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Forum topic by Jonathon Carrell posted 11-13-2017 06:06 AM 579 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jonathon Carrell

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11-13-2017 06:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drill

What (if any) are good options for new hand brace and rotary drills?

-- Jonathon Carrell, Alabama


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Just_Iain

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#1 posted 11-13-2017 03:42 PM

Good Morning Jonathon,

You could check out Lee Valley as they carry both: http://www.leevalley.com/us/?c=2

Iain

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#2 posted 11-13-2017 07:20 PM

Thanks for the recommendation. I noticed that they don’t specify a manufacturer, so is it safe to assume it is a product they manufacture themselves?

Does anyone have any experience with the LV Hand Braces?

-- Jonathon Carrell, Alabama

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#3 posted 11-13-2017 07:31 PM

No, unless it’s Veritas brand then Lee Valley is just reselling something from another manufacturer.

Highland Woodworking also has some braces and hand drills. The brace looks to be the same brand as the Lee Valley, but is cheaper. I’m guessing it’s a different model, but I don’t have a lot to go on.

I think this is one of those things where vintage is better. There are so many braces and eggbeater and breast drills to there that they can be had at reasonable prices even after cleaned up. If you’re interested there are some LJ members that sell them, post in the trade and swap forum.

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#4 posted 11-13-2017 11:21 PM

Jonathon, I would take Tim’s advise and inquire if anyone has one that is in good or better condition available for sale.

-- For those about to die, remember your bicycle helmet!

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#5 posted 11-14-2017 12:39 AM

I suppose I could spare one..

Eggbeaters,,

Braces….6” sweep up to a 14” sweep.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 11-14-2017 01:38 AM

Now that is a collection that brings a tear to an aspiring hand tool workers eye. Impressive sir.

-- Jonathon Carrell, Alabama

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TheFridge

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#7 posted 11-14-2017 02:39 AM

Vintage drills of your dreams thread is a good thread.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Jonathon Carrell

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#8 posted 11-14-2017 03:24 AM



Vintage drills of your dreams thread is a good thread.

- TheFridge

Thanks for the link!

Unfortunately, it’s slim pickings for vintage braces and rotaries in my area’s Craigslist. Just looking for something serviceable so I can avoid the power drills for woodworking.

-- Jonathon Carrell, Alabama

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#9 posted 11-14-2017 03:35 AM

Will need the drill bits as well….

I have one of each I can get rid of…....decide what “sweep” you would like to use…..then PM me…..

Note: Eggbeaters will take a “normal” round shank bit, like a power drill uses. Most two jaw braces will also take hex shank bits.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#10 posted 11-14-2017 04:30 AM

PM sent!

-- Jonathon Carrell, Alabama

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bandit571

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#11 posted 11-14-2017 04:43 AM

PM returned…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#12 posted 11-14-2017 12:26 PM

Fiskars make a surprisingly good modern egg-beater and they make a smaller one they call a “craft drill.” The weird handle works pretty well, but isn’t quite as good as a classic egg-beater for getting perfect alignment. I have one in my shop that has my countersink bit in it full-time though, and it’s perfectly serviceable for that.

For modern braces, there are three jaw (made for hex-shank and round shank bits) and four-jaw (made for old-school tapered-square shank bits) chucks. You’ll probably want one of each eventually.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#13 posted 11-14-2017 01:53 PM

Craigs list is probably not the best place to search for old drills. You’ll have much better luck at flea markets and garage sales. I usually see braces at antique stores in the $10-15 range. Egg beaters seem to be a little harder to find, but still in the same price range.
Unless you get lucky and find someone who actually took care of their old bits, you’ll need to spend time cleaning and sharpening. You’ll probably be better of with new bits.

-- Sawdust Maker

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bandit571

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#14 posted 11-14-2017 02:12 PM

Per request:

These seem to be by Millers Falls. 10” sweep, Berber Chuck, ratcheting. Medium sized eggbeater

Single speed. 1/4” capacity. As for the roll?

5pc set of HiKraft bits…1/4” up to 3/4”.

Might do as a starter set?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Jonathon Carrell

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#15 posted 11-14-2017 06:38 PM

PM Sent.

Thanks for sharing the pics. These look like they would get me started in the right direction!

-- Jonathon Carrell, Alabama

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