- Sep 29, 2017
I like your memory you sharedWhen I was growing up that's all my dad used was a brace. No electric drill until I got one in the mid '70's. Man did those things make you sweat, especially with a less-than-sharp auger bit which all of ours were. I always remember that the words "brace" and "bit" were used so exclusively together that I thought they were one word. Like "braceanbit" or something. Go get the braceanbit, ok Dad....
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One of my neighbors said that he always knew when I was in the shop because of random hammering, machines, and other noises starting at 9:00 am. I told him I was actually in the shop before 7:00 am, but saved up the noisy stuff until after 9:00 am. I offered to make noise earlier if he would like that better, he declined...The best thing about a brace and bit is that it is quiet. I often choose one for just that reason. I get up early and don't want to wake the neighbors or ruin the tranquility of the morning. Hand tools are satisfying.
It is also nice that the bits can be easily sharpened with hand files, again with no noise...