Hand tools from Lee Valley

Lee Valley Offers a Couple of Familiar Tools

A number of drill manufacturers over the years have developed right-angle chucks that let a woodworker drill in awkward spots, such as running wiring between studs. And many of us remember our grandfathers sawing along the length of a board with a handsaw. Lee Valley has updated both of those tools by adding new versions to its catalog.

First up is the Milescraft 90 Degree Drilling Attachment (item 46J8203, listed at $21.50), which is a practical solution for anyone who needs to use a drill in an awkward-to-access location, such as inside a cabinet or in a tight corner. The 7-1/4″ long drill attachment is 4″ wide from the back to the bit holder and it allows one to drill holes and install fasteners at 90 degrees to the axis of a drill. The 4-1/4″ long side handle is reversible, allowing for a secure grip with either hand – especially when using a larger bit. It attaches to any standard drill that has a 1/4″ shank. While it may not be needed every day, it’s great to have on hand when the need arises. There’s a plastic-sleeved 3/8″ keyless chuck for quick bit changes, and the attachment weighs 1.3 lbs.

The other new addition to the catalog is the Pax 26″ Rip Saw (item 33T0805, $125). First developed in 1776, Pax handsaws have a reputation for quality and performance. The alloy-steel blades are taper ground and breasted to reduce binding, and the teeth are hand-set and sharpened. The long blade is ideal for ripping along the grain of a board, and that length helps keep the blade fully engaged when working with thick stock. “A pleasure to use,” the website says, “this is a professional-quality saw”.