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Project by CartersWhittling posted 02-03-2012 11:52 PM 2035 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello.

This is a brace I got during the summer. I bought it from an antique store for probably $3. Like most braces, this one was covered in some dirt, rust, and grime. It wasn’t until recently that I finally cleaned the brace up. I first used a wire wheel to clean most of the rust and dirt off, then I soaked the head of the brace in CLR and scrubbed it all clean. Then I used thin strips of sand paper to polish the brace crank.

I decided to replace the handles which weren’t in bad shape, they were just grimy and painted black. So I picked a piece of straight grained walnut for the handle. I drilled a 3/8” hole through it (the diameter of the crank) and used jam chucks to turn it on the lathe. After the handle was turned I split the handle in half with a knife and glued it back together around the brace. Because the walnut was straight grained it split nicely and glued back together seamless.

Then I got a blank for the front knob and drilled the hole for the quill to go in. I then cut the blank round and mounted it on the lathe with the quill in place. Then I turned the knob and used metal files to turn the quill nicely aswell.

The chuck was not originally all nice and shiny, it had some really ugly texture ingraved in it. Since that wasn’t acceptable I used jam chucks to turn the chuck on the lathe with metal files and sandpaper. Then all I had left to do was apply the linseed oil to the handles.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/





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#1 posted 02-04-2012 12:05 AM

Very nice brace restoration.

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#2 posted 02-04-2012 12:14 AM

Nice restoration. It’s always a pleasure to bring old disgarded tools back to life. Enjoy.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#3 posted 02-04-2012 12:17 AM

nice restore.

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#4 posted 02-04-2012 12:18 AM

Sounds like a lot of work but now it’s like new .good work.

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Brit

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#5 posted 02-04-2012 12:33 AM

That brace has got it going on Carter. Very nice work. Just curious, but if you drilled a 3/8” hole and then sawed the handle in half, the hole would no longer be circular when you glued it back together. Did you elongate the hole in the two halves to compensate for the wood that was removed by the saw kerf?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#6 posted 02-04-2012 12:46 AM

that is really really nice. looks brand new. u won’t find anything that well built too often. nice restore

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#7 posted 02-04-2012 12:49 AM

Beautifull job! Would have loved to see a before picture.

@Brit; I read it as he ‘split’ the turned handle and understood that he (using a wedge or something) split it like one would firewood. Then glued it back together. Thus no missing wood. But I may be wrong.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#8 posted 02-04-2012 01:25 AM

You are right Tokolosi. I split the handle with a jack knife, so there was no lost wood, therefore the 3/8” was still perfectly cylindrical. You must use a perfectly straight grained wood to do this. I chose walnut too because it usually splits very nice and clean.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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#9 posted 02-04-2012 01:43 AM

Thanks for explanation guys. Good to know.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#10 posted 02-04-2012 06:07 AM

Looks awesome….great job on it!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#11 posted 02-04-2012 10:30 PM

you did a really nice job there. I have an idenical brace which I restored, but you went a couple steps further than I did. Hmm…someday I’m removing that texture as you did and making new wooden parts.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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#12 posted 02-05-2012 01:42 AM

I would love to have on my bench for sure, it a beauty nice rehab….thanks for posting…BC

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#13 posted 02-05-2012 01:51 AM

Really super job on the restore.

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#14 posted 02-05-2012 08:23 AM

Nice save, hope it’s for use and not JUST a wall hanger.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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CartersWhittling

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#15 posted 02-06-2012 02:51 AM

I only buy tools for use. Although I do have it hanging on the wall when I am not using it.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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