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Blog entry by WayneC posted 10-10-2013 11:11 PM 3622 reads 5 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thought I would share the list of bit braces that I am tracking. The list has been compiled from a variety of sources on the web. If you have suggestions of high quality braces that are not on the list, please let me know.

North Brothers Yankee braces, including the 2100, 2100A, 2101, and 2101A series. 8”, 10”, 12”. 14”. Example of 6” versions are rare but known. Whimble braces exist. North Brothers are better Quality than Stanley. North Brothers was acquired by Stanley in 1946 and their line of tools was incorporated into Stanley’s offerings. This brace was used by Bell Telephone and many of them are marked “Bell Systems”.

My Yankee Braces ( 12” 2100, 10” 2101, 8” 2100)

North Bros 2100 12” Yankee

Millers Falls – Holdall brace with Leland Universal jaws.
Nos. 729 – 734; 729A – 734A

733 Millers Falls Hold All

Millers Falls – Lion brace with Leland Universal jaws.
Nos. 769 – 774; 770A – 773A
Nos. 870 – 873; 870A – 873A
Nos. 1769 – 1773
Nos. 1870 – 1872

Millers Falls 771 12” Lion Brace

Millers Falls – Master Ratchet brace with Leland Universal jaws.
Nos. 830 – 833; 830A – 833A
Nos. 8130 – 8133

Miller Falls – Parsons Deluxe Ratchet brace with Leland Universal jaws (this line is expensive, but very nice)
No. 5010 – 5012; 5010A; 5010C

Parsons 5010

Peck, Stow, and Wilcox (also P. S. & W and PEXTO) braces with the Sampson chuck and jaws. 8000 Series (e.g. 8010)

Here is a 10” with Sampson chuck. this one has an 1895 patent date on the chuck. It is marked P.S. & W. These are similar to the Millers falls Lion brace.

Stanley 921, 923 series
Stanley 901
Stanley 810

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov



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dhart1969

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#1 posted 10-11-2013 01:04 AM

Just picked up a Millers Falls 771 at a local flea market for 3 bucks. Its in perfect usable condition.. I had no idea what I had till I got home and looked it up.. I was very happy to see it was a good model but even if it wasn’t for $3 how could i go wrong! I am new at collecting old tools, and I am mostly looking for things I can use and this fit the bill. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

-- Dave in NH

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WayneC

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#2 posted 10-11-2013 01:13 AM

You are most welcome Dave. Braces are something you can still get good deals on. I try to buy quality tools and buy what I will use. Although it is hard not to get carried away.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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racerglen

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#3 posted 10-11-2013 11:44 AM

+ to the carried away ;-) Most of mine are Stanley though I do have a couple of Millers Falls corner braces and my Grandfathers 14” PS & W .
As well as both Stanley and M/F breast frills, and..and..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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BigRedKnothead

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 01:22 PM

For some reason I used to think Yankee was made by stanley. Good to know they’re not. I’ve only got one good brace that I like….and it’s on the list. Yankee 2101-10;)

-- Red-- "I'm a lumber hoardin', finger nickin', sliver cursin', breaker trippin', summbuckin woodworker ya'll"

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WayneC

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#5 posted 10-11-2013 01:24 PM

Stanley purchased North Brothers in the 1940s I believe. You want to look for pre-Stanley stuff if you are looking for more.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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WayneC

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#6 posted 10-11-2013 04:43 PM

Added Photo of a Millers Falls Parsons Brace.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Don W

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#7 posted 10-11-2013 04:50 PM

Wayne, any chance you’d be able to add some price ranges and values? I pass by a lot of braces simply because I have no idea what the are worth, or were to look to find out.

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

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WayneC

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#8 posted 10-11-2013 05:08 PM

I have been watching eBay. There are a slew of braces out there so I recommend being very selective. My thoughts, others please jump in, I in no way claim to be an expert.

There is a premium for 6”, 14” and 16” braces. (not seen any 16” on eBay). 6” are used for driving screws and such and are less common. 14” and larger braces seem to be less common and get multiple bidders. They are useful for drilling holes when making benches.

The North Bros 2100 braces seem to go over $100 if they are in nice condition. Bell Systems marked ones seem go for less $50-100. Stanley versions of the Yankee can go for much less depending on how new they are. There are some Stanley versions with plastic parts for gods sake. Condition affects price a great deal.

HoldAlls seem to go in the $30-$60 range. A bit more for pristine ones. Similar pricing for the Lion Chucks, Master, and Pexto versions. They need to be in very good shape and well identified.

The only Parsons brace I have seen in good condition is currently listed at $250.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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TerryDowning

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#9 posted 10-11-2013 07:36 PM

Miller Falls – Parsons Deluxe Ratchet brace with Leland Universal jaws (this line is expensive, but very nice)
No. 5010 – 5012; 5010A; 5010C

You weren’t lying

Probably already seen this one Wayne, but here goes anyways

Parson's Brace with permaloid handles

-- - Terry

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WayneC

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#10 posted 10-12-2013 03:02 AM

No Terry I was not. :)

I added a photo of my Lion Brace and all 3 of my Yankee braces above.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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WayneC

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#11 posted 10-14-2013 02:55 AM

I added photos of a P.S.&W. Sampson chuck brace.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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chrisstef

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#12 posted 01-13-2014 02:07 AM

Inherited two buckets of rust from my uncles garage today. Inside … 2 stanley 921 braces. A 10” and a 12”. The 12 is is substantially better shape. Theres also a MF 732 10”.

-- "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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theoldfart

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#13 posted 01-13-2014 02:38 AM

Great post Wayne. I’m still chasing the elusive 16” and 6”, but did find a 14” Holdall. Have you picked up any dowel bits yet?

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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WayneC

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#14 posted 01-13-2014 03:48 AM

Looks like some good braces there Stef. The 12” 921 looks really nice.

No 16” for me yet Kevin. I was going to go out rust hunting this morning but decided to head to to the refuge and shoot some wildlife photographs. I have a hollow auger and pointer if that is what your asking about.

My 14” Yankee Brace is on a slow train from the east coast. According to tracking it has taken 8 days to get from Maine to where it is at today, currently showing in New Jersey.

Some photos from this morning….

An American Bittern

Pheasant

From earlier in the month…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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theoldfart

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#15 posted 01-13-2014 11:14 AM

Wayne they look like a regular brace bit but much shorter.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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