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Forum topic by perwilinder posted 02-23-2014 03:03 AM 1061 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2014 03:03 AM

Anyone here know the best place to purchase replacement jaws for a brace? Are they typically difficult to find? I have 2 places that I’ll call “maybes” local to me though I wont bet money on them. (FYI I have a Steelcraft)

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 07:15 PM

I wasn’t aware anyone made replacement parts for vintage braces. Especially not an uncommon brand like that. Best bet is probably ebay or finding a donor brace. You may be more likely to find a whole new chuck that will thread on than just one part, but try adding pictures and describing exactly which part is missing.

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#2 posted 02-23-2014 07:31 PM

Try Lie Neilsen. They still sell braces and may have spare parts that may or may not fit your brace.

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#3 posted 02-23-2014 07:37 PM

Stanley was the only one that I could find that was stocking parts, but that was about 15 years ago, do
not know if they still do.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 02-24-2014 07:40 AM

Wow! As a new member and this being my first post, I wasn’t sure what to expect but was surprised to have 3 responses so quickly. Thanks. Tim, I’m going to try to upload an image or two here so you can get a better view of what I have and need but I don’t have the pieces with me right now. These are the style jaws that have the spring that wraps through them both. After I posted this question I found a great blog here by Brit, and have began a complete restore. This brace was once my Grandfather’s so I’m hoping to restore it back to a nice working condition. Bluepine38, I will check into that and see if I can locate any diagrams that look like the ones I have and MrRon, I will look into your lead as well. Again guys, thanks for your assistance thus far.

And here is the complete brace.

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#5 posted 02-24-2014 08:20 AM

This is a little clearer.

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#6 posted 02-24-2014 12:41 PM

I have to agree with Tim, eBay or even Graig’s list has a few right now.

All depends on what you want to invest, personally I have a few Braces myself.
With a sharp bit, there great to use.

Being that is your Grandfathers Brace…priceless!

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#7 posted 02-24-2014 04:49 PM

That looks like a millers fall’s improved barber style brace. I would look for a rusted one at a flea market or on ebay… It might be worth trying some out to see if you can find a known model that fits.

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#8 posted 02-25-2014 04:01 AM

Thanks guys for the help, you all have blew we away with how friendly this page is and made me glad I joined up. acowboy, I’ve used this brace numerous times through the years and always enjoy it. A good brace with a sharp bit can’t be beat. In my opinion, if I’m going to be drilling a large hole I actually prefer this method due to the increased control and precision. Being that it was my Grandfather’s is just an incentive to get her back to where she needs to be, he would like that I’m sure. I’ve definitely got some homework and footwork to do now thanks to you all and your suggestions so hopefully I can post some pics soon of how the old girl turns out. I’m also looking forward to becoming more comfortable using all the features here and being more active on the site. Thanks again.

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#9 posted 02-25-2014 04:25 AM

Since it is a family heirloom tool, I would even consider having a jaw made at a machine shop. I do live in an area where there are dozens of machine shops in a town of 24,000 people so we are rich with them, I wouldn’t hesitate to have one made for my granddad’s brace. Look around first then keep this in mind.

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#10 posted 02-25-2014 04:32 AM

Thanks Grandpa! (Boy is that strange considering the topic here lol) I hadn’t even thought of that.

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#11 posted 02-26-2014 12:17 AM

Hello Perwilinder,

Looking at the photo of the good and broken jaws, only the tip is broken from the broken jaw. I believe the tip could be built up with a weld and then ground and filed to shape. If you can’t find someone local, I believe I could do the job. I live in Atlanta, GA. You could mail it to me.


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