drill accessories and tools

10 vintage drill tools and accessories

A few months ago I found in an antique store a vintage kit of accessories and tools for drilling, and when you see them you will understand why I could not resist buying them. The entire set of this multi-tool kit came in a wooden cabinet, with all the accessories perfectly arranged and with the drill that was designed to operate the tools.

AEG Drill Multi-Tool Accessory Kit

These accessories mostly allow you to turn the drill into various woodworking tools, some of which I was surprised at how well they work, plus a couple that are used for cutting, sharpening and grinding metal. But the best thing is that now I also have a couple of carpentry tools that I didn't have in my workshop.

Make circular saw with the drill

Mounting a wood cutting disc to the drill does not seem like a good idea, but in this case an accessory was designed that is just like a circular saw. So the drill works just like the motor of any disc saw would.

disc saw attachment for hand drill

Basically it is a normal circular saw, but with the drill as a motor. I could use it to cut wood without major problem, although the ergonomics are not the best. Mind you, the cut-off wheel is old and leaves a lot to be desired, so it can surely kickback, kick or kickback more easily than a modern cut-off wheel. The fact is that I do not know if a drill is the most suitable for moving a modern cutting disc, so in principle I will not use this saw to make any woodworking or DIY project with wood.

Table saw attachment

You already know that using a hand circular saw to make a table saw it's a pretty typical project on YouTube. In this case they designed an accessory that fits perfectly with the circular drill saw that we saw earlier.

table saw powered with a drill

I liked how well everything fits, including the miter guide that fits and slides almost perfectly into the slot (something that doesn't happen on cheap table saws we find today), which comes with a riving knife behind the cutting disc. , and that has a curious system for regulating the depth of cut that moves the table saw board instead of raising and lowering the blade. The problem is the same as I mentioned about the cutting disc we saw in the previous accessory.

Drill-actuated jigsaw

The one for the jigsaw is a drill accessory that most woodworkers are already familiar with.

The drill is fitted in its place, the cutting blade is put on it (in this case it has an old system to anchor the cutting blade, so I had to search until I found the right ones) and the wood can now be cut with this woodworking and DIY tool.

The worst thing is that as you have to grip this jig, it is difficult to handle. Very bad ergonomics compared to jigsaws modern.

Marquetry saw

But the jigsaw that we saw before, and this is the woodworking tool that surprised me the most of all these drill accessories, serves as the basis to become a fret saw.

Yes, as you can see in the photo, there I have an electric fret saw that cuts the wood really well. Well, when I say wood I mean veneers like 5 millimeter thick plywood or maybe something else. But when you use it, you can see how the wood glides smoothly against the cutting blade while it makes a clean and fast cut.

Drill grinder kit

After seeing the circular saw accessory that I showed at the beginning of this post, this accessory to have a grinder powered with the drill is not so surprising. But I was not expecting it, so I admit that I was surprised to find out.

home workshop deburrer or grinder

In this case, compared to the jigsaw, this tool is not so uncomfortable to handle, but it seems to me that the disc rotates the opposite of normal grinders.

Orbital sander for wood

I was also surprised to find an accessory to mount an orbital wood sander to the drill.

orbital sander for wood

But it is not easy to handle. Sanding does sand the wood, but when using it it is difficult to carry where I want.

Drill lathe kit

I am making a simple wooden bench for this lathe in my workshop. Because I want to be able to get to work with him easily whenever I want.

A few years ago I showed you a drill lathe kit that I had bought. But that kit didn't work there very well. And the main reason why that lathe kit did not work well is because the drills usually have a small gap in the neck where the chuck is attached. The problem is that this backlash makes it impossible to keep the wood turning on a perfect axis, since when the gouges touch the workpiece, the backlash allows a displacement of the wood that causes the axis of rotation to change slightly. It seems a small thing, but the result when turning wood was horrible.

But the drill that comes with this multitool accessory kit doesn't have that clearance. In addition, the pieces are of better quality and firmer. The result is that I can turn wood in an acceptable way. Surely a real lathe, even a cheap one, will work better with wood, but I think that with this one you can already do some interesting work or at least practice.

Disc sander

On my YouTube channel and on this blog we already saw how I did some homemade disc sander. Well now I have another one :).

homemade disc sander

And it is that the lathe brings enough pieces to make a disc sander easy, a very useful tool for sanding wood with precision.


Another curiosity was finding this accessory to mount an emery on the lathe.

home workshop emery

An advantage of the lathe is that it serves as a good support for the drill, so that this grinding wheel mounts where the drill chuck would go. Of course, I had to visit some other hardware store to find the right stone to fit the pieces of this emery. But having an excuse to go around visiting hardware stores is not a problem, right? Rather the opposite 🙂.

Stand for column drill

And the icing on the cake is to turn the lathe into a column drill. I had seen how to use the column drill as a makeshift lathe, but the other way around?

Mounting the drill vertically is not difficult as the lathe kit easily converts to a vertical stand. But now the trick is to use the push system of the tailstock, mounting a simple table to it, as a table of the column drill. And yes, as you can see in the video, instead of working raising and lowering the drill, what we do is raise and lower the table on which we support the workpiece. It is not the most comfortable way to work, but for some specific jobs it sure works.

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