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Blog entry by AnnaEA posted 08-01-2010 07:02 PM 886 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My husband spotted this in the cabinet at the Habitat Restore, and pointed it out to me. I’m glad he saw it – I normally never look in the cabinet, because it’s all jewelry stuff in there. It’s a Miller's Falls brace, and a bunch of bits.

The brace is in excellent condition, and works perfectly. I cleaned the old grease out of the chuck, and gave it a wipe of WD-40. The mark on the chuck reads “Millers Falls Co / Millers Falls, Mass. U.S.A” on one side, and on the other “Pat. JUNE 23-1880”. The head is on ball bearings. I’m pretty sure it’s one of the “Barber Improved Ratchet Brace” models.


Some of the bits need to be sharpened, which means I’ll need to get some files. A nice excuse to buy myself a decent file or two.

Miller Falls Brace and bits.

-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.



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Bearpie

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#1 posted 08-01-2010 08:01 PM

Good score, the old wood brace is a very good tool to have and use and you are able to drill slowly and not mess up. Also you can use it outside without having to drag out an extension cord!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 08-01-2010 08:21 PM

Congrats on the nice scores: the braces & drills and finding LJ :-)) BTW, Welcome to LJ!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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swirt

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#3 posted 08-01-2010 08:43 PM

Nice find. They are great to use. Keep your eye open for a screwdriver bit for it. Some of the longer octagon shank modern drivers fit pretty well. These drive screws amazingly well.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 08-01-2010 08:47 PM

congrat´s with your new toy :-)
was it a freebee since you didn´t told us how much you paid or
was it just not a bargain but a steal like candy from a kid
anyway it doesn´t matter its a great brace your husband find for you

Dennis

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AnnaEA

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#5 posted 08-01-2010 09:06 PM

It was a stealing candy from a baby kind of steal—- it was priced at 15.00 USD, and we went on half off day, so I got it for eight bucks!

-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 08-01-2010 09:22 PM

woaw that was stealing did you have to run after you did it….......LOL
I´ll bett it will serve you well

Dennis

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AnnaEA

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#7 posted 08-01-2010 09:34 PM

Apparently it had been there for days. When dasHusband finally told me about it, I made us get up early the next morning and head over as soon as the place opened so I could get it if it was still there! I was stunned it hadn’t been snapped up already.

-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.

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CoolDavion

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#8 posted 08-01-2010 10:39 PM

Lucky you!
I’ve been in Canton restore a couple times and have not gotten a deal like that.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 08-02-2010 05:02 AM

Good thing your hubby waited until half off day to tell you ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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