Way before electricity and power tools, woodworkers were drilling holes with hand-powered tools like the breast drill. Skipping over the obvious 7th-grade jokes, old-timers once reached for this drill to get a good start and a clean hole.
This breast drill can handle a bit with a shank up to 5/16″. You operate the drill with both hands, resting the pillow-end — and we use that term loosely since it more closely resembles a gun stock — against your chest. This allows you to apply a lot of power and provides great starting control.
Traditionalists love this kind of thing — but those with a bad back might want to think twice about it. This’ll have you literally slumped over your work every time you break it out. Then again, woodcrafters are a hardy bunch, and some slight hunching comes with the territory.
Garrett Wade sells this breast drill for $100.