Old-school hand tools always make us smile, and not just because they have a lot of history behind them — they do — or because they’re fun to use — they are — but because often they can help you out when modern technology leaves you a bit stumped. Take for example this hand drill or “brace”, as they’re sometimes known. Though old, it’ll still come in handy when you need to drill a prefect hole slowly.
The hand drill has been around since before electricity and can still hold its own. It’s simple — position the bit, hold it steady, and turn the crank. Woodcrafters have been doing it for years and probably won’t stop anytime soon. The hand drill offers the advantage of letting you go as slow as you’d like, which can be difficult with modern power drills.
The good news: You can find these pretty easily on the Net. A hand drill like this one runs around $30 and, if taken care of properly, will outlast you.