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Forum topic by dozuki posted 12-29-2011 05:33 AM 1052 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2011 05:33 AM

I am trying to refurbish this drill for a friend of mine as a late christmas present and am wondering how I can fix the “collar” on this. I hope you can see the crack where the handle joins the mechanism. Thanks for your help.

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 05:35 AM

Sorry i missed a step in posting the photo so here it is. Thanks again

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 06:12 AM

That is a tough one. I think I would try to remove the handle. It looks like it has a threaded rod or bolt that holds it on. If you can get to the this end of the handle I think I would loot at a small piece of very thin brass tubing or maybe copper tubing that would fit this. The copper or brass can be heated in a conventional baking oven and it will slip over this and tighten provided it is small enough it doesn’t fall off in the beginning. It needs to be a size that will almost go on in the beginning. Then you could sand this down and polish it a bit to dress it up. This is mostly cosmetic anyway. I don’t think you will ever replace it unless you can replace the entire handle. I made some Christmas ornaments and used brass ferrules like this but I was turning the end of the ornament to fit the ferrule. All I can think of right now.

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 06:14 AM

I’m thinking “duct tape” is the wrong answer!

The crack could be welded and then ground & filed smooth. What is the metal? Aluminium, cast metal? I would think that a good welder should be able to handle it.

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 09:22 AM

It’s an old drill, right? That’s a cosmetic problem, and adds interest. You would do more damage than good trying to fix it. Leave it be. Happy New Year.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#5 posted 12-29-2011 06:53 PM

Thanks for your replies. I’m thinking that I might just clean it up and leave it and just call it “character”. Or maybe I could find another old junker with a good handle to replace the cracked one.
Thanks again.

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 07:28 PM

Wrap it with wire.

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#7 posted 12-29-2011 07:36 PM

That looks like nickle plated brass. I would try silver solder or my new toy, Alumiweld. If those don’t work, you might try brazing some bronze rod into it, then coat with a layer of Alumiweld or Silver Solder.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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