I recently acquired a nice Miller’s Falls #2A 1940’s vintage eggbeater drill. My intent is a complete restoration, but the chuck didn’t work properly so I disassembled it. There were no springs in the chuck. Finding springs for a vintage chuck is not an easy task even for a tool dealer with 20+ years in the business. However, I did find someone who loaned me an original spring to copy.
Yesterday I managed to bend a set of three, actually I made four but the black hole beneath my bench ate one. They are shown in the picture above. The springs were bent from 1/32″ diameter music wire bought at the local hobby shop. For a few dollars I got enough wire to make a hundred springs.
The only tweeking I had to do was shortening the length of the leg that goes into the jaws. They stuck out beyond the jaws.
Jaw alignment is well within acceptable limits. The chuck works pretty smoothly, but a little polishing will make it even better. Now the restoration can begin………… when I find some time.
I will publish the restoration here for you all to see. It will be lengthy because I want to make new wood knobs and a new handle also. Cocobolo will be the wood of choice.
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