A gift as precise as the work.
The 16th edition in this remarkable series is the CT-16 Palm Brace—truly one of the finest tools in our 25 year history.
We introduced our first palm brace in 2000, a small, hand powered brace that uses ¼” hex shank tooling. This edition, using the same 1/4 " hex shank bits, is precision crafted from steel, stainless steel and aluminum. The swing handle, chuck housing and top knob are black chromed, a unique combination of form and finish that celebrates our woodworking heritage and a new visual aesthetic only possible with modern processes. It is a stunningly beautiful tool that you will cherish with each use. The overall height of the CT-16 is 8-1/2". There is a 2-1/4" radius swing. Most of the small holes needed in project construction do not require a drill press or powered hand drills. In fact, as many know, these tools make it easy to drill past your intent. Combine the CT-16 Palm Brace with our DJ-1 Drilling Jig and you can achieve accuracy that in many cases surpasses that of a drill press—all without a single volt of electricity.
The CT-16 is without question the finest screwdriver we have ever used and it is particularly beneficial when inserting brass screws—you can precisely keep the bit where it belongs while feeling the exact torque to avoid trashing or twisting off the head of the screw. Drilling is remarkably fast and the bits are all positive locked in the chuck while exiting a hole. We have available all the common screwdriver bits, countersink bits, tapered bits, twist drills and brad point drills, self-centering bits for hinge installations and a countersink.
We guarantee that the CT-16 will be one of those tools that you feel compelled to show your woodworking friends. It works extraordinarily well and has a charm that is hard to match—and is a perfect candidate for our special Commemorative series of tools. There are many bits available today that will fit in the CT-16 and we selected 60 bit assortment, all made in America, that will address 99% of your needs within the capacity of this gorgeous tool. They were available as a seperate and optional Drill and Driver complete set.
This tool was produced in 2008.
Why is the orange insert in the handle of the T-squares loose and rattles?
The rattling in the insert of the TS-2v2 is normal and is present with all of the units. It does not affect the functionality of the tool at all and was part of the design of all our Try Squares. The looseness allows us to take the tool apart, if need be, should we need to resquare/fix the tool.
The rattling in the Try Squares is normal and is present with all of the units. It does not affect the functionality of the tool and was part of the design of all our Try Squares. The looseness allows us to take the tool apart, if need be, should we need to re-square/fix the tool.
How do I re-square my try square? The TS-2v2, the TS-1v2 and the TS-1.5v2 Try Squares are field adjustable. This means the accuracy of the square can be adjusted by the user. Here’s how;
IF YOU HAVE A KNOWN 90 DEGREE REFERENCE 1) Using the proper sized hex-key wrench, loosen one screw and then tighten it just a little bit. Loose the other three screws. 2) Place the square against a known 90 degree reference and note which way the blade needs to be adjusted. 3) Clamp the blade of the square in a wood vise. Gently tap the handle in the direction needed to make the square mate with the reference. This may take three or four attempts. Once it mates, tighten the one screw that was semi-tight, check again for square and then tighten the remaining three screws. 4) NOTE: The set screws are stainless steel. If you tighten them too tight, you will break the head of the screw off and the tool will need to be sent back to Bridge City for repair. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THESE FOUR SCREWS! IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A KNOWN 90 DEGREE REFERENCE:
Using a known straight reference, align the square flush with the reference and scribe a line. Flip the square 180 degrees and scribe a second line. By splitting the distance at the widest end, an empirical 90 degrees can be determined. Using the technique described above, adjust the square until there is no gap when the square is flipped against the straight reference.
This item is no longer in production and is not available for purchase. It is listed here for reference purposes only. The last known published price is listed below.