Boring

Eggbeater Drills: Beaters and Beyond

Reader Aaron Cashion writes: “Watched your DVD about drawboring today after reading your ‘Workbenches’ book. Really enjoyed both. I had never heard of drawboring, and this will defintely be going into my arsenal. Where can I get a good eggbeater style hand drill? Are there new quality ones being made or should I go...

Book Review: 'The Perfect Edge' by Ron Hock

In the interest of full disclosure, the following book , “The Perfect Edge” , is being published by my parent company, F+W Media. Also, I consider the author, Ron Hock, a good friend. Oh, and once I got on stage and shook it with a belly dancer in Greece after too many grape leaves...

Boring: The Movie!

As you might remember, we have a bit of a competition going among some of the women attending the Woodworking in America conference this week. Megan Fitzpatrick, Heather Griffin (one of the conference organizers) and Kari Hultman from the blog The Village Carpenter are all vying to be the best borer. As a result,...

Woodworking in America: The First Boring Catfight

I mean, who doesn’t like a good girl fight? In high school, fights among the boys were boring. Lots of posturing. Maybe some shoving. At best they might clasp into some Greco-Roman grip that would immobilize both of them for up to five minutes. Yawn. Give me Heather “Cat Food” Barker vs. Tammy “Runs...

Another Stunning Drill from Wiktor Kuc

For those of us who buy old tools, one of the fantasies involves time travel. Wouldn’t it be cool to walk into a hardware store in the late 19th century and buy a new Stanley Bed Rock plane off the shelf? Or how about an entire set of chisels from James Swan? Until we...

The Bosch 10.8v I-Driver. Dang.

Today I’m abandoning a prototype design I’ve been working on this week between bouts of tending our gerund farm. I’d like to have a Viking funeral for this little end table, but I’m sure the fire inspector would scowl. Despite the failed design, the experience hasn’t been a total loss. While Senior Editor Robert...

Better than New: Restored Eggbeater Drills

The best hand drills ever made came out of the Millers Falls factory in the first half of the 20th century. While many people used these drills for boring holes in metal, the tools proved remarkably adept at becoming the first generation of cordless drills for woodworking. These drills are today called eggbeater drills...