In this restoration I restore a vise drill anvil combination tool. This odd tool was manufactured by Rock Island Mfg. Co. from 1915-1930s when the company went out of business. You can see the original patent here: https://patents.google.com/patent/US1111103
This tool was sent to me by a viewer in hopes of getting everything back in order. The only part missing was the “hardy” tool for the anvil, but those can be easily made. I would not recommend using cast iron as an anvil material though as it will most likely shatter. The entire concept of this combination tool is something that is not synergistic and is actually just a poor anvil, drill, and vise. Nevertheless, these are somewhat common and must have been popular with at least some number of customers.
I replaced all the old japanning with new coats of japanning. I tried to slap on more layers of japanning as an experiment to see if I could get a smoother finish. The anvil portion had some cracks that needed to be brazed and the vise jaws were machined off and completely replaced with soft metal ones. I personally use soft jaws more often.
To use the drill you have to turn one handle to advance the bit and another to spin the drill. It’s a very odd experience, but neat nonetheless.
Since this tool was sent to me, I would love to pass it along one day, so if you are interested, let me know!
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