|Is this tool really worth talking about?|
We met at a woodworking course at Dictum in which we built the Anarchist Tool Chest with Christopher Schwarz as the instructor. It was cool.
Jonas brought his dad along, who entertained everyone the whole week long. What a neat experience, and what a cool couple of woodworkers to know.
|A moment of rest while building chairs. We are consuming Jens' favorite beverage: uhhh... Orange juice! Yeah. That's it!|
When I was at Jonas', Jens, his dad, came with a box full of tools he brought along from his auction hunting in Sweden. Needless to say, I bought a bunch from him. I call that pile of tools, the Swedish Hoarde. Incidentally, he told me an awesome story about the Milkman's Workbench. If you remember, the Schwarz bought the original from him and then wrote about it in Popular Woodworking. Jens told a story about it that was absolutely hilarious, and said that Christopher Schwarz didn't even know this story. I'm sorry, but he asked me not ever to tell. You'll have to wait until you see me, and get a coupla beers down my neck.
Back to work.
|The Swedish Hoarde in it's entirety.|
In this hoarde was this tool:
|This is a bradawl. Note the double bevel tip. Don't confuse this tool with a screwdriver for your eyeglasses!|
Basically, never as a screwdriver. This tool drills holes.
The way you do it is to put the blade of the tool across the grain, push down and twist back and forth. Or, forth and back if you are Danish.
|Place the blade crossways to the grain,|
|Here are a few holes I did in spruce this way.|
My Swedish bradawl has a nicely shaped wooden handle, of something that reminds me of boxwood, but probably is hornbeam (Carpinus betulus). If you buy one, focus first on a comfortable handle, and then that the tool is firmly seated in the handle. Mine is a little wobbly, but is secure in that when I turn it, the tool does not spin in the handle.
You'll love this tool, and if you are like me, you will find yourself using it all the time when you never knew you needed one before.