So, I thought that this week I'd explain how one of these beautiful tools actually works! It can take a little bit of getting used to, but once you get the rhythm it really is like riding a bike - once you've got it you never forget! One of the reasons that I like this drill so much is that you only need one hand to work it, the other is free to hold your work still.
- Firstly, no matter what type of drill you use it is always good to mark where you want the hole with a centre punch so that the drill bit doesn't slip.
- Place the drill bit in the mark, hold onto the metal shaft and spin the wooden handle to wind the string around the shaft - it doesn't matter which direction.
- Place two fingers on the wooden handle either side of the shaft so that they are also holding the shaft still. Move the other hand to hold you work.
- Push the wooden handle down gently and the drill shaft will spin. When the handle reaches the bottom it will begin to rise back up the shaft, so allow your hand to rise with it before pushing back down when the handle has returned to the top. You want to let your hand "bounce" back up - if you put too much pressure on the handle it will stop once it reaches the bottom. This is the bit that takes the practice, but you will soon find a smooth flowing action and the drill will build up speed as you work.
I'd love to know - what is the oldest tool that you have?