In my continuing
series on the bit braces I purchased in an eBay
lot we come to the little unmarked one.
This brace is quite small at
only 8.5 inches from top handle to chuck, and looks to be
cobbled together from other parts. It’s pretty much a face
only a mother could love.
The top handle looks to be
salvaged from another brace as its workmanship is much more
precise than the rest of the brace. It is made of a
beautiful wood that appears to be rosewood.
Furthering this idea of the top
handle being salvaged is the crude way in which it is
attached to the brace. Basically it appears to be secured
with a washer, or iron ring, and then the center of the
brace was simply peened over to keep it on. While this
cobbled together arrangement is a little loose, it does
The side handle of the brace is
slightly swelled to fit the hand a bit better. The “throw”,
or distance the side handle is offset from the centerline,
is about 3 inches. This would make the “sweep,” or twice the
distance of the “throw,” at 6 inches.
As a side note, braces are
labeled by their “sweep,” so this would be labeled as a
6-inch brace. Thanks to the principle of the lever, smaller
braces have less torque, but can be turned a bit faster.
That means this brace was not originally meant for heavy