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Forum topic by jack43 posted 12-19-2013 07:03 PM 1408 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2013 07:03 PM

A friend gave me an old wooden hand brace. I can’t find any identification on it but would like to get an approximate date of manufacture and see if I can find an auger that will fit it. It’s about 14” long, all wood except the brass “chuck” (no inlaid brass segments around the handle), and will accept a 3/8 sq. tapered bit. Inside the chuck there is a tab and a button on the outsde but it does not seem to want to move. I have put a little light oil in and am hopeing it will loosen up. Any ideas of how to date it or where to find a bit? I have a few bits that will fit but they are not notched for the tab. Can I notch one of the bits I have and if so how? I don’t intend to use it but would like to hang it in my shop. Thanks for any input.

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#1 posted 12-19-2013 07:10 PM

It sounds like you’re describing an old bit brace:

You can notch a regular auger bit end to make it fit.
As for age/ID/value, a vague description of 14”, all wood with brass chuck. will get you a vague answer like “it’s old, worth about $2-$2000” They were made for too long, by too many people/companies to even begin to guess without at least pics.

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 07:57 PM

Haha, yeah pictures might help.

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 11:37 PM

Ok, guys, this is my first forum experience and I’m an old geezer with very little computer experience. But, my eldest son, the IT/tech support professional is home for Christmas and loaded these photos for me. So – now- anyone have any idea how old it might be?

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