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I decided to make another brace. This is small, to be used as would an eggbeater, such as for drilling holes for screws. It can also be used as a driver.

The total length is 400mm (15 3/4") with a 100mm (4") throw.

Materials: West Australian She-oak body and Tasmanian Blackwood pad.





The pad …



An old, rusty Stanley brace sacrificed itself for the upper connection. This turns so sweetly.



Finally, the chuck is made from a spring-loaded clip-on driver holder. I wire brushed the anodising back to a steel finish.



Construction: after bandsawing out the basic shape, the final body shape was achieved with rasps and scrapers. Sandpaper to smooth. Oil, shellac and wax to finish.

Thanks for looking.

Regards from Perth

Derek

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looks awesome
great work
 

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that is SWEET .
 

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very nice…looks to good to use :)
 

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Very nice! Where did you find the hardware for this?
 

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Beautiful wood. My meager piece of She-Oak is too precious to use for a tool. I'd love to get some Tasmanian Blackwood with some crazy graining! Alas, it's probably firewood in your neighborhood. I have maple and blackwalnut to trade!
 

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Amazing tool!....is this type of wood special for tools?
 

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She-oak is an extremely hard wood with considerable interlinked grain. This is what makes it ideal for this purpose. A lesser wood would flex or break. This stuff is like steel!

Here is a link to a list of international timbers. You can look up their hardness/density ratings, etc:
http://www.worldwideflood.com/ark/wood/timber_list.htm

I frequently use Jarrah (hardness rated here at 8.5), Karri (9.0) and She-oak (14). By comparison, look at the ratings for USA Sugar Pine (1.2), Poplar (2.3), White Oak (6.0) and hard Maple (6.9).

Regards from Perth

Derek
 

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Beautiful and functional tool ! The grain in both species is wonderful and your finish looks flawless : )
 

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Very nice! I, too would like some info on where to find the hardware. Thanks for the inspiration!
 

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Beautiful looking tool. Great job.
 

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Thats cool…I would be afraid to use it for fear of scratching it..
 

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I like it!
Thanks for sharing it with us.
 

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OK, the mechanical bits and pieces …

The chuck is, in fact, a spring-loaded clip in adapter for a drill, used for quick changes of bits.



Regards from Perth

Derek
 

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As usual - phenomenal and inspiring! Thanks for the post, and for the details
 

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Derek, does the she-oak keep that color or does it change with exposure to UV??

fred
 

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Derek thanks for the link to wood hardness values. I've just decided that my workbench is going to have a Bluegum top. I can get it a lot easier than the hard Maple that I was thinking of using. I can get tons of Bluegum for free, but hard Maple is imported.

Bluegum also has the interlinked grain you mention for the She-Oak, so it should work well for all sorts of tools and handles. I wasn't thinking of using it until I saw (via your link) how hard it is. It's harder than Jarrah!?? Wow!!
 
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