Last week Sue and I went out for a meal in a little village called Alcester, on the way back we visited a large National Trust Dovecote and a small antiques centre. The antiques store has some old aircraft and aviation books but what caught me eye was a box of old tools. This Archimedes Drill was one of those tools.
When I picked it up it was rusted solid and would not move, but by the time I had got it to the till and enquired of the price I had some movement. The drill cost me just £1.00 and as Sue paid, well even better!
When I got home, I used a wire brush and some wire wool to remove the rust. and wiped the whole drill with some three-in-one oil. I can now report that the drill works perfectly.
When cleaning it up I found that it was branded Hobbies - a very old name in the model boat building industry. In fact I'm sure my Father had a similar drill when he built model boats in bottles.
Even after cleaning and oiling, the drill has a fantastic patina.
The drill works by moving the metal collet up and down, this transfers the action to the drill bit which moves first clockwise and then anti-clockwise and bores the hole. It is a very precise drill as the action is slow and less intense than an electric or modern twist bit drill.
I get a great thrill from finding such tools and bringing them back to life. Even better if I know they can be useful to me when model making.