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Vintage drills of your dreams

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Bertha

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#1 posted 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

not pretty like yours Al but they makes some pretty holes

-- The confused powertool using galoot

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#3 posted 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

I’ll get my pics up soon.

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

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#6 posted 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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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neandernormite

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#8 posted 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

: ^ (

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

Nice collection.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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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#17 posted 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

-- 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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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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mafe

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#29 posted 1135 days ago

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

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

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Bertha

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#30 posted 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

Nice set going there Dennis !!!

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

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#33 posted 1135 days ago

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 1135 days ago

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 1134 days ago

Thanks for that, Brit.

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#37 posted 1134 days ago

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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#38 posted 1134 days ago

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#39 posted 1134 days ago

The first one is a real beauty!

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

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#40 posted 1134 days ago

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 1134 days ago

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 1134 days ago

very nicde drill Mads :-)

Dennis

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#43 posted 1134 days ago

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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mafe

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#44 posted 1134 days ago

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 1134 days ago

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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WayneC

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#46 posted 1134 days ago

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 1134 days ago

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 1134 days ago

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

Dennis

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#49 posted 1134 days ago

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 1134 days ago

Dennis – Yes, Not enough hours in the day !

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

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