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The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #6: Part 6 - What to Look for when Buying a Secondhand Brace and more

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Blog entry by Brit posted 09-13-2011 08:53 AM 10924 reads 8 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I’d mix it up a bit in this part of the blog and record a video where I:

  • Discuss what to look for when you pick up a secondhand brace and consider buying it.
  • Mention variations in design and size and why you would use one size over another.
  • Address Racerglen’s question on restoring plated braces.
  • Answer lysdexic’s question as to why the Yankee 2100 represents the pinnacle of brace development.

YouTube only allows uploads up to 15 minutes in length (which I never knew at the time of recording), so I had to break it into two separate videos. At great expense (not), I recorded it in HD. So, if your PC is able to cope with high definition playback, follow these three steps for the best viewing experience:

1. Click Play.

2. Click on 360p and select 720p HD.

3. Switch to fullscreen.

Now on with the show!

Here is the link to Sydnassloot.com that I mentioned in the video. Well worth checking out.

Also, if you are interested in seeing what goes on inside that wonderful Yankee 2100 ratchet, check out the sectional views on Georgesbasement.com.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.



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racerglen

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 01:22 PM

What a great series ! And enjoy the video star as well. Andy I’m not suprized at your plating response, one thing that can be done if the plate is flaking though
is a sneaky aplication of super glue, that’ll at least stop the process.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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Napoleon

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 04:03 PM

Its not diffucult to see were your heart belongs for tools :) its perfekt with a blog on video. Much more interesting than foto like i use. Last night i was looking in old papaers and books and i found something i have forgot for a long time. And old book about tools written in and about tool in Denmark. There was a picture and decribtion of a corner-hand-brace…..Have you seen one of these ?

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Brit

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#3 posted 09-13-2011 05:43 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Just added a couple of links at the bottom of the above blog entry, that I forgot to add when I posted it.

Racerglen – I never would have thought of using superglue. Personally, I would sand off the plating if it was in a bad way though and just polish the steel underneath. I must confess, I’m not a lover of plating really.

Napolean – Glad you enjoyed the video. There are three specialist tools related to the kind of braces that we have been discussing in this blog series. They are:

The Whimble Brace

The Joist/Floor Brace. I just won this one on eBay. :-)

The Corner Brace which I think you are referring to.

I’ve never used any of these three types of brace, but I’d love to try them out. Maybe one day.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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mafe

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#4 posted 09-13-2011 11:02 PM

Hi Andy,
That was a wonderful video(s), you are my favorite YouTube star from today.
I think you do excellent on video.
Really interesting and ouch it almost gave pain in my bones listening to that plastic brace…
Yes I agree why we should put up with bad tools when we can buy wonderful used tools that we can fix and get for nothing.
I do like the spin on the 2100, but rubber handles… naaa…. Andy!
You have to buy yourself a push drill, since I know you like good design the Stanley 41 is a good choice. If you have not had the chance to use it I promise you that you will be in for a wonderful surprise.
As you know I use mine all the time now, in fact so much that I just drilled all the way through my finger, having now a beautiful sharp entrance and exit hole on my thumb… Laugh.
Thank you for a wonderful blog series, now with Andy life,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Brit

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#5 posted 09-13-2011 11:20 PM

It is all true Mads, I’m a legend in my own lunchtime. :o)

My mummy always told me, “Do it right son and one day you’ll have your name in lights.”

By the way, I have two modern push drills (medium and large). I like them a lot. They use the hex drive, so I can drill with them and drive screws. These are the ones I use:

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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dakremer

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#6 posted 09-14-2011 07:13 AM

Any votes for a book contract?? (hand raising) I’ll give the first vote!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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AttainableApex

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#7 posted 09-14-2011 08:50 AM

i have always wanted to use a brace and one of the yankee screwdrivers but haven’t had the opportunity.

-- Ben L

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Brit

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#8 posted 09-14-2011 09:44 AM

dakremer – Actually there already is a book on hand braces. The author’s name is Reg Eaton and the book is called The Ultimate Brace. Google it. I haven’t read it, but it has good reviews.

AttainableApex – I’d really encourage you to pick up a hand brace if you see one and try it. Follow parts 1-4 of this blog to clean it up. I’m not knocking battery-powered drills at all, they are an invaluable invention, but there is something magical about using a hand brace to drill a hole where your arm is the crank. You connect with the wood in a totally different way to a cordless drill and you can feel the feedback from the wood you’re cutting. Magical!!!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Brit

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#9 posted 09-14-2011 12:39 PM

Don’t you love it when the postman brings you goodies?







Dronfield Tool Company Joist Brace. Made in Sheffield.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Brit

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#10 posted 09-14-2011 01:23 PM

O.M.G I just remembered I can view YouTube through AppleTV. Scary! Now I understand why actors don’t watch their own films. LOL


-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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racerglen

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#11 posted 09-14-2011 01:33 PM

It’s YOU ! On the BIG screen !
That’s better than on a wee monitor.. Can’t do that with my systems..
And Andy beaut score on the joist brace, dosen’t look like you have much work to do on that one..
tad of polish and that’s it ?

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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mafe

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#12 posted 09-14-2011 02:13 PM

My OHHHH it’s my favorite TV star!
What a beautiful brace, but no chalange, you will need no resore there.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Napoleon

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#13 posted 09-14-2011 08:35 PM

Britt if you want to try a corner brace then look here :)

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=corner+brace&_sacat=See-All-Categories

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 09-14-2011 08:39 PM

Andy you do it great on the screen …. at least on my computer … lol :-)
I thought the brace you call a joistbrace simply was developed for tight spaces
and for corners ….......well there I learned something new again :-)

you never talked about (as I recall) what the benefit or lack of benefit there is between
two -three and four jaws in the head ( not in your head … there you only need one )but on the brace

I can´t see it on the picture but isn´t the pushdrill just a yankeescrewdriver :-O

great vidioblog Andy

talking about other drills here is one I look forward to use :-)
the archimedes drill with weightblocks

and yes I did get a little 3 inch brace before the water desided to get thrugh the basementwalls

take care vidiostar

Dennis

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saddletramp

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#15 posted 09-14-2011 09:20 PM

Andy, have the Hollywood agents started calling yet? If not, I can’t understand why not. Great job on the blog and the video.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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