An inexpensive but useful tool to woodworkers, the gimlet was next to the smallest boring tool available to cabinetmakers and carpenters, related to the auger and to the brace and bit. The gimlet was used whenever the brace and bit proved too large or too awkward to use in boring a hole. Between 1765 and 1773 Nathaniel Dominy purchased ten gimlets, paying as little as 2 shillings for a half dozen in 1770.113