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 acqu...
I probably have spent more than I should at a recent tool sale. However, I could claim that I did manage to have a great find. As I was leaving, I noticed a pile of braces. Well, I already have a few and I also was interested in finding the missing jaws for my Yankee. Why not, I dig in to the pile. Since the Yankee has a distinct look with a button for ratchet control, it didn’t take long to find one. Yes, it is old and showed signs of age. Here are the pictures. The handle measure...
Hey Lj’s I have to say diving head first into the world of wookworking has been a treat and a major headache for me. When It comes down to power tools and the all mighty web and woodworking publications and public opinion a new hobbyist can drown before even building his first project. Power tools are the cream of the crop these days so much to choose from makes the final choice that much harder to commit too. Heck even hand tools can be a challenge and there multitude of offerings. ...
Yankee trouble (bits and pieces…)Or when you have to pay 45$ for to little, and are to stubborn to do so! Yes I had the choice to pay 45$ including shipping for Europe, for a bitholder to my Yankees, or buy a set of different bits from england for 28 Pound – this was the closest to madness since I own several other more modern screwdrivers, but…Yes I like old tools, and love to have a beautiful or special tool in my hands, and since I am the owner of tree Yankee screwdriv...
I grabbed a Dewalt Dado set off Amazon for a song a while back, thanks to the wonderful deal hound at Woodnet. So I loaded that up, got a good fit, and began to run down some Dados Then I began to glue & brad the chassis together. I set that aside so that the glue could dry, and moved on to the drawers. I broke down the ply, and laid them all out. Before I assembled, I did a big tape-up, tossed on some cheap sacrificial borg ply on the bottom, and drilled the...
NOTE All of my photos have been migrated to a new provider, and the links in my posts are likely out of date. You can find the photos here. So, I’ve needed a router table, and I wanted an nice big surface area. I’ve used some of the lighter weight ones before and didnt’ care for them. The only product I used that I liked was the Bench Dog with the CI top, and the whole system, including a nice beefy 3HP router would have set me back around $1500. I couldn’t se...
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