Anyone know how to change the little brad in an antique.....

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02-22-2011 12:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood gauge antique brass brad replacement

I have an antique marking gauge made with mahagony and brass. and I need to replace the brad in it. Does anyone know or have an idea on how to replace the cutting brad in the end. Thanks.

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

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#1 posted 02-22-2011 12:55 AM

Other than snag the old one with vise-grips and pry it out, then pound a new one back in with a ball peen… Just kidding! Seriously, not a clue except for what I just said. Good luck! ;0)


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 02-22-2011 12:58 AM

Mike, if I’m understanding you correctly, that shouldn’t need replacing… and is usually steel…
If it isn’t exposed enough, they can be pulled out a little more with a pair of vise grips or a metal vise…
If it’s exposed too much, you can tap it in a little further by tapping the point on the metal vise and re-sharpening it…
You just don’t want to push-pull them, back and forth, too much or they’ll be too loose…
If that happens it will need replacing with something of similar shape, only a little bigger…
Hope this helps…
Oh, I forgot to mention… if it’s not exposed at all, or not enough for you to grab, they usually go right through anyway… meaning, you should be able to take a tiny brad and tap it out a little from the back side…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 02-22-2011 01:52 AM

Mike, I believe that littlecope is right on the money that is providing we both understand your question.


-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 02-22-2011 05:14 AM

well mike if you want to change the brad…it will depend on what you want to change it could change it to a frank or a tom or a harry or maybe even a charlie…but other then that..i dont know how else to change a brad….LOL…now i hope your laughing at that one…if not…dont be so cranky…hey you could change the brad to cranky…...ok…maybe it was all a bad joke…or maybe not…lol….......did it work…grizz

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#5 posted 02-22-2011 06:10 AM

That actually sounds like a brad joke… get it brad joke ok, too much. I’ll stop now… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 02-22-2011 06:17 AM

If you needed to replace a pun, Mike, you would be in great luck. Instead of brads, you might want to just replace your friends :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#7 posted 02-22-2011 01:50 PM

Yall stop with the nail jokes ya killin me

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#8 posted 02-22-2011 06:35 PM

Yeah, we’re getting a whole new meaning of getting our nails redone… (Sorry, couldn’t help myself. I’ll stop now, I think.)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 02-25-2011 02:07 PM

Thanks guys for all the *helpful” hints. I may be able to grab it with a pair of needlenose pliers. Thanks for jokes too, I wouldn’t expect any less from you guys. LOL God Bless, mike

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

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