Keen Kutter KR12 Resto...

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Project by Axle505 posted 07-29-2016 06:53 PM 1365 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found this brace at a Pocatello, ID. antique shop a couple doors from where Judy Garland was born. The brace cost $5.00 and is probably as old as Garland, RIP. It was pretty rusty! I had never worked with a brace before, so I reviewed some instructional vids on how to restore one. After some elbow grease, I found this tool to be a Keen Kutter KR12, circa 1920s and 30s. I have not found a lot of info on these. But from what I have read, the top is supposed to be Lingen Vitae and the grip Rosewood. The grip, however, broke in half in my hands during cleanup, so some repair was in order. I would work on the thing in the evenings during my family’s road trip to Yellowstone. In the end, I’m happy with it. A nice souvenir!

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#1 posted 07-29-2016 10:57 PM

Nice restore, Axle. Got any before pictures? Did you repair or replace the grip? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 07-29-2016 11:15 PM

Ugh, no. I gotta remind myself to take “before pics.” Everything is original—just pulled out the CA, Titebond II and went for it. I found there was crusted rust under the grip that created too much friction under the wood creating stress cracks. At least, that is how I think the problem with the grip started—understandable for a 100 year old tool! I got rid of the rust with a wire brush and applied grease on the brace shaft before gluing the reworked grip halves together. The grease, very little, ensured the grip would not adhere to the metal after clamping, and would insure smooth operation of the grip when in use. I hope it works, so far so good!

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