Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Drilling/Boring Tool Panel

Time is funny. Just the other day I was thinking, "You know, I really ought to upgrade my drilling/boring tool panel like I did to the saw panel a few months ago." Turns out it's been almost 11 months! What?! Where did that time go? Deja-vu - I think I've said this before...

Well, regardless of my lack of time reality, the idea was a good one. The drilling/boring panel was one of two pegboard panels still hanging on in the shop (yes, intended). It was time to convert it to something that not only works, but makes me happy when I look at it. (Don't get me wrong, I don't hate pegboard, but it just doesn't satisfy me at some level.)

Here's the before shot:

Besides making it look nicer, I wanted to expand the amount of storage to include new tools (some of which don't technically meet minimum "drilling/boring" requirements - oh well, I'll deal). The new panel would be slightly wider, and a good bit longer.

Construction-wise, I followed the same process as with the saw panel, with only one difference. I used a nice set of Sandusky Tool wooden match planes that were designed for the thickness of wood I was working with (3/4"). This let me avoid dealing with the "second tongue" effect that the Stanley #49 created, while at the same time leaving the tongue offset enough for beading the front edge, unlike the Stanley #48. Hmm - I guess progress isn't always progress is it?

And here is the final result:

I think it would look even better if I had the time to make all new shelves and holders, rather than just modifying the old ones (I did add one "new" shelf, but it was just a left-over from another part of the shop overhaul). Maybe later...

That just leaves on last pegboard panel in the shop, and I'll get to that soon. Soon as in next November?


  1. Dan,

    The two auger handles caught my eye right away. I think one is a ratcheting handle - both could be Millers Falls.
    My question: do those handles accept the regular brace auger bits/ only the larger ones, or do they require special size bits?
    By the way thanks for confirming my suggestion that the mystery tool was a haft wrench. I wasn't sure myself. I have a stitching haft but never used a specialized wrench to tighten it but it makes sense that people who used the stitching tools heavily would want a good wrench for changing/replacing needles or awls.


  2. Dan, I do hate peg board and have pulled mine down. Slowly, I will arrange everything to a much nicer much more user friendly space. Thanks for the blog.

  3. Alfred - I'm pretty sure they will work with the whole range, but I don't think I've ever tried them all. I'll check it out and do a post.

    You're welcome, thanks for solving the mystery!

    Mokusakusensei - You're welcome - good luck with your own upgrade.

  4. Sorry, Dan, but all I could get from your photos is that it IS indeed OK to own a Millers Falls #2, a Millers Falls #3, and a Goodall-Pratt #5 without remorse.

  5. I haven't seen hand drills like that for awhile, nice job, looks really clean and organized.


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