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Forum topic by Carpintero posted 606 days ago 740 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Carpintero

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606 days ago

I’m looking for a hand drill/bit brace primer. How to use, techniques for different materials/goals, types of bits, etc. I ordered a copy of Watson’s Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings. Maybe that will cover what I’m looking for, I dunno.


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#1 posted 606 days ago

There is someone on ebay selling reprints of some of the old Stanley instructional posters and there is one on hand drills. This should be a link http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-STANLEY-TOOLS-Educational-WOODWORKING-POSTER-Chart-HAND-DRILL-Auger-Bits-/290834830925?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43b71b564d

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#2 posted 605 days ago

This series includes restoration techniques. If you just want use info, skip to the latter parts. But every single entry is worth the read. Andy covers the ground quite well. So far, it’s been the only series I’ve needed to make very decent holes.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#3 posted 605 days ago

Whoaaaa….that wasn’t a primer, it was a dissertation! I already learned more in 5 minutes than I knew in 50 years.

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#4 posted 597 days ago

So, I always see auger bits mentioned in conjunction with bit braces. Why is that? Should I not use other types like spade bits or Forstner bits for example? (cuz I’ve done both, and hope I don’t get kicked out of Lumberjocks for it) Or is the auger simply the most eh…politically and historically correct?

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#5 posted 597 days ago

Braces are slow speed drills with a fair amount of torque. The auger bits made for braces (not high speed augers), have a screw point to pull the the bit into the wood. Side cutters for the sides of the hole, blades to hog out the bulk of the hole, and a cork screw to lift the chips out of the hole. This design of the bits enable the slow speed brace to drill a hole as fast as a higher speed drill.

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#6 posted 597 days ago

ah-hah! I knew there had to be a reason. I had not done any speed tests, but now I will. :-)

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