18th century brace (drill)
- I know that this is a bit "off-century", but I have just finished
making a replica mid-18th century wood brace for drilling. I do some
woodworking demos of that era and was frustrated that I could not find
any braces in antique shops earlier than 1800, so I made one for
myself. It is made of white oak and I have inserted a real mid-18th
cent (by my dating estimate) spoon bit. It has not yet been stained or
finished, I was hoping to get some feedback. I don't have photos at
the moment, I'll see if I can borrow a digital camera and post
pictures here, if anyone is interested.
- No, it doesn't have to, but a finish, especially oil, is going to retard
swelling and shrinking from moisture which leads to splitting. Since
there's no disadvantage, why not? By far, the antique tools in my
collection that have an intact finish have faired better.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of AlbionWood
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2008 11:39 AM
Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: 18th century brace (drill)
Why assume you need any finish on it at all?
If it's made of a suitable hardwood, just start using it. If you don't
like the feel of raw wood, rub some wax in to make it more comfortable.
Not every wooden item must have a "finish" applied to it.
> I haven't got the slightest idea about splitting, sorry, I don't have------------------------------------
> much experience here. I only just completed it and I haven't even
> tested it out yet. I was waiting to put the finish on it first, but I
> have not heard any input from anyone here yet on authentic finishes
> for tools.