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08-06-2015 12:43 PM

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I just inherited a brace that was my grandfather’s. I don’t know exactly how old it is. It’s a Stanley H1250A, I think from the Handy Man series. If anyone knows what time frame they’re from, I’d love to know that. It’s in remarkable condition, but the jaws are a bit odd. I don’t know if it’s intentional, or if one of the jaws doesn’t belong, but one is a good bit thinner than the other, and this causes them to come out of the chuck crooked.

I was thinking it was just worn different because I first saw it at the tips coming out of the jaw, but then I looked better, and the asymmetry is the same down the entire length of the jaws. Interestingly, the teeth mesh together perfectly, so they appear to match.

When I got it, the thinner of the two wasn’t properly attached to the spring, and I had to hammer/punch the nub-ish part down around the spring to hold it. Perhaps it was a replacement that wasn’t quite right. Anyone have any ideas on this?

(Picture as straight on as I could manage)


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#1 posted 08-06-2015 05:10 PM

In LJ Brit’s brace restore blog, here:
http://lumberjocks.com/Brit/blog/25435
And video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnjtGKIksXs

cover that a bit, especially the video. I can’t tell you what to fix, but my guess is the machining wasn’t done that well. If you compare to Handyman line planes they often have machining mistakes, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that happened here. If you have the right machining skills you can fix or replace anything of course.

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#2 posted 08-06-2015 11:01 PM

I unfortunately don’t feel I have the skill to pull off bringing the high side down as much as necessary to match the other with the tools I have. Honestly, it would be quite an impressive mistake if it is indeed a machining error. They both look perfect, just, not quite the same.

Is there anywhere that I would be able to get a new set of jaws, or do those tend to come with braces now?

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#3 posted 08-06-2015 11:15 PM

HERE you go …

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#4 posted 08-06-2015 11:48 PM

Nice. That’s pricey for a set of jaws. Normally I’d say you’d be better off looking for another Stanley 1250 brace that’s not in good shape and take its jaws, but having the compatible jaws now might be worth it to you. Pricey might be worth it for grandpa’s brace.

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#5 posted 08-06-2015 11:55 PM

They’re only around $10 from Stanley. Of course they’re not in stock. I’ll have to poke around. There’s no reason they would be intentionally lopsided, right?

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#6 posted 08-07-2015 04:05 AM

^No – there’s no good reason.

Moreover, if they’re bad enough, the bit would describe an eccentric circle as it revolved.

I fully believe that if you keep an eye open, you can pick up another Handyman brace (same model) for peanuts—no insult intended but these are not an in-demand item.

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#7 posted 08-07-2015 11:15 AM

Yeah, you can obviously tell with the long drills that it’s coming out a good few degrees from the axis of the chuck/head. I don’t have any imminent need to use it (other than desire), so I’ll just be on the lookout for new jaws or a whole new brace. I know there is more of my gradfather’s stuff that I’m getting, it’s just a bit obstructed with garage stuff right now. There may even be something that I need.

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