Pump drill, drill press. Anyone know about this awesome tool?

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Forum topic by weedeater64 posted 05-16-2018 03:14 AM 1030 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2018 03:14 AM

I’ve seen and even once made a pump drill for fire starting. I never used it as a drill. Been watching quite a few woodworking videos lately, a fair share of Japanese and other hand tool vids in particular.

I’ve never seen this, but very much want to make one if I can figure out one how it works. As I said, I get the pump drill part, what I don’t get is how this one is being raised and lowered as a drill press.

Shown at about 01:15 in this video.

Can anyone shed some light on this very cool tool?

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#1 posted 05-16-2018 05:01 AM

He is probably lifting the shaft the same way that he is lifting the whole drill at this point (4:42):

He is just grabbing the shaft with his fingers and lifting.

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#2 posted 05-16-2018 06:03 AM

I think he’s grabbing it between his fingers to
plunge. He probably has calluses from doing it.
An infrequent user might clamp the work and
push on the cylinder but he’s a pro who does it
all day. The cylinder may be a dense hardwood
for weight.

It may be a spoon bit. I had some push drills
and they used them. Try to get some if you want
to fool around with this sort of tool.

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#3 posted 05-16-2018 01:33 PM

If you stop the video at 1:17 you will see that the shaft is loosely held in place via what looks to be metal grommets. This allows the shaft to move vertically … at least to the point of the rope attachment. The shaft itself may also be metal. I would think if was wood there would be no need for the grommets … just some wax in the bored hole.

The bit appears to be a normal twist bit.

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#4 posted 05-17-2018 01:35 PM

...I ve never seen this, but very much want to make one if I can figure out one how it works.
- weedeater64

If you make one, write it up as a project. I’d love to see how you do it.

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#5 posted 05-17-2018 03:29 PM

There are brunch s of plans, images and even kit if you use Google.

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