New Life for a Yankee

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Blog entry by hhhopks posted 03-22-2012 11:47 PM 2103 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I probably have spent more than I should at a recent tool sale. However, I could claim that I did manage to have a great find. As I was leaving, I noticed a pile of braces. Well, I already have a few and I also was interested in finding the missing jaws for my Yankee. Why not, I dig in to the pile. Since the Yankee has a distinct look with a button for ratchet control, it didn’t take long to find one. Yes, it is old and showed signs of age. Here are the pictures.

The handle measures 5 inch from center, so it is a 10 inch sweep.

The knob and handles are in pretty good shape. Both turn quite well.

The metal parts definitely show signs of age. The ratchet button does go in and out and the ratchet action appears to be working. You can hear the bearing spins.

The jaws do have a lot of rust. It will open and close

From the pictures you could clearly see the patina was damaged by a recent magic marker. Yes, someone had written “3.00”. Those marking must be removed. Surely this brace deserves a better status. Yes, I did pay $3.00 for it.

I will blog my restoration following Master Brit’s advice. He had previously suggested that I do a blog on refurbish a brace when I first joined LJ. I went on to do something else instead (restoring a woodworking vise). Needless to say, I’ll reference back to Brit’s blog (actually a very in depth tutorial on restoring a brace).

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 09:58 AM

Well you can’t go wrong for $3.00 really can you? What a great find. Congratulations. I’m sure you’ll have it working beautifully in no time. If the ratchet works OK, I wouldn’t bother dismantling it as they can be difficult to put back together correctly. Just keep putting some oil in the holes and spinning the ratchet and the rust will work it’s way out.

$3.00!!! Why can’t I be that lucky?

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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