Monday, April 27, 2009

Wooden Brace

I've always wanted to make a wooden brace, but I could never find a design I liked. A few months ago I bought the antique brace pictured below from Jim Bode tools. The one below the antique is the copy I made. Its made from birch and maple and has a detachable pad. Currently I only have the spoon bit for it.

When I get old tools like this brace I always wonder who made it, where it traveled, and what it helped create.


Matt Rushing said...

Very awesome. I so want to do this now. Thanks for the info and giving me some courage to tackle this.

Frontier Carpenter said...

Thanks Matt the brace was a lot of fun to make and I love using it. Look forward to see yours.

Kari Hultman said...

I love the design of the brace and those types of pads. It's similar to one I saw in the PA German collection at Winterthur. How did you attach the handle? I've never seen a brace taken apart so I don't quite understand how the brace is able to move independently of the handle.

Frontier Carpenter said...


Thanks. I will post a picture of it taken apart. A lot of people have asked me the same question.