While many people get warm and wet feelings about their smoothing planes, I have those emotions about my hand drill.
Maybe it’s because I use a hand drill almost daily for nails and screws, especially after building a ton of campaign furniture with all the inset brasses.
So this summer I gave away my hand drill to a friend who didn’t have one and thought: “I’ll just buy another on eBay. They are so common.”
They are common, but I got snookered four times. On all four of the drills the chuck was messed up in one of the following three ways:
- The jaws had been abused so they would not close tightly on a small bit.
- The jaws were missing springs. And replacing the springs turned out to be an adventure in spring purchasing. And even with working springs, I encountered problem No. 1 above.
- The jaws closed tightly and had their springs, but there was so much runout that the drill was unusable.