I was in Lowe’s the other day and saw a pretty cool set of tools designed for the youngsters. “Red Toolbox” makes tool kits designed to be used by kids. One of the things that caught my eye was the kid’s cordless drill. I know I would have loved to have a hand drill when I was 10. I checked the reviews online and found the Red Toolbox version did not have raving reviews. This got me thinking…
Why not get the kid a real cordless drill? (I know there are plenty of good answers to this question). The one below listed for about $30 and has great reviews. It is a screwdriver, but can use quick change drills. It is NOT A TOY, and would have to be used with adult supervision (or the coffee table would be Swiss cheese), but it would be great fun for a kid.
This weekend I got one and ripped 1 x 6 boards into thin strips about 1/8″ thick and about 3 feet long. The kids used their hacksaws to cut the wood to the length they want, and used the screwdriver to drill holes in it. We used metal brads to hold the pieces together, but I later found that #8 machine screws do better. They made cranes, bridges and roof trusses all day long. Plus I have a great cordless screwdriver I can borrow any time.
If you want to use this as a drill, you will need hex shank drill bits like these: