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Forum topic by Lifesaver2000 posted 07-09-2018 04:15 PM 570 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2018 04:15 PM

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My brother recently acquired this tool (along with a bunch of others) from a deceased friend who was an avid American Civil War reenactor. This went as far as building his own cannon (a Parrott Rifle) from scratch from original drawings, and building a horse drawn wagon.

Along with a bunch of hand planes and other tools, my brother found this item:

As you can see, the item resembles a brace, but the chuck area is able to rotate and lock at 90 degree increments. Also, the “chuck” if that is what it is, slides out and opens. It looks like some kind of quick load/release mechanism for the bits (my brother hasn’t had the chance to try it with a bit yet).

Any ideas what this might be? We have done the usual Google image searches, with various words (rotating chuck, adjustable brace, etc) but no luck. Would like to get some idea what this is before posting it for sale on eBay.

And speaking of eBay, there is also a Bedrock 4-1/2C, complete, no damage or cracks, that should be getting listed soon, if anyone is interested in that type thing. I understand that plane is a bit less common than some others, so hoping that goes well. I wouldn’t mind keeping it for myself, but for what they seem to sell for, I can get by with my plain old Stanley Baileys.

Thanks for any help.


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#1 posted 07-09-2018 05:23 PM

Check with LJ http://lumberjocks.com/bandit571

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#2 posted 07-11-2018 06:20 PM

Maybe like a Speed-bar. Then folds down to go into the tool box….Maybe wire wheel the “arms” and see IF there is a logo?

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#3 posted 07-11-2018 09:02 PM

Thanks Bandit. My brother said he had cleaned it some already, but might have to get more aggressive. I guess if we can’t find out for sure what it is supposed to be, he can just sell it “as is.”

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#4 posted 07-12-2018 02:45 PM

May have been used to raise the awnings on old store fronts?

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#5 posted 07-12-2018 05:10 PM

That is an interesting idea.

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#6 posted 07-16-2018 10:16 PM

This is actually an adjustable wrench. I have one in my own collection, hanging with my braces. (Fun to mess with people’s mind when they see the “chuck”) These wrenches came into vogue about the same time as the “T” model Ford. Bear in mind that bolt heads and nuts at that time were SQUARE. You set the end of the wrench over the bolt (or nut), aligning two of the corners, slide the sleeve down to tighten the wrench on it and crank away to tighten or loosen. This was probably thought to be an improvement over having to buy a set of square nut driver attachments of various sizes for your brace.
Most of them I’ve seen have a metal rod that holds the “chuck” end in place. I’ve never seen one that pivots before. But, this would have been pretty handy for the owner who built “Civil War Era” or similar items.

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#7 posted 07-17-2018 02:05 PM

Thanks olegrump. Sorry I didn’t see your post sooner, but not had time to get on here for a few days.

I guess being able to pivot it over allows you to put a lot of torque on it too. We will give it a try.

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