Grandpa's Little Farm Purebred Nubian Dairy Goats in Tacoma, Washington

Grandpa's Little Farm

Purebred Nubian Dairy Goats,
Reconditioned and Custom Hand Made
Woodworking Tools
in Tacoma, Washington


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Nubian Dairy Goats
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          - Stanley No. 59
            Doweling Jig

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Individual bits do not often catch the interest of collectors, but braces do. This means I will often be treading into a grey area when offering braces, and the odd occasional collectible piece will be offered. Keep in mind that all braces on this site will be offered as 'users' however.

Stanley 02-253 (No.H1253A) brace
Stanley 02-253 (No.H1253A) brace

Several components of a brace's construction will lend to its overall quality, and this will be addressed when posting each brace. Some points will include the material used on the knob/tote, metal finish, box VS open ratcheting mechanisms, the type of chuck/jaws and whether ball bearings were used. I'll try to cover these points with each offering and will show pictures of the chuck "field stripped" to demonstrate its design. If you are interested in doing some research on your own, I would recommend Sydnas Sloot Home Page. It's a wonderful quick resource.

At this writing, the issue of "patina" is being pondered. Presently the plan is to address each brace individually as it is reconditioned. Just because I'm only offering users, does not mean I want to desecrate a truly worthwhile old tool.

Field stripped Stanley NoH1253A
"Field stripped" Stanley NoH1253A

It's my plan for now to only offer American ratcheting braces and let the fixed/non-ratcheting and English "Ultimatum" style wooden braces go to collectors. Ratcheting braces are the most functional, easy to find and the best bang for the buck. If you are looking for one of the other old timers, a spofford chuck brace, or whatever, please feel free to contact me. Occasionally one of these comes along and I might just have what you are looking for.

Ratchet assemblies will be opened and inspected when practical. All ratchet and chuck parts will then be cleaned and greased. Totes and knobs will be lightly oiled. "Bright work" (wood) and metal surfaces will be cleaned of rust and rouge-buffed if appropriate.

All prices quoted will include shipping via economy ground USPS.

Picture Click to enlarge Description Condition Price (US) Order
Stanley 02-253 (No.H1253A) brace

Stanley 02-253 (No.H1253A) brace - field stripped
Stanley 02-253 (No.H1253A) brace This is a Stanley 02-253 (No.H1253A) brace. It actually had an original K-Mart price tag on it when it came in. Generally braces made after 1964 will not be offered, but after going over this one carefully, I decided it is built well enough to offer. This is an open ratchet mechanism with a three position slide ring control. It has an Improved Barber (actually Amidon) chuck with no springs and meshing serrated inner jaws surfaces. This is what Stanley called a J Type jaw set. There are no ball bearings in its mechanisms, but it is in such good condition that this should not matter. This was probably built as a home-owner's tool, and even though it was not likely meant as a professional tool, it is a very good quality implement.

Bright-work (Wood) is painted blue and looks new. Metal is chromed with very little wear. I saw no need to completely strip this tool, but sub-assemblies have been taken apart and greased or lightly oiled.
$35 - Includes Shipping
NorCraft brace

NorCraft brace - field stripped
NorCraft 10in. Brace Not too much information was readily available on NorCraft. It is chromed with plastic handles, so it would probably be safe to say it is not a very old brace. As said, the metal is chromed and there is no wood, thus no finish. Apparently no ball bearings are used, but overall parts movement is smooth. The ratcheting control has an interesting octagon shape. It has a closed-box ratchet. The chuck is an improved spring loaded Barbar (Amidon) mechanism. It is actually much simpler than the old Barber chuck and the jaws open and shut very smoothly. This is a nice user, well constructed, even though it was probably not a professional model. Country of manufacture is not stamped on the tool, so I suspect that it is not American made. Itís still a nice tool and should serve a serious woodworker well.

NOTE: This brace was not reconditioned when pictures were taken. This will be done prior to shipment!
$35 - Includes Shipping
Stanley No. 66-10 brace

Stanley No. 66-10 brace - field stripped
Stanley No. 66-10 brace There are a large number of British-made Stanley tools sold in the US over the last several decades, and this is one of them. It is also another tool that violates my rule about not selling pre-1964 braces... but that's OK! This is a nice user 10 inch brace. Plastic was used not only on the knob and tote, but also the ratchet ring. Metal has been chromed. It has an open ratchet, and also a spring-loaded improved Barber chuck, with the inner part of the jaws serrated to match.

NOTE: This tool was not cleaned when pictures were taken. This will be done before it is shipped!
$35 - Includes Shipping

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