Wimble, Brace and a Modern Bit of Creativity

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Project by jjw5858 posted 02-23-2012 11:35 PM 2883 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey there Lumber Jock gang!, hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

Well….. loving handtools as you know I do, I have always loved these old braces made of wood….but I just plain do not have the 100-150 plus bucks to plunk down for one….lmao.

So even though in my mind I really one day hoped to try such a ambitious endeavour of making one….I was not sure if that day would come….and how the hell I was gonna do it…lol

I just love these things…..these puzzles to create from wood using tools that tame our patience and over zealous instincts…....written plans are used little for my works, which I admit is not a strength…but I suppose some good things can come from it.

Just as a trio of Jazz musicians find their groove and make something not to be repeated with melody and improvasation, my concert is with saw, shavings and chisels.

So then…..I had two slabs of Oak…..some glue….some clamps….and hit go with some fear and hope…that I might produce something close to an older stlye Wimble or Brace…(Wimble being a very historic term for the modern brace and bit….oh wait…brace and bit???....guess thats not modern either anymore, whooops….haaa…..ok…..power drill!

Next I drew out my pattern…some old style….some of my own style….traced it on the piece….and bow sawed my brains out…..which explains why I then began to wrestle this mighty Oak with rasps, files and a hand spokeshave…..yikes….this stuff is like a smiling piece of granite with sharp tools to boot….lmao (OK it was not that bad…lol)

I then contoured as best as well as hand sanded. Then I turned the Poplar dowel into a nice curved wooden chuck piece trying to keep the historical vibe in its theme.

Reading on the internet I found a small few that tried this brace making business…but some very handy advice was to just salvage an old brace top with a hacksaw….and use that for your top pad…..and will say…works very nice….and the brace was very old and a junker so if you may want to make one…pick up a scrapper at your local auction for 3 bucks…and use it for the top!

The other handy advice was getting a spring loaded chuck……..I wedged into my Poplar chuck…or ornamentation…and have a modern Irwin springloader for my Irwin spade bits…...take that Moxon!

All in all a very challengeing and good learning experience….it is the first time I ever had a go at making one…..but I would do it again…with a lighter wood….easier to

The brace turns fine with a only a little wobble in my wimble….but hey…. I can always call the doctor concerning that…LOL…no really, bores pretty cleanly…..and also very comfortable to use!

I hope this may be some enjoyment to any of the members out there…thanks so much for all of the inspirational comments and great projects.

Be well and great shavings!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 12:12 AM

At least you were worried about coming up with a wimble instead of a wimple, which may have given you a whole new perspective!

The Brace looks good!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 12:22 AM

That’s a fine looking tool, had I not known it I would think it was good old fashion craftsmanship from over 50 years ago. It’s just good old fashioned craftsmanship from a few weeks ago.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 12:31 AM

A fine looking brace very well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 11:41 AM

Nice !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 02-24-2012 12:32 PM

What a wonderful job you have done on that brace.
I like your inovative thinking and think it’s fine to mix as you go when we try to make tools.
Looking really good.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 02-24-2012 11:30 PM

Sweet! Very cool hand tool. Lots of hard work but very worth it.

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

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#7 posted 02-25-2012 04:37 AM

JOE that is a very nice brace and that it is usable with modern bits is a bonus .
Another fine hand tool in your collection , just great stuff you come up with .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 03-02-2012 02:51 PM

Very nice! I love shop made tools.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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