|The brace as found|
|The John S. Fray Co.|
|At one time I believe this read,|
|No. 123, indicating 12" sweep|
|I already have a 10" sweep brace, this 12" brace will help with boring larger holes|
The head spins nicely. I removed it and irrigated the bearing area with 3-in-1 oil. I also sanded and applied BLO to the head before reinstalling it.
Here's the main thing that's wrong with the brace: the sweep handle is supposed to have two "collars" or "stops" that keep it in the center of it's portion of the shaft. One of them is missing altogether and the other is so loose as to be non-functional. So the handle can jam into the bend in the shaft and eventually it'll be damaged or broken.
|This collar is free to slide all along the shaft|
Note the notches filed into the shaft - I think they are there to help retain an applied collar
I still scratched my head a while about this (because I couldn't find my solder and had no idea how I'd make a mold) and finally I thought about using J-B Weld. I tried it on a piece of 1/2" dowel (the brace shaft is 1/2") using a couple of pieces of scrap wood to form a mold.
|Mold clamped to the dowel, forming the collar|
|The result - a little filing and it'll look just right|
|Brace clamped in vise ...|
|Larger part of mold clamped onto shaft|
|J-B Weld applied and top mold clamped on to lower mold|
|First collar done|
I made a separate piece to clamp around the wooden sweep handle and this helped to set the distance for the second collar.
|The large piece of wood clamps around handle|
Rubber bands were used as temporary clamps for the molds,
then spring clamps held firmly
|There were voids in the J-B Weld, but I can live with that|
|Showing both newly fashioned collars|