The Brace and Bit
This old standby can do more than just bore holes
Synopsis: Despite all the motorized drills available to woodworkers, the old-fashioned bit brace is still a useful tool, writes Richard Starr, who uses his for boring holes. He details their history and variations and explains how to pick the right one. He advises getting one with a good chuck, and offers direction on the astounding variety of chuck designs. Then he explains how to use it to bore a hole, how to select auger and expansion bits, and how to cut tenons and drive screws with them.
Despite all the motorized drills available to woodworkers, the old-fashion bit brace is still a useful tool in today’s shop. I use mine for boring holes when I don’t want to mess with a power cord, and it’s fun to use, too. I also use it for driving screws, tenoning, chamfering dowels and doing other jobs you might expect to do on a…