YOU GOT IT! Well, in your own way. It’s a drill…or a brace and bit. I remember my dad using it in one of two ways, depending on the job:
1. Hold the round end in your palm, hand downward, applying pressure to drill a hole, or…
2. Put the round end against the front of your shoulder, leaning into the drill to apply even greater pressure as you drilled.
Either way, as Randy Mankin notes below, it was the original cordless drill.
Here’s what you had to say about it:
FROM PAUL KEANE: Not sure of the technical name but growing up all the men called it a Yankee Drill. Simply put, it is a hand drill that would give you the most crooked and horrible holes you can imagine.
FROM RANDY MANKIN: It’s a brace and bit, the original cordless drill.
FROM PAUL COATES: It’s a brace and bit drill or auger. Some woodworkers like the precision of such a device for depth control.
FROM LINDA BINGEN: It’s a hand drill. My dad used one a lot on the farm.
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