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Forum topic by Jarrett posted 11-23-2015 03:00 AM 821 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jarrett

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11-23-2015 03:00 AM

I may have gotten a little excited and spent too much, but I found a Miller Falls ratcheting auger handle with four bits for $30. Handle is in great condition, bits are pretty good, could use a touch with the file. Can’t wait to dispose of all old T handles.

Can anyone point me towards any info about B.h&m brace? I got a 337 in a box of tools deal and don’t know a thing about the company or brace.

-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com


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#1 posted 11-23-2015 04:04 AM

Woah, that’s really cool. I don’t know what they’re worth, but that seems well worth it for the working handle and four bits. What size is that larger one?

I’ve heard people say the T handles have gotten harder to find since Roy Underhill spoke highly of them. You may want to hang on to them if you don’t have a need for the space. But of course, sending them on to another woodworker that will appreciate them is good too.

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 12:38 PM

Thanks Tim, I shared the same thoughts when I dug it up from the bottom of a tool bin.
The largest bit is 2”, then 1”, 7/8”, 5/8”. To my surprise the old 2” can still devour some wood! The 5/8” needs quite a bit of work on the lead screw. I’m going to keep the ratchet handle to use in the shop and use the regular wooden T-handles out on the house-site where if they get dropped off of scaffolding, I’ll give second thought before jumping off after them.

-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com

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WoodNSawdust

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#3 posted 11-23-2015 12:47 PM

Looks like you got a good find. I would definitely keep them.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Tim

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#4 posted 11-23-2015 05:09 PM


I m going to keep the ratchet handle to use in the shop and use the regular wooden T-handles out on the house-site where if they get dropped off of scaffolding, I ll give second thought before jumping off after them.

- Jarrett


Haha, good idea.

I don’t know what you mean here:


Can anyone point me towards any info about B.h&m brace? I got a 337 in a box of tools deal and don t know a thing about the company or brace.
- Jarrett

Is that the marking’s on this ratcheting T handle or another brace?

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Jarrett

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#5 posted 11-24-2015 12:30 PM

Sorry for the confusion, the question of the markings is on a seperate brace…it’s the one pictured here. I can make out B.H&M on one side, and on the othe it’s pretty banged up, but I can make out B…..ass. The middle Letters are worn out and I can’t make them out, so I don’t know if someone was being funny with their name inscribing, or if it came factory like that. It’s marked 337 on lower side of brace. Only info I can find on brace/company is just sale posts on eBay.

-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com

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#6 posted 11-24-2015 01:58 PM

B.H&M is probably Belknap Hardware and Mfg. Co.
B…..ass = Bluegrass, which was their house brand.

look at Belknap here for some links http://www.timetestedtools.com/other-plane-brands.html

Edit: Oh, and very cool ratchet T.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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Jarrett

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#7 posted 11-24-2015 02:41 PM

Wow! Great link and spot on with the info! Now to try and actually be productive at work and not get lost in reading history of tools with the link you sent me!
Thanks!

-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com

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#8 posted 11-24-2015 07:10 PM

Thanks Don, I’ve got a couple of tools labeled Bluegrass and didn’t know what it was.

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#9 posted 12-01-2015 07:08 AM

Woah, Do the handles unscrew so you can set it up like an L instead of T? Never seen that, looks neat. Those augers seem very finely made, too.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#10 posted 12-28-2015 03:13 PM

Indeed they do Allen! I would have killed for this Auger set-up back when I was building log homes and needed that one hole in the corner for pex or wiring! Works much better than my Mil. 90 degree drill!.

-- Jarrett http://www.cattywampuswoodworks.com

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