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Blog entry by Brit posted 10-24-2011 08:01 PM 1605 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As many of you know, I’m partial to a Hand Brace or 10. For the last 18 months or so, I’ve bid on countless old wooden braces just because I think they look so damn cool. They’ve always gone too high in price for my wallet, but tonight I just won this one for £32.01. It was a bit of risk because the seller only posted this one grainy picture (mobile phone no doubt), so time will tell the condition it is really in.

Yippeeeee!!!

Fingers crossed it is Ok.

-- 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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RGtools

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#1 posted 10-24-2011 08:10 PM

May I be the first to say it is going to a loving and worthy home.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 08:21 PM

Hopefully it is a winner, good luck.

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Don W

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#3 posted 10-24-2011 09:05 PM

I know you well enough to know, if its not a winner when it arives, it will be shortly after.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Craig Havran

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#4 posted 10-24-2011 09:34 PM

I hope it’s exactly what you’re looking for… Good luck!! Be sure to post a better picture when you receive it.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#5 posted 10-24-2011 09:37 PM

Whoa Mama! That’s a gem. Look at the delicate knob. That one’s a showpiece!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 10-24-2011 09:42 PM

thats a beauty.

I agree with you – something about bit braces that makes them so much more interesting than any other woodworking related hand tool for some reason

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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wood_rat

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#7 posted 10-24-2011 09:58 PM

Man,you scored real good-lucky you

-- Pancho

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#8 posted 10-25-2011 03:57 AM

Nice find. does it come with any bits other than the one t has?

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#9 posted 10-25-2011 09:40 AM

congrat´s with the score Andy …... yipeeee ! one less I have to compeed with
and you are right they have been sold for very high prices the last ½ year min.
I have only seen one that did go for less and he was damm lucky how he was able
to do it I still wonder since he got it for the startbidding of 4,99 £ no one ells bid on it …
I don´t have to tell you I still kick myself very hard once a week :-(

take care
Dennis

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mafe

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#10 posted 10-25-2011 10:35 PM

Looks elegant! Congrat, when you restore it you restore mine also, it just got ould up and hand on the wall now…
God brace you Andy.

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

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Brit

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#11 posted 10-26-2011 01:05 AM

Thanks guys. I’ll post some pictures once I get it. I only comes with the one bit, but they are always available on ebay.

-- 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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#12 posted 10-31-2011 10:32 PM

Crashed and burned.

The brace arrived and it was crap. Three splits, the ebony head was chipped and the whole thing was warped making it totally unusable. I contacted the seller detailing the issues and he’s given me a full refund plus the cost of the return postage.

The hunt goes on…

-- 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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Dennisgrosen

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#13 posted 10-31-2011 10:49 PM

sorry to hear that Andy , lucky the seller refunded with out too much fuss
if he just had been more honerst on the bay with his picture´s

better luck with the next one
Dennis

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RGtools

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#14 posted 10-31-2011 11:02 PM

You win some and you lose some. On ebay you have the oppurtunity to experience the sensation of both in the same transaction. Sorry to here that.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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mafe

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#15 posted 10-31-2011 11:13 PM

I’m sure another and better is waiting for you out there in the big unknown of tools.

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

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