Tool Drool Ep. 1, Drills

2018 is my year of woodworking, and I’ll admit, it’s not so much about the wood, but the tools. I love tools.

Bosch PS32 cordless drill

For no good reason I was browsing drills over at Amazon and found this beauty. It’s a Bosch PS32. What I like about it most, is the small size and light weight. The battery is mostly embedded in the handle, making the drill more compact compared to other cordless drills that typically have large batteries hanging off the end. It also has a charge-indicator as well, which my current drill lacks. Of course, it’s a higher-end drill and has a price tag to match, so I can’t justify a buy at this time, but it’s definitely on my wishlist.

 

Black + Decker cordless drill

This is my current drill, a Black + Decker, purchased because of its price. It’s definitely a capable drill and performs perfectly fine. I don’t even charge it that often. Back in the day cordless drills sucked, the batteries couldn’t retain their charge over long periods of inactivity, took overnight to charge, and were very bulky. This drill is always ready to go and charges quickly. My one complaint is the tiny LED light, it could do better at illuminating the drilling area.

 

Hand Drill

And this is my Stanley hand drill — when I was a kid I found it in my father’s older toolbox, he never used it so one day I moved it into my toolbox. I probably asked him first. I do like using it, it’s very smooth and doesn’t overdo it like the motorized drills can. Besides speed and power, the main drawback is that it requires two hands to operate.

 

Schroeder Hand Drill

This one is a smaller hand drill, and it’s on my wishlist just because I like hand drills and wanted a backup for my old Stanley should the need arise. But for fine, delicate work, this would be a good guy to have.

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Odyssey of the Wood

It was almost Christmas, my wife mentioned that she needed a bookcase to organize a basket full of loose books in the living room. I had some time and some wood laying around, so I began to build. The wood was left over from previous woodworking projects, so just a random assortment. We’re not talking 2×8 rough-cut planks here, we’re talking small 3/4″ square-dowel-like pieces for the legs mixed with some 1/4″ thick by 4″ to 6″ wide boards tying them together, and luckily I had a short 1×10 plank for actual shelves (and some dowels for the bottom).

There’s no wood-shop by the way, just the floor in my office. I usually pick-up wood at Lowes since they have an aisle full of “appearance quality” wood with various sizes to choose from.

I actually had a pretty frustrating time assembling the shelf, although I was somewhat pleased with the final product considering the limitations of materials I had to work with. I was so frustrated in fact, that I had the feeling I was DONE with woodworking after this project, that it just wasn’t for me. And, I was ready to give up on tools in general. But after the bookcase was completed, I started thinking about how things went so poorly because I didn’t have the right tools for the job.

Bookcase

Then a revelation: I didn’t need less tools, I needed MORE tools!! Of course! As someone that grew up watching This Old House, The New Yankee Workshop, The Woodwright’s Shop, and as someone that wanders tool aisles with candy-store caliber delight, I couldn’t give up on tools. And so, I resolved to make this upcoming year, a year of woodworking.

I’m still a small-project kinda guy, so no power tools beyond a cordless drill (although sometimes I even opt to use my Stanley hand-powered-drill instead). For cutting I use Japanese pull-saws — so quiet and quick. I had the idea that I should bootstrap my woodworking by selling completed pieces on Etsy in order to pay for more tools and wood. But since it was Christmas, I received some cash-presents from family and used that instead. I still have to commercialize in some form to keep it rolling, I think — well we’ll see.

I’m writing right now because I’m waiting for some tools to arrive today. This is my latest piece, a shelf.

Shelf