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Forum topic by Bob Babcock posted 06-20-2007 09:10 PM 1247 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bob Babcock

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06-20-2007 09:10 PM

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This was my grandfather’s brace. He did fine carpentry with it. I use it mostly for rustic mortices. It’s amazing how well it works. I can bore a clean 2” dia. hole in cedar 4” deep in less than a minute. The adjustable bits are my grandfathers also. The smaller one is adjustable from 7/8” to 1-1/2” the larger one from 1-3/4” to 3”. I touch up the blades every once in a while with a small diamond stone but that’s all I’ve done.

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Just like my when using my miter saw I can’t help but think how many times my father and grandfather used this tool over the years. I like my power tools but cherish using these tools whenever I can. I have no interest in cleaning and polishing them up. I like them just the way they are….paint drips and all.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 06-20-2007 09:19 PM

how special is this!!!!!!
and you continue to use them :D :D :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 06-20-2007 09:51 PM

My dad has something like that from his father. They are pretty bloody cool, aren’t they?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 06-21-2007 12:15 AM

Bob -

I think I have the same brace! It was given to me by my Father-In-Law. I also have some bits but not the adjustable type. I love the patina and smooth well worn handles. Mine has paint drips too! I agree – would not clean and polish.


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