8 inch Brace Rehab – E. Sarjeant tools continued

In Ernest’s set of tools there was sweet 8″ brace that needed a little TLC.

First I had to figure out how to get the ratchet apart so I could get the gunck out and grease the parts for good working.  Wiktor Kuc helped me figure out that I need to tap the pin out in between the ratchet teeth.  Once I did that, I could go into the mechanism, clean it out and pack it with grease.

After some scrubbing, look what I found.

Then I took the upper part of the brace to the wire brush wheel the grinder, removed the crud and cleaned it up after with some metal polish.  

I also sanded the wooden handle which lightened it up significantly.  I left the pad alone so the contrast looked kinda silly.  I mixed up some boil linseed oil and some black dye.  And this is how it turned out.

Here is the metal polish I used:


Inheriting Tools – Part 2 – Papers, a back saw and a brace

For now here is the best picture I have of Ernest Sarjeant’s apprentice / indenture papers.  Ernest’s apprenticeship was from 1892 to 1897 under William and Thomas Lock.

Hopefully, I’ll have a better copy soon because they’re pretty difficult to read.  You can make the picture bigger by right clicking on it and opening in a new tab.

Here are two of the tools I’ve finished cleaning.  They are ready for work.

I’ve got loose screws .. don’t you?

One of my braces has pretty crappy wood on the pad and the little screws have pulled out.  The only thing really holding the pad on is the threads inside the pad.  So I went to my favorite hardware store, Hardwicks, and asked about a fix.

The answer .. a tooth pick.  Really?  Ok, maybe a really thin dowel that you put into the holes and reintroduce the screw into the replaced wood.

The hardest part of the whole thing was restarting the screws.  Hopefully the picture demonstrates.

One screw went flying into the ether so I pulled out my giant magnet that I originally purchased to clean up after the remodel contractor.  If you’re cat swallows anything metal, it’ll pick him up .. no problem.  ;o)

Bartholomew Brace

I really have a lot of fun finding old tools that I can use, rehabbing them and putting them to use.  Last week, we were in Winthrop, WA and I found this little guy in a flea market store for $12.

I took it home, cleaned it up and was able to read the stamp on it.

I also get a kick out of researching the story behind these tools and here’s what I found.

Nos. 117 – 119

Bartholmew brace
Bartholomew Brace

Hardwood head and handle; Bartholomew’s jaws.

An inexpensive brace manufactured by the H.S. Bartholomew Company of Bristol, Connecticut, and sold by the Millers Falls Company. Features jaws patented by Harry. S. Bartholomew on May 24, 1870.

Illustration from 1878 catalog.

Model No. Sweep Start Date End Date
No. 117 8 inch by 1878 by 1885
No. 118 9 1/2 inch by 1878 by 1885
No. 199 10 1/2 inch by 1878 by 1885

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Make shift sharpening station

So I was away from my sharpening station and found that I had some time on my hands so I set up a make shift sharpening station.  I had some of my sharpening stuff with me but not all of it.    I ground new primary bevels with my Tormek on my chisels. Then with some sand paper and spray adhesive, I flattened my stones,made tiny little secondary bevels.

In the meantime, I found this cute little brace at the flea market store for $ 12.  I’ll have clean off the rust to figure out the brand name stamped on it.  Its nothing fancy, but just the right size for me.

In the meantime, my front fence gate sits waiting for me to get off my but and finish it.