Scrap wood Bit Brace

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Project by Ben posted 07-26-2009 07:26 AM 10576 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used one of these recently and had alot of fun. So I decided to make my own. I went and bought a keyless chuch and a screw to fit the reciever at home depot, but the rest of this is scrap wood (Ash and Red Oak) I had laying around the shop. The screw was epoxied into the brace no more than an hour before this post so I haven’t had a chance to test it yet, but I’ll be sure to put it through its paces tomorrow. I just guessed on the dimensions based on my hand size and the amount of scrap I had laying around.

As an addition to this post, I was able to use the tool today. I wanted to hog out most of the waste for the mortises in my workbench legs (posting soon) so I use my new brace. Well, the last picture speaks for itself. I was able to hog out most of the waste using a 7/8 inch auger bit in solid ash. It took quite a bit of muscle, but it went fairly quickly and painlessly. The epoxy held even with all of the torque I applied to the tool. I’m very pleased with the result.

Now if only I had a workbench to help me build my workbench.

-- Do something nice for somebody

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#1 posted 07-26-2009 08:03 AM

looks like a fun project … very neat looking too

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 07-26-2009 09:52 AM

Neat! Just goes to show that you don’t need much to make your own tools.

...and it’s cordless too!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 07-26-2009 12:12 PM

Very Cool!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 07-26-2009 03:35 PM

Nothing like making the tools yourself.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#5 posted 07-26-2009 04:28 PM

Nice post
this is the best part of wooding working
being able to make things

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#6 posted 07-26-2009 04:45 PM

Nice brace and bit. I think they call them. Pretty wood too. Looks like you torched it a little.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 07-26-2009 04:53 PM

Very cool making your own cordless drill


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#8 posted 07-26-2009 05:23 PM

You should submit this to a tool tips in the magazines, or to woodworking magazine. I have LOTS of magazines and have not seen a hand made brace like this in at least 20 years worth. Maybe one of the early Fine Woodworking.

Very cool idea, especially using that drill chuck from the BORG.


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#9 posted 07-27-2009 05:36 AM

thanks for all of your well wishes. I just edited the post to include pictures and a description of the brace and how it performs. I’ve also been thinking about sending something in to the magazines. It would be pretty awesome to get something put in there.

Again, thanks for all of your comments.

-- Do something nice for somebody

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#10 posted 07-28-2009 06:22 PM

cool project

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#11 posted 05-03-2010 01:37 PM

Cool idea. A simple and elegant way to build it. You mention that it was hard work to turn using that big auger bit. I think from the ones I have used that the swing of the hand applying the power is a bit longer. That would probably give a bit more leverage and make it easier to turn.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#12 posted 04-17-2011 03:00 PM

What a great cordless drill :) i have seen one like this made as benchdrill,and old smith was using it in his workshop.

Well done

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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