A bit of She-oak, add some brass and ...

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I decided to make another brace. This is small, to be used as would an eggbeater, such as for drilling holes for screws. It can also be used as a driver.

The total length is 400mm (15 3/4”) with a 100mm (4”) throw.

Materials: West Australian She-oak body and Tasmanian Blackwood pad.

The pad …

An old, rusty Stanley brace sacrificed itself for the upper connection. This turns so sweetly.

Finally, the chuck is made from a spring-loaded clip-on driver holder. I wire brushed the anodising back to a steel finish.

Construction: after bandsawing out the basic shape, the final body shape was achieved with rasps and scrapers. Sandpaper to smooth. Oil, shellac and wax to finish.

Thanks for looking.

Regards from Perth


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#1 posted 1961 days ago

looks awesome
great work

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#2 posted 1960 days ago

that is SWEET .

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#3 posted 1960 days ago

very nice…looks to good to use :-)

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#4 posted 1960 days ago

That’s a beauty! Where do you put the batteries?..:)

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#5 posted 1960 days ago

Beautiful, nice job!

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#6 posted 1960 days ago


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 1960 days ago

Very nice! Where did you find the hardware for this?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#8 posted 1960 days ago

Beautiful wood. My meager piece of She-Oak is too precious to use for a tool. I’d love to get some Tasmanian Blackwood with some crazy graining! Alas, it’s probably firewood in your neighborhood. I have maple and blackwalnut to trade!

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#9 posted 1960 days ago

Amazing tool! this type of wood special for tools?

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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Derek Cohen

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#10 posted 1960 days ago

She-oak is an extremely hard wood with considerable interlinked grain. This is what makes it ideal for this purpose. A lesser wood would flex or break. This stuff is like steel!

Here is a link to a list of international timbers. You can look up their hardness/density ratings, etc:

I frequently use Jarrah (hardness rated here at 8.5), Karri (9.0) and She-oak (14). By comparison, look at the ratings for USA Sugar Pine (1.2), Poplar (2.3), White Oak (6.0) and hard Maple (6.9).

Regards from Perth


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#11 posted 1960 days ago

Beautiful and functional tool ! The grain in both species is wonderful and your finish looks flawless : )

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#12 posted 1960 days ago

Very nice! I, too would like some info on where to find the hardware. Thanks for the inspiration!

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#13 posted 1960 days ago

Beautiful looking tool. Great job.

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#14 posted 1960 days ago

Thats cool…I would be afraid to use it for fear of scratching it..

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#15 posted 1960 days ago

Beautiful, great choice of wood.

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