17 Nov Lee Valley Replica Egg-Beater Drill
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for a serious woodworker? Lee valley has a catalog full of them, but this really caught our eye. Named for the bevel gear mechanism they share with the kitchen implement, egg-beater drills allow precision and control that make them well suited for small and delicate work. This replica (Item 15N1001, $99) is closely based on the collectible Whitney patent drill originally produced near the end of the 19th century (shown in the background in the small inset picture). A relatively small drill, it excels at pre-drilling for screws and other light-duty tasks. Like many tools of the time, the original had intricate hand-painted decoration that Lee Valley has chosen to cast into the tool; the new owner can detail them with paint or colored lacquer if he/she would like to highlight the vintage aesthetic. Two collets are included – one that accepts drill bits from 1/64″ to 3/64″ and the other drill bits from 1/16″ to 3/32″. The drill is made of a tough zinc-aluminum alloy with a black powder-coat finish, with a stainless-steel chuck and collets, and a wooden crank handle.