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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 06-19-2015 01:18 PM 808 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BinghamtonEd

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06-19-2015 01:18 PM

So I was doing the neighborhood yard sale with my daughter last weekend, and I picked up a nice Stanley brace for $1. Score. Then the guy asked me if I wanted this for $1, and I said sure. The chances that I will ever use this are slim to none, but I figure if nothing else, it’s a nice wall decoration for the shop.

The chuck says Millers Falls on it, but that’s all I can make out. I haven’t cleaned it up at all yet. I don’t even know what this would be used for. It has the handle out at an angle like a joist drill, but it has a plate for bracing against it on one end. I don’t know if this is a chest brace, or maybe you could put your knee against it for drilling holes down low? I also don’t know if this is an original item, or if it’s a modification of one.

- It appears to be missing a piece, if you look on the bottom side, above the chuck, there is a hole that looks like something should be in there.
- Up near the top, the wing-nut style sleeve on the end loosens and tightens, allowing you to slide the bracing pad (or whatever its called) to change the angle of the pad to the rod it mounts on.
- The thumbscrew on the handle allows you to change the sweep of the handle by sliding the rod towards or away the drive shaft.
- The angle of the drive shaft (sorry, don’t know the correct term) to the chuck is non-adjustable. I’ve seen other braces that have some adjustability, but this appears to be fixed.

So, can anybody figure this one out?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 01:59 PM

Ive never seen nothing like it. Does it turn the chuck? Could it be missing the gears? A quick search on old tool heaven’s MF page doesn’t turn up anything. Im intrigued.

The only thing that looks close is the No. 666.

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 03:29 PM

It looks like what they called corner brace. I have seen a 502 model but not this one.

here is a link to images:
They sell for about $15-$25

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#3 posted 06-19-2015 04:21 PM

Corner brace or knee brace.
I noticed the adjustable handle.

Cool tool.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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BinghamtonEd

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#4 posted 06-19-2015 04:44 PM

I might have to do a little cleanup on this to see if I can find any markings, so far I have not. I see the corner braces, but I can’t find any that have the handle off to the side and the chest/knee brace on them. I’m thinking that the piece that is missing is probably a stationary handle to hold with your other hand.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 06-20-2015 03:03 AM

Yea, something is missing there for sure.

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#6 posted 06-20-2015 03:52 PM

Definitely different, now that you have us curious, please let us know what you find out.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 06-22-2015 01:32 AM

Update : I’ve done some more searching and identified the brace. It was created my Stephen McClellan, who patented a couple braces and drills while working as a salesman for the MF company, and used their chucks. I think this is a pretty neat piece. I might post it over in the swap and see if anyone has a router or rabbet plane that needs some cleaning up for it, but otherwise it’ll probably just go on the wall.

http://www.nzvtcc.org.nz/ftools1.htm

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#8 posted 06-22-2015 01:59 AM

Here’s my corner brace, Ed! Yours seems to be a much rarer, earlier version and yours incorporates a breastpiece to the corner brace design. Indeed, they were used for boring a hole in a floor, close to a wall where the swing of a normal bit brace made it impossible to get close enough. They certainly have value, but I hesitate to wear out my good bits so I rarely reach for a brace of any kind.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#9 posted 06-22-2015 03:26 PM

Thanks for the update Ed. Nice to see that you had to use a New Zealand scource to find out about an
old USA drill. As the tool man would say, “We just have to put a bigger motor on it.”

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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