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Finished Auger bit refurb and even refurbed a brace

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Blog entry by Spur posted 639 days ago 805 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I will add pictures eventually, but I finished the refurb of the bits and bit box. The box was in pretty bad shape, but now it is very usable (slightly out of square, but I am ok with that). I saw a video here on lumberjocks on how to sharpen an auger and refurb a brace, and used that as my guide (bought an auger file), and after cleaning was able to see the maker of my brace is millers falls. Ratching mechanism is now nice and clean and responds well, no squeaking when I bore a hole, the wood looks beautiful with all the grime off, the metal is shiny, and the chuck works awesomely.

Bored through at a speed that surprised me with not a lotta effort with a number 14 bit. My 10 year old son managed to bore a hole as well with no effort. The set is missing a few bits, but I can pick those up at the flea market. On the flip side, why are Spofford braces (the ones with the twist screw thing) so darned expensive? I have been trolling ebay for months trying to pick one up and they always wind up at like 50-80 bucks. I figured one with the least features would be less expensive, and I think they are very nice looking braces. I may have to give up on getting one for now until I can justify the expense. I could always just go with another $2 brace from a garage sale I suppose to have two braces bitted up during a project.

My wife is holding an eggbeater drill for me for Christmas. I got to test it once before she hid it. Christmas is a long way away…

Crafting without power tools, for some reason, is hugely rewarding to me. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, I can focus on doing a few more projects. Got to get that work bench built first. Tore down my old one as I am remodeling my garage. Boy do I miss it…

-- Henryk, South Carolina



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 639 days ago

I like it Spur. I just bought a set of auger bits myself along with a MF brace. I find its a joy to use and much more rewarding than chucking up a bit in the ole dewalt. We’ve got a saying around here … “no pics, didnt happen” Show us the pics!!!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 639 days ago

Now don’t get me wrong, I like my battery powered drill for screws, but I am looking at maybe picking up one of those yankee screwdrivers to give it a go. I’ll be adding pictures this evening. Can’t say enough good things about evaporust though. That stuff is amazing. Naval Jelly had me all kinds of paranoid as I refinished one half of the brace with that.

More than anything, I lost another ebay bid for a spofford brace, which has made me flossy today, so I posted prematurely without pictures. Just can’t justify spending more than maybe 30 bucks for one.

-- Henryk, South Carolina

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#3 posted 639 days ago

Ill second the evaporust. Naval jelly smells so darn bad that i cant use it most of the time. Something about rotten eggs in my shop that disturbs me.

BTW – Brit’s blog on refurbing braces and bits is fantastic.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 639 days ago

It was Brit’s blog I used as my ‘bible’ for the bit and brace refurbs! The guy does an awesome job explaining the whole process. Gave me the confidence to disassemble the brace and take abrasives to it. By no means did I get mine to look as good as his, but I did get mine to shine, and be functional!

-- Henryk, South Carolina

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