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Forum topic by Catlike posted 10-22-2015 12:02 AM 511 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Catlike

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10-22-2015 12:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question hand brace chuck

Is there such a thing as a keyed chuck I can buy for a hand brace?

The factory-provided chuck on the brace I have (and on all braces I’ve seen) absolutely does not grip the damn hex-shank drill bits that are predominant these days.

I would like to put a “regular drill” type of chuck (keyed or keyless) on a brace. Has anyone done this?

This is so frustrating!

-- Catlike


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#1 posted 10-22-2015 12:33 AM

You don’t need a keyed chuck, just a better brace. The better braces like the Yankee 2100 and some of the better Stanley and Millers Falls braces will hold hex shank bits just fine. I do it from time to time.
Here’s a list to get you started:
http://lumberjocks.com/WayneC/blog/38126

And some more details:
http://www.sydnassloot.com/Brace/Northb.htm
http://oldtoolheaven.com/brace/FeaturedBraces.htm
http://www.sydnassloot.com/Brace/Stanley.htm

If you really wanted to put a modern chuck on you’d just need to buy a good quality chuck and find a brace with a broken or damaged chuck, remove the chuck and have the end machined to accept the modern chuck.

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#2 posted 10-22-2015 05:18 AM

@Tim—thank you.

-- Catlike

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#3 posted 10-22-2015 05:52 PM

No problem, keep us posted on your results.

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