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Blog entry by ackychris posted 05-25-2010 01:24 AM 1027 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just found a Stanley No. 993 bit brace in the garage! It’s in pretty great shape, not much rust or anything, turns just fine, and the wood still looks great. I’m pretty stoked, and hoping I can dig up some more bits for it—it’s got one in it, maybe about 3/8”, labeled “6”. Or maybe “9”. I’m gonna have to learn more about this whole brace and bit gig.

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 05-25-2010 02:48 AM

Enjoy your find

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-25-2010 04:00 AM

I have used a brace and bit quite a bit for remodeling but always viewed it as a roughing tool. Maybe with proper bits it could be more refined. I’ve seen a lot of bits in second hand stores. Good luck finding the bits you need/want.

-- Gary

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Rick

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 06:41 AM

Speaking Of Brace & Bit. Does anyone know what this one was used for. HINT: 1925 or Therabouts …LOL….EDIT: I just noticed something in the Photo that is Misleading. The Handle that is in the Back? Bring it around and attach it to the OTHER EDGE of the Angle Iron so it’s Pointing DOWN.

Rick

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Bill53

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 07:30 AM

The number indicates 16ths of an inch so if it is a 6 or 6/16ths you’re right about the size.

Bill

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ackychris

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#5 posted 05-25-2010 10:12 AM

Aha, good to know! And Rick, I have no idea what that might be used for. Remember, I’m new to the brace and bit club. :) Any hints for us?

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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#6 posted 05-25-2010 11:18 AM

I guess: To drill a hole in a barrel of good whiskey!

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

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quartrsawn

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#7 posted 05-25-2010 01:53 PM

Rick, I believe that tool was used for drilling holes in wall studs to run electrical wire.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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rance

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#8 posted 05-25-2010 02:20 PM

Who’s garage?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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ackychris

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#9 posted 05-25-2010 07:47 PM

Me and my parents’s garage—we’ve got a bunch of my granddad’s old tools laying around in piles of dust and rust, waiting to be found. Pretty awesome indeed.

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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Rick

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#10 posted 05-26-2010 09:51 AM

WAY TO GO GUYS!!

As much as I’d like to present the Award to mafe just because I like his idea better ..LOL…

The ”Supreme Knowledge” Award goes to ”quartrsawn” Round Of Applause Please!!! Seconded by ”DaveR”

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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Bill53

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#11 posted 05-26-2010 03:16 PM

If you decide to start using the brace, one word of caution, if you drill deep holes, be sure to back it out often to clear the chips from the hole. If you don’t, the bit will stick in the hole and you’ll have a fun time getting it out. No, that didn’t happen to me, fortunately my dad told me before it was too late.

Thanks for all the welcomes to Lumberjocks.

Bill

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