Brace and bit

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found at West Bow, Edinburgh

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Brace and bit

Carpenter's brace and bit found under flooring of an old house in Edinburgh.

A brace and bit is a tool for boring, consisting of a removable drill or 'bit' fixed into a rotating handle or 'brace'. This example was found under the floor of a house in West Bow in Edinburgh in 1849.

The carpenter's brace and bit was an important tool as most wooden objects were pegged rather than screwed together.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-095-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  W.RN 2
Date: 18th/19th century
Dimensions: 450 mm L approx
What: Brace and bit, carpenter's
Subject: Joinery (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh (West Bow, an old house)
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