Building a Basic Drill Out of Wood and Stone

And a piece of string

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Fri, Jan 29th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On the Primitive Technology website, its curator shows you how to build a cord drill and pump drill using wood, stone, and a piece of cord. Primitive Technology was featured in the past on building a hut from scratch.

As far as fire making goes I’ll stick to fire sticks as the parts are easier to make. But for people with soft hands, this would be a good method for making fire without getting blisters. The effort during the fire making is less too. The pump drill was successful at making fire too but because their were so many moving parts I had to try many times before it worked. Cords would break, the fly wheel would loosen and the drill kept jumping out of the socket. I spent an afternoon trying to get fire with it but it eventually worked. I would be more likely to use this device as a carpentry drill. It would be useful for drilling holes in timber that was going to be assembled with pegs. One thing I need to work on is the stone drill bits. They need to be fixed firmly to the shaft so that they are in line with the spinning action. If they are off a bit the whole drill wobbles.

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