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 03-01-2009 12:02 PM

looks awesome
great work

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#2 posted 03-01-2009 01:15 PM

that is SWEET .

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#3 posted 03-01-2009 01:54 PM

very nice…looks to good to use :-)

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#4 posted 03-01-2009 02:28 PM

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

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#5 posted 03-01-2009 03:44 PM

Beautiful, nice job!

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#6 posted 03-01-2009 04:10 PM


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

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#7 posted 03-01-2009 04:12 PM

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 03-01-2009 05:05 PM

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 03-01-2009 06:21 PM

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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#10 posted 03-01-2009 06:33 PM

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 03-01-2009 07:58 PM

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

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#12 posted 03-01-2009 10:06 PM

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

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#13 posted 03-01-2009 11:08 PM

Beautiful looking tool. Great job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#14 posted 03-01-2009 11:37 PM

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

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#15 posted 03-02-2009 03:28 AM

Beautiful, great choice of wood.

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