Presently I have close to 500 single spiral ("Irwin" style) and double spiral ("Jennings" style) with more coming in all the time. As the bits come in, I break them down by size and type, discarding ones that are just too unacceptable. It hasn't taken too long to realize that bit restoration alone will be a very big project. If I were to wait in offering these bits until sets were assembled and reconditioned, this page might never get published! What I've decided to do is get sets ready on special request. As time goes on, I'll work on bits when I can and will hopefully be offering sets within the next few months.
Single Spiral No. 12 (3/4 inch) bit
Bits will receive the following treatment: Each bit will be inspected. Spurs with more than 50% wear will be culled immediately, as will damaged pilot screws. Heavily rusted bits that cannot be cleaned up will go next. Straightening will be done with an arbor press. Hammering leaves marks. Tangs and shafts will also be hand-filed as necessary. Heavily corroded bits will be power brushed to take off major scale and crud, then all bits will be rouge-buffed. Spurs and lips will be hand-sharpened. Each bit will then be lightly greased and packed in wax paper.
My plans are to offer sets similar to Jennings "100" sets or Irwin letter-series sets (The thirteen bit set equivalent to a "100" set is called the "D" set) There will also be partial sets offered, following the policies of Russell-Jennings and Irwin. In addition to this, customers will be able to ask for individual bits on request. Please remember that I'm not going to offer tools as collectors' items, but as "users". This means that when I put a set of bits together, I'm going to focus on the quality of each bit, rather than whether or not it is a genuine Russell-Jennings or Irwin (or whatever brand) Sizes generally offered will be No.4 (1/4 inch) to No.16 (1 inch), graduated in sixteenths of an inch. I already have a few bits that are larger than No.16. They will be offered individually later, but if you are looking for a special oversized bit now, please contact me.
Double Spiral No. 12 (3/4 inch) bit
At the same time, if you are trying to fill out an old set and would prefer to purchase a specific bit, please feel free to contact me and I will see what I can do for you. This would go as far as creating a registry of people looking for specific items.
A number of interesting bits have come along with the regular ones I've found. I always have a couple of spoon bits, gimlets and square tanged metal bits and so on. Here again, if you are looking for something along this line, let me know. This is also the case with expansion bits. I have a number of these already, but don't want to offer them on the site at the moment. Let me know if you are looking for one.
I also have most of the common boxes which Irwin and Jennings have marketed their sets in, as well as a couple of examples of canvas rolls. My plan is to reverse-engineer these boxes and rolls, but not to offer exact replicas. Dimensions will be pretty much adhered to. Species of woods to be used are up in the air at the moment. Right now I'm planning on using Oregon white oak, alder and Ponderosa pine, as these approximate the boxes' original woods, and are readily available here in the Northwest. Even though the boxes will look very much like the older ones, I want them to show differences as well.
Two pictures will be offered with this posting, one of a single spiral and one of a double spiral. These are both No. 12 (3/4 inch) bits. They were both pulled at random from the storage boxes and cleaned up as if they had been ordered. Aesthetically, some bits might look a little more "rustic", but they will all function in the same way.
PRICE: For the time being, they will be sold for a flat rate of $14 per drill bit, regardless of size or type. This will include USPS economy ground postage.
MY GUARANTEE: If you don't like a bit(s), return them and let me know whether you want a replacement or your money back. I will also cover reimbursement of your postage at that time. Please understand that I cannot warranty original design, construction or function of any bit, but am guaranteeing that the bit has been inspected for wear and tear which has rendered it not usable, and it has been reconditioned to a working state.