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263511 John Ruth <johnrruth@h...> 2017‑10‑12 Today's Flea Market Finds: Notched Bits for a Multi-Tool Handle or an Early Brace
GG's


Thanks to the generosity of Kirk Eppler, I am able to share with you the image
of the seven notched bits for either a multi-tool or an early brace which I
encountered at today's early-morning flea market:


https://kirkhmb.smugmug.com/Woodworking/Other-Galoots/John-Ruth/i-VdWKgm4/
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(Image #15 in that album, file name IMG0867.jpg)


*One split-nut driver (!)


*One straight screwdriver or maybe this is a screw starter to make a hole to
start a wood screw. As I write this, I'm favoring the latter. It's business end
has a dull double-bevel edge of about a 45 degree included angle. Looks like a
larger 3/16" diameter version of a brad starter. Maybe it starts square nails?


*Three center bits. One is the smallest center bit I've ever seen. These are,
amazingly, actually sharp, BTW.


*Two are gouge-like bits which favors "multi-tool" as the real source, but brace
bits that look somewhat like this do exist. ( can't


One good thing about writing this up for OLDTOOLS and proofreading it is that I
can clearly see that I have some bits that hint at "Multi-Tool" but surely the
center bits are for a brace.


Many of them have a "B" stamped on the trapezoidal shank. I interpret the "B" as
an ownership marking.


Only two have other markings. One center bit has a partial stamp which would
read "CAST STEEL" if it had been properly stamped.  Another center bit is marked
"H. HAYES" in an old-fashioned typeface with serifs.



I talked the vendor down from $7 to $5.


This is an example of one of my rust-hunting mottoes, which is "You NEVER know
what you'll find at a yard sale or flea market! So, make it a point to be
there!"  These were found at an in-town Elks Club Flea that meets Tuesday,
Thursday, and Saturday.   Thursday is their "slow day" - there were less than a
dozen vendors.  There were still vendors arriving as I left for my day job.


As I arrived, I thought "this is going to be slim pickings!"  - and then this
dropped into my lap, along with an Ames shovel and a hand-held tailed apprentice
which came from a Wisconsin city famous for beer.


You just NEVER know!


John R.
263522 Charles Driggs <charliedriggs@i...> 2017‑10‑13 Re: Today's Flea Market Finds: Notched Bits for a Multi-Tool Handle or an Early Brace
> On Oct 12, 2017, at 4:22 PM, John Ruth  wrote:
> 
> *One split-nut driver (!)
> 
> 
> *One straight screwdriver or maybe this is a screw starter to make a hole to
start a wood screw. As I write this, I'm favoring the latter. It's business end
has a dull double-bevel edge of about a 45 degree included angle. Looks like a
larger 3/16" diameter version of a brad starter. Maybe it starts square nails?
> 
> 
> *Three center bits. One is the smallest center bit I've ever seen. These are,
amazingly, actually sharp, BTW.
> 
> 
> *Two are gouge-like bits which favors "multi-tool" as the real source, but
brace bits that look somewhat like this do exist. ( can't
> 
> 
> One good thing about writing this up for OLDTOOLS and proofreading it is that
I can clearly see that I have some bits that hint at "Multi-Tool" but surely the
center bits are for a brace.
> 
> 
> Many of them have a "B" stamped on the trapezoidal shank. I interpret the "B"
as an ownership marking.
> 
> 
> Only two have other markings. One center bit has a partial stamp which would
read "CAST STEEL" if it had been properly stamped.  Another center bit is marked
"H. HAYES" in an old-fashioned typeface with serifs.
> 
> 
> 
> I talked the vendor down from $7 to $5.

John, 

Nice little gloat!!   Nice price too — I’ve paid quite a bit more for the
blacksmith made utility brace bits I have.

Center bits do come smaller than that, I can assure you.  I have two that are
roughly 1/8" and 3/16”.  The problem with quite a few I find is that the center
pivot is worn down to the point where the bit is useless, but you seem to have
some good ones.  I can’t say that I’ve ever found a split nut spanner like that
though - nice find!

Charlie Driggs
263523 Kirk Eppler <eppler.kirk@g...> 2017‑10‑13 Re: Today's Flea Market Finds: Notched Bits for a Multi-Tool Handle or an Early Brace
I recently saw a set with a scotch brace that looked like that.

Kirk from the Droid

On Oct 12, 2017 1:23 PM, "John Ruth"  wrote:

GG's


I am able to share with you the image of the seven notched bits for either
a multi-tool or an early brace which I encountered at today's early-morning
flea market:


https://kirkhmb.smugmug.com/Woodworking/Other-Galoots/John-Ruth/i-VdWKgm4/
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263525 Ed Minch <ruby1638@a...> 2017‑10‑13 Re: Today's Flea Market Finds: Notched Bits for a Multi-Tool Handle or an Early Brace
What is the odd pair of pliers with the screw arrangement between the handles in
#14

Ed Minch
263526 "Ed O'" <edo@e...> 2017‑10‑13 Re: Today's Flea Market Finds: Notched Bits for a Multi-Tool Handle or an Early Brace
That's a safety wire twister, safety wire pliers, etc.

If you go to Amazon and type in either of the above you'll see examples.

From Wikipedia " Safety wire or locking-wire is a type of positive locking
device that prevents fasteners from loosening or falling out due to
vibration and other forces."

Ed O'

-----Original Message-----

What is the odd pair of pliers with the screw arrangement between the
handles in #14

Ed Minch
263527 gary may 2017‑10‑13 Re: Today's Flea Market Finds: Notched Bits for a Multi-Tool Handle or an Early Brace
Safety Wire Twister.                             best---gam


How horrible it is to have so many people killed!---And what a blessing one
cares for none of them!
Jane Austen

      
  
 
What is the odd pair of pliers with the screw arrangement between the handles in
#14

Ed Minch




> On Oct 12, 2017, at 4:22 PM, John Ruth  wrote:
> 
> Thanks to the generosity of Kirk Eppler, I am able to share with you the image
of the seven notched bits for either a multi-tool or an early brace which I
encountered at today's early-morning flea market:
> 
> 
> https://kirkhmb.smugmug.com/Woodworking/Other-Galoots/John-
Ruth/i-VdWKgm4/A <https://kirkhmb.smugmug.com/Woodworking/Other-
Galoots/John-Ruth/i-VdWKgm4/A>
> 
> 
> (Image #15 in that album, file name IMG0867.jpg)
> 

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