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    Under appreciated brace and bit

    While repairing the bed today I pulled out my trusty Stanley #59(?) drill guide, a 7/16" auger and my brace to drill some dowel holes. This bit happens to be one of the better ones I own. (I am looking for a good set right now). I had sharpened this one and it has a good lead screw on the end. As I was drilling the holes I realized that it was just about as fast as my power drill was. By the time I could find it and an extension cord it would probably be quicker.

    When I went to put the dowels in place they were just like they are supposed to be. Straight and tight. I only had to do 8 holes but it made me realize just how unappreciated this tool is. Seems to me the orignal cordless drill still has a place in the modern work shop. It does mine!
    Last edited by Jeff Horton; 12-01-2006 at 02:27 AM. Reason: Because I can't spelllll

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    I have one brace and bit and it is "permanently" equipped with a hex adaptor (LVT sells them) and a Robertson (square) bit.

    With that brace I can put a lot more torque than my cordless drill. I often use it for tightening screws that didn't quite make it.

    Extremely usefull.

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    Hi Jeff, braces are one of my main weaknesses.

    Got one or two. Most are already set up holding the [insert various kinds of drilling bits here] bits and chamfer bits I use most. Then there are the few duplicate braces which remain free of bits for the odd times I need a different size.

    I like the control a brace gives, no batteries to recharge. And they are great for driving big screws.

    Thanks for posting this.

    Take care, Mike
    Wenzloff & Sons Sawmakers

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    I recently acquired a set of screw driver bits and I am impressed using it with them. As cheap as braces are and now that I have my new bench built where I can store them. I am seriously thinking about buying up several so that they can be ready for action and not have to swap bits out. I figure if I watch Ebay for a few weeks someone will have a 3 or 4 together at a good price.

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    Hi Jeff, yep, often someone will offer a set of 3 or 4 in graduated sizes and these can go pretty reasonable.

    For counter sinks, my fav are 6" models as one can really spin them. Of course, that's if I don't use one of the geared hand drills.

    Another type I use frequently, especially when drilling overhead, is the small corner ratcheting braces. I also use one when driving 1/4" lag bolts.

    Ah, so many great tools, so little time...Mike
    Wenzloff & Sons Sawmakers

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