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Forum topic by Bearcontrare posted 05-26-2021 04:41 PM 599 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bearcontrare

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05-26-2021 04:41 PM

Here is my latest find. A full set of Craftsman brace bits in a plastic box. The bits are held by inserting the shank into the bottom holder and pressing down on a spring. The bit is pressed down far enough to clear the plastic strip on the top. Align the lead with hole in the top strip and the spring holds it in place. The case needs a little cleaning and a couple of very minor repairs, but otherwise in very good shape.
It looks like only two of the bits have been used, and that too, only a couple of times. (Based on the borings still attached to them)
No idea when this was made. No numbers anywhere on the case. Had thought I’d transfer the bits to one of my wooden bit boxes, bit after seeing how well this box works, I may well just leave it as is.
You see how nicely it fits in the benchtop tool rack, just below the brace handing on bent conduit straps.

-- Barry, in Maryland


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#1 posted 05-26-2021 05:04 PM

Looking at the lettering on the case, and seeing that is the famous Craftsman grey and red, it’s probably 1960s, early 70s. Any thoughts here?

-- Barry, in Maryland

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#2 posted 05-26-2021 06:22 PM

Very nice bits, you don’t see complete sets very often, at least around here. Great find!

-- “Often wrong but never in doubt”. Dave in WV.

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#3 posted 05-26-2021 06:34 PM

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#4 posted 05-26-2021 09:40 PM

These bits have a capital letter “D” inside a circle. Couldn’t find that mark on any of the sites listing Craftsman marks. Oh well. The bits are nice, and the case is cool. I like it, anyway…...

I’m sure y’all enjoy seeing that I used only the finest in “Free-Ninety-Nine” crate wood from Craigslist for my bench top tool rack….. That’s about the only lumber I can afford these days…... 8-)

-- Barry, in Maryland

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#5 posted 06-05-2021 01:19 PM

Follow up: The case has been cleaned and minor repairs done. Been using these for a couple of weeks now. Hafta say I’m liking this case much more than I originally thought I would. It sure holds the bits tightly while protecting the leads and the shanks.
I have a couple of wooden boxes that are nice also and a couple of rolls. Living in the tool rack this case is very handy. The bits are held so securely, and the size is so convenient, (most rolls are kinda bulky) this might become my “Grab and go” bit case when I need to do a project somewhere outside of the shop.

-- Barry, in Maryland

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#6 posted 06-05-2021 04:24 PM

Barry, I have the same set. They are my outdoor and traveling users of choice. Good bits for most situations.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 06-05-2021 08:54 PM

TOF, Knowing the kind of work you get into, this set couldn’t come with a higher recommendation for “grab and go”. Your input on the subject is both valued and appreciated!!!


Barry, I have the same set. They are my outdoor and traveling users of choice. Good bits for most situations.

- theoldfart


-- OleGrump

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#8 posted 06-05-2021 09:21 PM

Barry – What are the size intervals? Could the “D” indicate decimal sizes? Most of the older sets I’ve seen have oak layers with shaped “slots” for each size.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#9 posted 06-06-2021 06:45 AM


Looking at the lettering on the case, and seeing that is the famous Craftsman grey and red, it s probably 1960s, early 70s. Any thoughts here?

- Bearcontrare

Not sure when they started with them, but I started working at Sears in 72, and they had them then. Simply due to the plastic they probably didn’t start a lot before then. Even when I started still most of the boxed sets of wrenches, drill bits etc, came in a metal box with a clasp. It wasn’t until mid 80’s that almost everything had gone to plastic, or cardboard boxes.

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#10 posted 06-06-2021 07:45 PM

Phil, These are in regular 1/16th intervals from 4 to 16. I’ve read that the circle D is a daye code of some kind. Just haven’t been able to find that particular mark in any of the listings I’ve seen online. To be fair, most of the sites have been more concerned with mechanics tools rather than woodworking items.
Case design is very good for protecting the bits.

-- Barry, in Maryland

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#11 posted 06-06-2021 09:58 PM

Nice find, I found a stack of those a few weeks ago at a estate sale, 35 in all, some of the same size, only missing a 13. Have #3 – #16 and there are a few larger ones to. And I scored a couple of braces to boot.

-- Eric, building the dream

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