-2011 12:57 AM

The first one is a real beauty!

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

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#40 posted 06-21-2011 02:47 AM

Here ya go…. Will go fast.

http://cgi.ebay.com/69-Vtg-Brace-Bits-Russell-Jennings-Greenlee-Hand-Drill-/200622433380?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb6076464

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#41 posted 06-21-2011 11:41 AM

That is a really good buy, sad I have a ton of bits and a few braces…
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#42 posted 06-21-2011 03:13 PM

very nicde drill Mads :-)

Dennis

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#43 posted 06-21-2011 04:15 PM

Just took a tour on my hard disk and look what I found:


An old brace with metal handle, notice the beautiful bit.


And one with a wood handle I gave it since it came without.
In the back a bog of bits (Japanese tool box design).


Here when I bought them, so I am quite loaded with bits…

More when I return.

Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#44 posted 06-21-2011 04:16 PM

Andy, my favorite is the small one, it’s really cool.
Mads

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

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#45 posted 06-21-2011 04:25 PM

With that, I am going to have to get out the camera and take some pics of my collection. I love using braces and augers. When the bit is sharp, it is an amazingly easy and efficient way to make a hole in wood. In addition, I like using a small brace with a screwdriver bit for driving screws. It is quick and has much less danger of stripping than using a cordless electric drill. In this same category, I would include the automatic drills and the Yankee Screwdrivers. When I get down to the shop and take some pics, I will post some photos of my collection of those type tools as well.

Doc

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

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#46 posted 06-21-2011 04:31 PM

Here is an example of a Miller Falls restore….

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/24266

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#47 posted 06-21-2011 05:09 PM

Here we Go with mine

Drills

Drivers

Hope you enjoy

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#48 posted 06-21-2011 06:07 PM

I can see you are loaded too with future project´s Daddy :-)

Dennis

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#49 posted 06-21-2011 06:21 PM

I have an old Millers Falls brace from the early 50’s in perfect condition. I still use it now and then when I have to bore a hole with an expansive bit. Sorry I can’t post a picture; my camera quit.

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#50 posted 06-21-2011 06:25 PM

Dennis – Yes, Not enough hours in the day !

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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