If you are a beginner, the following links from our beginner site, Common Woodworking, may be useful to you:
- The Brace and Bit– This is a general guide which covers what the tool is and the names of the parts
- Buying a Brace and Bit– This guide recommends what to look for when buying the tool and the best place to buy from
- Using a Brace and Bit– This guide shows you how to use your tool
- Setting Up and Sharpening a Brace and Bit– This guide will show you the basics of setting up for use and how to sharpen
What brace and bit should I choose and how do I maintain it?
Paul wrote a blog post about selecting and using a brace and its bits.
What Bit Should I Buy?
Purpose manufactured hand auger bits are hard to get hold of, so you can use auger bits designed for a power drill. These work fine and can be sharpened. Meanwhile, you can always pick up hand auger bits on spec if you find them elsewhere.
Would you recommend a leather bit roll?
Re leather auger bit rolls, they are prone to absorbing moisture, which can lead to the bits rusting, so we recommend a cotton canvas roll instead.