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Forum topic by drewpy posted 11-04-2014 02:41 AM 976 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2014 02:41 AM

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All, I am wanting to make a simple plant stand and use nothing but hand tools (No power). I figured I would use a mortise and tenon joint. I want to drill the mortise before I break out the chisels.

My questions is, what type of old/new hand drill should I look for? Egg Beater vs Bit Brace (sorry if I have my terms incorrect)? Is there one style that helps you keep a steady hand better?

This is one of the first ones I noticed and that made me realize I should ask all you kind folks for advice before I do anything.

Link to one on Ebay:

I would like to only spend $30-$40.

Any help/opinions would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 11-04-2014 04:41 AM

Eggbearters (all I had for many years) spin the drill fast but with little torque. So the size and depth of your mortise come into play. I’m leaning toward the brace for your task. Having sharp augers will make a big difference. Keeping the bit vertical is always a challenge. It’s possible to make a jig to help you maintain verticality. It’s one of the reasons for drill presses.

Which—hey!—gives me an idea, if you want to stick with hand tools. Find an old post drill (so called, I think, because they typically were bolted to a post in the basement). They are essentially a hand cranked drill press. They have an automatic bit feed so all you have to do is turn the crank. Builds muscle.

Stay away from antique stores for this, as they will be overpriced.

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 12:57 PM

What type of bits do you already have? How big of holes will you be drilling? I use an eggbeater for holes less than 1/4”, brace and auger bits for larger holes, and a post drill for drilling straight or through metal. If you already have auger bits, a brace can be found for $10 or less. You can even get braces with a set of bits for your price range on ebay. Chris Schwarz wrote a blog about making a jig for drilling straight with a brace. . Also, it is easier to keep things straight drilling halfway through from both sides, bits can drift in a drill press too.

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#3 posted 11-05-2014 01:23 AM

If you don’t mind some cleanup, I’ve got a few listed,

If you want me to do the restores, just send me a message.

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