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We have a very old mechanism for drilling holes.

How would you drill a hole in metal if you didn't have a modern twist drill? You would need to find the answer if you wanted to attach metal bars to a box or a cart.

In the Smiddy we have a "Boring Beam".  It's not exactly an inspiring name, but that's what it is called. It is a very rare old device for drilling holes in iron. The design dates back to at least the 18th century.

Boring beams were once very common, but became obsolete over 100 years ago when more sophisticated powered drilling machines were invented. It is likely that one factor in their demise was the "beam" itself, a 10 foot length of hardwood that would have had many other potential uses.