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James E McIntyre

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06-09-2021 05:52 PM

I recently bought a Stanley #945 10” Bit Brace. $19.95 + $13.50 shipping.

It hasn’t arrived yet.


Does anyone know if the Lee Valley Japanese Wood Owl hex shank auger bits or any hex bits will fit this Brace?

I don’t own any square tapered shank head Irwin or Jennings auger bits.
I bought this tool to add to my Stanley collection.

I’m hesitant to buy the vintage style bits on line because I can’t really tell if the tips or cutters are in good shape, or the bit is straight.

Thanks LJ Buddies for any help.

Best Regards’
James Mc

-- James E McIntyre


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Madmark2

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#1 posted 06-09-2021 06:09 PM

If the brace takes large square shank bits then small hex bits (or any round bit for that matter) will be problematic.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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controlfreak

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

A lot of the “vintage” bits have worn screws. Anyone know the best place to find new versions of these bits?

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Ocelot

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#3 posted 06-09-2021 07:01 PM

Toolsforworkingwood.com has ‘em. They are very pricy!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 06-09-2021 07:11 PM


Toolsforworkingwood.com has em. They are very pricy!

- Ocelot

Thanks Ocelot.
I looked and your right they are $$$.
But it’s a good source. Sometimes cheap is more expensive. You have to buy them again.

Have you ever bought any of the bits, if so what your opinion or review?

I’ll have my family buy one of each for my birthday. (:-)

These cost more the the brace I bought.

-- James E McIntyre

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Johnny7

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#5 posted 06-09-2021 07:14 PM

No need to be hesitant in buying used bits. Buy from a seller with a good reputation, and, if the listing doesn’t specifically mention it, ASK for both better photos, and a statement that they are straight and sharp.

I’ve scaled way back, but I have sold literally thousands of tools on eBay and every one of my listings for sq shank auger bits mentioned sharpness and straightness.

All that said, I believe your #945, which uses alligator jaws, rather than universal jaws, will hold a hex shank bit.

The easiest way to find out is to insert a large-size hex key, crank down on the chuck and see what kind of grip it has on the bit.

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SMP

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#6 posted 06-09-2021 08:57 PM

Just buy WoodOwl augers, way better and way cheaper than old bits. Plus don’t have to worry about a broken or worn screw. And if your brace only holds square shank they even sell an adapter. Available on amazon or Taytools.

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Ocelot

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#7 posted 06-09-2021 09:01 PM

Ah, the adapter.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 06-09-2021 11:21 PM

Thanks for the comment Mark.


Ocelot. I really like the site you linked. Beautiful bits and great story behind how this Australia company toolsforworkingwood.com started making these vintage style Jennings bits.

SMP. I’ll probably get the Wood Owls.

Johnny7. L’ll be buying a few vintage bits.

-- James E McIntyre

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Eric

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#9 posted 06-09-2021 11:29 PM

Not a productive buying way, but flea markets and estate sales are a fun way to find the bits. That is what I have been doing lately.

Purchase a few braces about 2 weeks ago with almost a complete set of bits 3-16 minus the 13, plus most had 3 or 4 extras. All for $50 and there were even a few circle cutters, flat driver bits and twist bit included.

Just saying

-- Eric, building the dream

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 06-10-2021 12:00 AM

Thanks Eric. Where do I find these estate sales. Are they far. They sound like fun.

Estate sales and auger bits, sound like they go together.


I do own a Lee valley auger bit sharpener. I use use it sharpen my Mortise Machine’s augers and it works great.

I’m sure it would work great for the estate bits too.

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 06-10-2021 12:22 AM

I have found a few on CL, and I think there is a site called estate sale.com or .net I can’t remember which one it was, but I am sure if you do a online search it should pop a few up in your area.

The one I went to, this lady was hired by the family to sell the stuff off, apparently folks are doing my much with auctions anymore.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Ocelot

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#12 posted 06-10-2021 04:07 PM

James,

I wanted to clarify that I don’t think Tools For Working Wood is in the Brooklyn in Australia, which I didn’t even know about.

Tools For Working Wood is in Brooklyn NY, which is not in Australia, I think.

;-)

-Paul
(It’s rude to correct people, my wife was telling my child only yesterday. )


[...]
Ocelot. I really like the site you linked. Beautiful bits and great story behind how this Australia company toolsforworkingwood.com started making these vintage style Jennings bits.

SMP. I’ll probably get the Wood Owls.

Johnny7. L’ll be buying a few vintage bits.

- James E McIntyre


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 06-10-2021 04:29 PM


James,

I wanted to clarify that I don t think Tools For Working Wood is in the Brooklyn in Australia, which I didn t even know about.

Tools For Working Wood is in Brooklyn NY, which is not in Australia, I think.

;-)

-Paul
(It s rude to correct people, my wife was telling my child only yesterday. )

[...]
Ocelot. I really like the site you linked. Beautiful bits and great story behind how this Australia company toolsforworkingwood.com started making these vintage style Jennings bits.
- James E McIntyre

- Ocelot

Ocelot. I don’t know where I got the impression the company was in Australia.

I’m glad its in the US. Cheaper freight.

Who’s Paul? And who corrected who? (8^{

-- James E McIntyre

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Ocelot

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#14 posted 06-10-2021 07:22 PM

James,

I appreciate you posting using what I presume is your real name.

I”m Paul, but my username on LJ is Ocelot, which is a small wildcat inhabiting Central America and maybe Florida and some Caribean islands. I, on the other hand am a large tame cat, inhabiting North Alabma – almost but not entirely unlike an Ocelot. (We are both carnivores)

-Paul

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 06-11-2021 02:57 PM

Yeah. That’s my real name. My brace arrived and it’s in better shape than I expected. It almost looks unused except for a few dings on the head and handle paint.

My wife said it looks like a Smiling Robit Brace.

I used to have a cat named Ocelot because she had markings of one.

-- James E McIntyre

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