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Old 06-09-2019, 06:51 PM
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I’m cleaning some storage cabinets in my garage to prepare to move and I ran across this box that contains some type of wood boring bits, but the “chuck” end is tapered unlike any drill bit I have ever seen. They were left here by the previous owner and I forgot they were still in my garage.

Anyone know what these are and/or used for?



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An old hand drill.

https://www.ebth.com/items/10148367-...l-bits-vintage
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They're used in an old style hand drill. I actually have one somewhere.
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Bit and brace
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Old 06-09-2019, 06:57 PM
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I have two of the chucks but not near so many bits as that set has. I used use them out in the field fencing and such long before I had any battery operated things or small generator sets. Old skoolz
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brace_(tool)
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Originally Posted by sharktripper View Post
Bit and brace
This, how ever I've always heard it called brace and bits.
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I have some and came across some info on how to adapt the hand drill chuck to a modern drill. If I remember correctly it involved finding an old unused thread pattern that is used in the hand drill. I found some nos Harley bolts that matched that pattern and threaded them into the hand drill chuck part and then grabbed the old bolt with my drill chuck. I may have shaved the bolt a bit to prevent it spinning in my modern drill chuck. I may have even found some info on you tube. Anyho they are probably good drills made with quality metal.
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Brace and bit.

The ORIGINAL “cordless” drill!
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Old 06-09-2019, 07:21 PM
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I took a saw to bits like that and they work well in my 1/2" drill motor
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Originally Posted by sharktripper View Post
Bit and brace
There ya go. Most people wood (he he) have no idea what those were. I have actually seen someone try and chuck one of those in a cordless.
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Sharp ones really bore through wood in a hurry....
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Really nice set of bits. Get a hand brace and you are set for making holes pretty quickly in wood
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That set is worth some cash.
Some woodworkers only use hand tools.
That set is highly desireable.
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I've got a fun story about using a bit and brace setup. My uncle and I had to do guardrails on the family's island house. It is off grid with no 120v power. We had about 40, 3/4" holes to drill to attach the posts. I ask if he needs me to bring any tools. "Nope" he says, and shows up with bit and brace. So we drilled all 40, plus some others by hand, while my 20v Dewalt sat at home, 2 hours and a boat ride away. Guardrails came out nice though.
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That really is a nice complete set of bits, take care of it if for nothing else than a conversation piece. Old school carpenters would envy that set of bits.
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Originally Posted by Still Stoked View Post
Brace and bit.

The ORIGINAL “cordless” drill!
Grew up with Dad having these in the tool box along with the brace + bits.
The Yankee screwdriver was the go to screw driver everyone had in the 70's when putting the hinge screws in wood doors on job sites.
I have some of them somewhere.

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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
Grew up with Dad having these in the tool box along with the brace + bits.
The Yankee screwdriver was the go to screw driver everyone had in the 70's when putting the hinge screws in wood doors on job sites.
I have some of them somewhere.

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Dad was a telephone man? Most of those items are Bell System or Western Electric.
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