Picture of Old school hand drill overhaul.
This instructable hopes to inspire the voltage-heads out there to acquire a lo-tech backup for li-ion, ni-cad technology and then bring it up to a serviceable level. You never know - you may find that you use it more and more and electric drills less and less.
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't be without my cordless mini-drill. Its unbranded mains voltage cousin is handy too. Both are very essential, but I discovered that sometimes it's just quicker to reach for the hand drill, put one in the chuck and start working, no hunting for chuck keys or spanners, digging out the charger and having to wait three hours etc.

The solution: Trawl the secondhand / junk / charity / goodwill shops / garage / yard sales / boot fairs for a hand drill, aka an egg-beater drill.

When choosing your drill make sure it is complete, especially the chuck jaws and springs, if anything is missing here - move on, re-manufacturing missing parts is waaaay beyond the scope of this ibble!
Check for cracks in the castings, these things have probably hit the deck a few times in their lives.
If you haven't already done so, try and give it a turn and check to see if the spindle is out of true, again move-on if there's any hint of wobble.
orrinson62 years ago
Tres cool-I am missing the chuck for my old Stanley and the replacements I purchased were all the wrong size. Any suggestions?
barclayVT2 years ago
I'm going through all of my dad's ancient handtools, stored for decades in the barn. This was very helpful, as I'd like to put them back in action!
bosherston (author)  barclayVT2 years ago
Yes! Yes,yes,yes. A marvellous course of action and please don't forget to post pictures of what you find - an Instructable too maybe?
If you find anything that gets you scratching your head as to what it could be, there's plenty of folk here who'd be glad to help - me included. Best of luck with saving the tools,

Mr.Sanchez2 years ago
Tools Up !! Hand Drills Rules over technology.I got one and its so usefull.
bigpig4 years ago
Just stumbled upon your ible. I have many old tools and use them all as well as my new toys. I commend you on your restoration and the fact that you did not sand blast or paint it. The value and function of a tool such as yours would be greatly reduced. I hope you get a lifetime of use out of it!
LeOSSJ24 years ago

I have a small hand drill like yours, but, it's even simpler than the one you have.
But my cuestion is...
Could i put some oil into the chuck for it to work smoother, without disassembling it?

Thanks for reading and anwering!
bosherston (author)  LeOSSJ24 years ago
Sure give it a go ~ maybe use a can of spray oil WD40 to wash out any crud?

( Arghhh! my eyes! , my eyes! )

Thanks for reading and asking!

sharlston5 years ago
that multi purpouse oil iis from wiliksons right?? ive got some and when its empty i unscrew the top and fill it with motor oil
sharlston5 years ago
how did you remove your chuck?
bosherston (author)  sharlston5 years ago
Turn the chuck as if you were opening it up for the largest diameter drill bit it can take, but just keep on turning, it'll unscrew and come away, take care to keep all the bits that fall out safe.
did it take much force?
bosherston (author)  sharlston5 years ago
Nope, just winds off. Can you show some pics of the chuck? I'm wondering maybe it's a different mechanism to the Stanley.
i managed to get it off by putting a allen wrench into the chuck and hitting it with a  hammer it came off it sounds like yours needs tightening up
ok ill post them tonight is yours a stanly? and also its a keyless chuck and mine is not so that might be it
twocvbloke6 years ago
I bought myself a hand drill this week off the market, a second hand one made by Footprint, when I got it, the thing was stiff, and the upper handle (doesn't have a side one) was split, but with a little grease on the crank, oil on the rotating parts and a quick and cheap replacement handle (lump of wood cut to size, drilled an 8mm hole in it, sanded it smooth, put it on!!!) and it works perfectly, no batteries to charge, no wires to fiddle with, it just works, so long as my arms aren't aching... :D
footprint is it blue?
Yep, sort of a sky blue... :)
maybe its the same as mine how big does the chuck open?mines 5/16 and its made by jacobs
Not sure, haven't measured it, only used it with small bits... :)
it should say on the chcuk
bosherston (author)  twocvbloke6 years ago
Good work fella, go and make holes far, far away from electricity outlets :) (I've only managed the allotment shed so far)
Though I have some masonry bits, I have no intention of trying to drill a wall with a hand drill!!! :D Still, makes light work of things, though I do have a drill attachment for my Kirby, it's quite fiddly, but that also a polisher, sander, buffer, and a vacuum of course!!! :P
bosherston (author)  twocvbloke6 years ago
Convert the Kirby to Big Spring And Flywheel™ clockwork, and you're laughing even more.
OMG I just googled Kirby, they really do have a drill attachment! Dyson eat your heart out.
Nah, I could never do that to a Kirby, mainly cos I have no clue how to, but also cos their too close to my heart... :D And yep, since about the 60s to the 80s, Kirbys had the option of the "Handi-Butler" kit, very handy it is too, might go get it out and finish off my new drill handle... :D
Derin6 years ago
By "I don't have any old toothbroshes" I mean "I don't have any old toothbroshes"
sharlston Derin5 years ago
just youse the one your using now
sharlston5 years ago
3 mi n1 oil works good and how did you get the big crank gear off i cant seem to get it to budge
bosherston (author)  sharlston5 years ago
Once you undo the screw holding the handle onto the cog it slides quite easily off of the pivot spigot, that's all that's holding mine together.
8bit6 years ago
Or you could just save yourself the trouble and let me have it.
bosherston (author)  8bit6 years ago
Keep checking the yard sales :)
zzoe6 years ago
Nicely done. I love (and love to lovingly restore) old hand tools. Very nice inst'able. I would like to recommend something, however. By way of being 'green', and also for practicality and safety - Try food-grade walnut oil instead of linseed. At least in the U.S., linseed oil usually has toxic additives, whereas walnut oil doesn't, and not only that, it is such an excellent drying oil that many luthiers prefer it... and the wood itself seems to really adore it. Good for us, god for the planet, good for the wood. Finally, looking up, i can't help but see the aesthetic contrast between the hand tool, restored by hand, and the more mass-produced cordless mini. I know the latter is a good tool, but, there can be no contest, really... Cheers.
bosherston (author)  zzoe6 years ago
Thanks for the praise, thanks again for your recommendation I'll add it to step 1. My next tool for resurrection is an old jack plane and I'll give walnut oil a try.
fritsie1236 years ago
I know you weren't going for looks, but I still think sandblasting the metal and a new powdercoat would be a real improvement. Then again, that might be a tad overdoing things... :-)
bosherston (author)  fritsie1236 years ago
Yeah, this sort of thing is usually a matter of personal taste and the argument goes back and forth about how far you should take old tool renovation. As it was for a competition requiring a green twist I couldn't justify going overboard on the finish. Now when it comes to a classic vehicle....... :)
hedgiehog6 years ago
i love my old drill, i got it at a garage sale for 50cents, works fine
bosherston (author)  hedgiehog6 years ago
Na ya see you have to put up a picture of the drill. Otherwise how do we know for sure?
nachosyumm6 years ago
Yeah, i have one like that too, except its already in great condition. I like to use it for times when an electric drill is just too much =)
bosherston (author)  nachosyumm6 years ago