Not exactly a woodworking project, but...

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Project by SST posted 08-20-2007 08:42 PM 3988 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here’s a couple photos of my latest project. It’s not much of a woodworking job, but it’s part of a greater goal, so I’m posting it as a start.
I just finished a little restoration project on a Millers Falls #2 hand drill. I always seem to forget to take “before” photos. I had to turn the small handle opposite the crank that was missing, and refinished the metal parts and the wood parts as well. I found that Varathane #257 Cabernet stain applied after the handles had been stripped and then several spray coats of a clear lacquer finish gave it a look reminiscent of the original rosewood finish. (or at least what I perceive that look to be).

The greater goal…thanks for asking… is to accumulate a small but practical cache of traditional hand tools including things like planes, saws, drills, chisels, spokeshaves, etc, for which I plan to build a traveling tool box (Google “H O Studley tool box” for inspiration…if you haven’t seen this masterpiece, you will want to).
My box won’t be as fancy or as well stocked, but one needs a goal…right??? That way, I can do some woodworking “therapy work” at the lake place on weekends. (Easier that lugging around my old shopsmith)
The next thing I’d like to tackle is the box, but I’m still playing with the design, size, wood type(s), etc.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 08-20-2007 09:04 PM

Very nice….what a great long term project. You and Wayne are going to get me in trouble. The wife is wondering about my sudden interest in yard sales and flea markets….:)

The Studley tool chest is a masterpiece. I don’t think you could pick one better to use as inspiration.

-- Bob

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#2 posted 08-20-2007 09:08 PM

Nice cordless drill – don’t even have to recharge the battery!

Excellent restoration!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 08-20-2007 09:11 PM

Yes one of the original cordless drill. Nice restoration.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 08-20-2007 11:12 PM

nice job. can’t wait to see the rest

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 08-20-2007 11:27 PM

But what’s that big red thing on the side do? Actually, a man after my own heart. Rebuilding and refinishing tools is one of the projects I really enjoy taking on. I only wish I could do it more often.

Nice job.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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Greg Mitchell

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#6 posted 08-21-2007 12:28 AM

Nice job on the restoration. I’ve got one of use that was given to me a long time ago. Great job!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#7 posted 08-21-2007 12:33 AM

Very very nice SST. I love the old Millers Falls and North Bros Drills. I have similar goals of getting a tool cabinet full of classic hand tools. Looking forward to seeing the results of your efforts.

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

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#8 posted 08-21-2007 01:50 AM

Thats cools look my dad had one of the these when I was a little kid, it was the first drill that I ever used.

-- Jeff B.

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#9 posted 08-21-2007 02:18 PM

looks like a woodworking project to me!

be careful where you work while away—- first thing you know, someone will see you and then you’ll be fixing and building, and building and fixing!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 08-21-2007 09:26 PM

Yet, another inspiration! I have one of these up on a shelf that I found at a local thift store. I’ll need to get it down and clean it up!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#11 posted 07-23-2008 04:36 PM

I have one of these also and I ( or someone ) need to make an end cap for it to retain the drill bits , but I had no idea what shape it should be until I saw yours : ) Thank you very much …now all I have to do is figure out how to make the threads on the cap to match the existing ones in the handle !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 11-12-2009 08:26 AM

Looks Nice, I think I have a egg beater like that around here somewhere ?? makes me want to clean up mine if I can find it.

-- [email protected]

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#13 posted 02-03-2013 03:20 PM

That was one of my favorite tools my dad had hanging in his shop

-- Cosmicturner

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#14 posted 02-03-2013 03:25 PM

I love to see people restoring the old tools. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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