I always thought that people who used hand cranked bit braces where a little crazy. Reading about the one of the benchs in Woodworking Magazine they use a brace to drill holes.
Anyways on my way to pickup the lumber I”m going to use for my bench I stop as this little Antique/misc junk shop that I always meant to check out and I found a 10” Stanley brace, model 945 for 3 bucks. Its in great shape. A little surface rust but all the parts that move are smooth and the wood while a little nicked and dented is in good shape.
So now I’ve got to check this out and see how it works.