Miniature Millers Falls #5 Bevel-Gear Hand Drill
These miniature (1/2 scale) bevel-geared hand drills were patterned after the 1899 Millers Falls #5 Hand Drill. Millers Falls Manufacturing Company was based in Millers Falls, MA and incorporated in 1868. It was renamed the Millers Falls Company in 1872.
That year was the year that Millers Falls offered their hand drill with an extra wide main gear rim, allowing a craftsman to hold the rim between the thumb and forefinger for delicate drilling work. The original drills at full scale are highly useful for general woodworking projects, and at 1/2 scale are even more appropriate for drilling smaller holes with great sensitivity of feel, and of course are highly collectible.
Master craftsman John Wandling is producing these miniature versions, fully operating and functional, in a limited quantity. Each one is hand-produced using his Monarch 10EE lathe and Bridgeport mill -- no CNC here! He checks the fit, finish, and operation of every one individually to make sure it is equal to or better than the quality of the original Millers Falls drill.
Price is expected to be $400 each, and as mentioned quantities are very limited. The initial run of 25 hand drills sold out, but we are now collecting orders for the next batch. If you would like to reserve one, please click the link above with a comment mentioning your wish to get one.
Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. You must include a comment specifying your contact is about the drill or your note may be missed and in that case you would not be added to the reservation list.