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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 02-10-2014 01:44 PM 1108 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BinghamtonEd

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02-10-2014 01:44 PM

I picked this lot up for $20 yesterday. Since most of my woodworking happens at night now when my wife and daughter are asleep, I’ve been stepping up my hand tool usage. I primarily wanted the chisels/gouges, but I wasn’t going to turn down the other stuff in the lot. The guy was an older gentleman who said these we’re his grandfather’s who passed away in 1912 (although I’m betting the brace was not). The tools were all in great shape and this is how they came, I didn’t even dust them off.


Chisels and a couple gouges. One is Buck Brothers, and the others are Butcher and say Sheffield, England.


Millers Falls chest drill. Patent date (readable portion, says 1880-something). It looks to be a 13A with the level removed. There are holes where it would have been mounted.


Yankee 1431 drill from North Bros in Philadelphia. Probably also not his Grandfather’s as it appears to be too new, but before they were bought out by Stanley.


Sears brace, model 4241 (10).


Lots of bits. Most of the auger bits are JT Pugh. There are some countersinks, some cold chisels, nail sets…Can someone tell me what the bit is on the bottom row, second from thee left?

Not pictured are a smaller adjustable auger bit and a not so old dial saw bit which, once resharpened, should be much better and safer than my HF circle cutter.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 01:58 PM

Butcher chisels … nom nom nom. You’re gonna like those Ed. Nice haul buddy.

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VCF

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#2 posted 02-10-2014 01:58 PM

Good find!
It’s hard to tell what kind of point that bit has you asked about. I would guess its a masonry bit.

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BinghamtonEd

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 02:06 PM

That’s kinda what I was thinking too, VCF. The tip on the end is somewhat like a tile bit, but it has the threaded portion above. But the threads don’t appear to be used to thread into anything, as the diameter of the cutting tip is as wide as the outer diameter of the threads. Maybe it’s just to clean the hole or provide support for deeper drilling.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Don W

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#4 posted 02-10-2014 02:11 PM

Nice haul Ed.

I agree, the bit you asked about is a masonry bit.

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BinghamtonEd

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 02:19 PM

My wife and I are going up to Rochester this weekend with out daughter, one of the stops will be woodcraft. She surprised me and told me I should replace my $8 craftsman dovetail saw with one of the Veritas ones I’ve been drooling over. I’m thinking the 14 TPI. Will probably get a crosscut saw later this year. I have some left over cherry, I think my trial run of the new saw might just have to be a drill/brace/bit cabinet.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 02:45 PM

W. Butcher cast steel items have been on my collecting list for years. Excellent steel, and hold an edge well.
Uhhh, you’re gonna have a tough time with that masonry bit using the brace. :)
Bill

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BinghamtonEd

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 02:49 PM

No plans to use the masonry bit in the brace :) The masonry bit will most likely get tossed in the drawer of misfit bits, never to be seen again.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 02:50 PM

You have a teeny tiny masonry bit in that bottom row too, probably for mounting things like towel bars etc. in a ceramic tiled bathroom. Nice score.

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BinghamtonEd

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#9 posted 02-10-2014 02:55 PM

Yes, and there is actually an even smaller one, maybe 1/16”. It’s there, but small enough that another bit must’ve rolled on top of it. It is probably used for mounting a broken off piece of a 1/16” masonry bit in masonry.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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carver1942

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#10 posted 02-10-2014 03:06 PM

Great find!! Many woodworkers don’t realize you can get some high quality chisels at a good price at flea markets and Craig’s List. They may not look as fancy as the high priced ones in the catalogs, but if you can find name brand ones they are sometimes better in quality than modern ones. Good luck and enjoy your find.
regards
Ed

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