My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #374: My Turn for a Tool Gloat

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-18-2011 11:23 AM 5142 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday I had some errands to run. On the way home, we saw that our lumber yard and hardware place was having its annual yard sale this weekend. In the past, we have found some OK bargains there. Lots of what was on sale was stuff that we didn’t find very useful, but once in a while there was something good there. In any case, we figured it was worth it to stop by and take a look.

They had a tent that had a variety of smaller tools on sale. There were a couple of drill presses – one floor model and a table top one – that were a bit better than the one I had now. It would have been nice with Keith’s new found hobby of pen turning to have a much bigger one, but with the limited amount of space we have here, we talked it over and decided to pass on it. Besides, we had other ideas as far as drill presses were concerned.

What I did find was a great deal on a set of drill bits. Now I have a really good set of brad bits from Lee Valley that I have had for several years and use constantly and I also have a decent set of some high speed regular bits that has also served me well. I keep both sets in good shape and I am not missing any bits from either. So why, you may ask, did I purchase this set?

Because it really is quite cool!

It cost me only $55 and consisted of the following:

A sturdy carrying and storage case for everything. . .

In the top section, there are all kinds of masonry bits, spade bits, countersinks and some nail sets:

The middle section contains a large variety of titanium coated high speed bits and also a large variety of screw driver bits to use with our cordless drill.

What I like about the drill bits is that instead of them all being different sizes, there are up to 3 or 4 of each size. This way if you lose or break one, or if it loses its edge, you still have spares. The variety of sizes is pretty much standard so you aren’t getting a lot of odd sizes that aren’t normally used. This makes more sense to me for my purposes.

The bottom section contains a huge selection of regular bits, and also a huge selection of brad point bits. Again, there are many of the same bits in standard sizes.

Overall, it is a candy store of bits and a great set. I realize that it probably isn’t the absolute highest quality set you can buy, but for someone like me I think it is pretty cool. Since I am not a contractor and am pretty easy on my stuff, they should do a fine job for me. Considering a couple of weeks ago, I spent $25 on an EMPTY storage case of this size that isn’t nearly as strong, and that my small bits cost me about $5 for two bits, I am certain I will get my $55 worth out of this set.

Those of you who read regularly know that I love being organized and it is really awesome for me to have everything I need for drilling in one compact case. I am just thrilled with my acquisition! (I suppose it doesn’t take much to make me happy!)

We spent the rest of the day working on the new stuff and making plans for getting the drill press in order. We have some good ideas for working Keith’s dad’s drill press into our little shop area. His dad just retired a couple of months ago and we are thinking of swapping with him for our smaller press, as he won’t be needing his heavier duty one anymore. But I will keep you up to date on that later.

I hope you liked seeing my silly tool gloat. It is a great find and I am sure I will have years of fun using it.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 06-18-2011 11:51 AM

Nice find !
Though it may seem like an overkill of bits, there will be a day you need a particular one.
Like how often do you drill concrete ? Doesn’t matter….if you ever need to you have the bit.
I think this set is going to come in handy for you, congratulations !


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#2 posted 06-18-2011 11:56 AM

In regards to the concrete drilling – I know chances are slim – but I’ll be ready! LOL Most of the other things I will use I think. It is kind of like a socket wrench set. Does anyone (other than a mechanic) use every single size? It sure is fun to be ‘ready for action’ though! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 06-18-2011 01:39 PM

I seen a t-shirt once that says “the one with the most tools, wins” :) and … yes it may take years, but, you will use every single tool in that box for somethin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 06-18-2011 03:06 PM

Wow… I own more bits than I ever need, but I have to admit, I’d be tempted to buy that, too! What a great find.


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#5 posted 06-18-2011 03:27 PM

Congratulations on your find, Sheila! Isn’t that ride home just a little sweeter with the new tool (or tool set) in the trunk?

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#6 posted 06-18-2011 04:33 PM

Lisa is right, I remember the sense of panic when I needed a 3/4” bit for making the drum sander, being almost exclusively metric these days (and for all the smart ones out there I do realise that 3/4” is 19.05mm but I only have even mm sizes). I was only relieved when I remembered my old Imperial bit stash. You can never have enough drill bits. They only break when the stores are closed!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 06-18-2011 06:43 PM

Nice grab!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#8 posted 06-19-2011 01:41 AM

Drill bits and drill accessorries to a scroller are like clamps to any wood worker, there is no such thing as too many. I have a set of bits and accessorries that I got a couple of years for something (birthday I think it was). At the time, I didn’t figure I’d ever need all those bits. I can’t tell you the times I have gone to it though for odd sizes that if it hadn’t been for that big set, I’d have been making a special trip to town for a single bit. For example, some of you may remember me building the trebuchet before Christmas. The only metal stock I was able to find for the axles was a 7/16”. The only 7/16” bit I had in the shop was in that large set.
As for the concrete bit, I was sure I’d never need the ones in my set either. Since that time I have used two of those as well. The hinge part of the hasp that locks the large doors of my shop are attached to the wall into cynder blocks. When they stripped out after someone tried breaking into my shop, I went to and got large bolts that go all the way though the wall. Then I drilled the holes with those concrete bits and bolted the hasp back to the wall and welded the nut onto the bolts. The only way they’re breaking into my shop now is to break out the entire wall itself.
Good find Sheila. What I do with mine is replace the bits as they break. You’re a scroller. You know you’re going to break some of the smaller bits in time. As it goes though, it’s easy later to determine the bits that will get used up. When you’re in town sometime, pick up a couple of extras. This keeps all your bits full and in one place. I do this and now that big set that my family got me is my go to set for any drilling needs I may have. I keep mine near my drill press.


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#9 posted 06-19-2011 12:17 PM

Yes, I actually liked the fact that there were several bits of each size. That way if one gets damaged or lost, there are spares. It feels good to have a nice set like this at hand – especially for the price!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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