Claudio: However, at only about 3/32in in thickness, and situated
between end grain body & end grain cap, I don't imagine an LV washer
would have moved enough to disturb anything, regardless of it's grain
I've taken Kirk up on his generous offer, as a leather washer seems most
appropriate. I would have tried Lignum Vitae, but it seems less likely
to have been used by the makers. Else, where would it be?
I apparently neglected to research this brace when I acquired it in
Ottawa years ago. I recall it was a busy summer, and I've been busy in
the Galoot-time decade since.
Today I found some info on the makers on gracesguide.co.uk Brown and
Flather were neighbours during 1841. It appears the brace was made
between 1817 when Brown went into business, and 1850 when the Brown and
Flather partnership expired "by effluxion of time". Really! That's what
Henry Brown patented an anti-friction brace at some time before 1849,
and Flather advertised himself as making it after dissolution of the
partnership. I'm unable to say just now with certainty whether my brace
implements that patent.
Photos now on oldtools site at https://groups.io/g/oldtools/album?id=263819
On 2021-10-12 5:07 p.m., Claudio DeLorenzi wrote:
> Hey Don
> How’s about a photo? I’ve never seen a wooden washer on a brace (at
> least I didn’t recognize it as a washer). I suppose you are thinking
> of lignum v. Because of it’s self lubricating properties?
> A leather washer would have a bit of give which might be useful in
> this situation with seasonal movement.
> Cheers from Waterloo
> On Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 6:52 PM Don Schwartz wrote:
> I have a nice BROWN &c FLATHER SHEFFIELD beech brace reinforced
> with inlaid
> brass plates, containing a strong bit spring, which I occasionally
> use with
> centre bits etc. There is some wiggle between the rosewood breast
> pad and
> the body, probably the result of a missing washer, perhaps
> leather. Both
> the breast pad and the body end grain are protected with brass
> plates, and
> between the two is a tapered washer. The head wiggles due to a gap
> in that
> assembly. The gap is a scant 1/8in. I could make a leather washer
> to fit
> there, but I was thinking that a lignum vitae washer might be a better
> choice. Comments or suggestions appreciated.
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