Here's a tip: carpenter's braces (as in the sort that hold bits, not the kind that hold his dungarees up) come in various sizes, with the radius from chuck to handle being the pertinent datum. Twice that distance gives us the diameter of the circle it describes, known as "swing." The single most common radius is 5" (10" swing). Nifty little 3"-radius versions are not uncommon and for more torque, they made 12"-swing braces.
Made. Y'can't get 'em new. 'Sa pity, 'cos the extra leverage makes up for, say, a lack of upper-body strength
Naturally, this means every single old-tool seller on eBay (and most other places) not only fails to give the dimension, they don't bother to put anything in the photo to give you any idea of scale, either.
I guess the darned things are merely decorative for most folks.
...But why this post is here is another decorative eediot, Indiana's very own Honorable Andre Carson, Muslim Congressthing, who is now frothing at the mouth over the Israeli naval raid that stopped blockade runners. Gee, Mr. Congressbeing, let's see: the Israelis said what they'd do; they provided an alternative and even promised to send any humanitarian-type aid on to the intended recipients. ...Interestingly, the Israelis are reporting some of the blockade-running "activists" they've laid hold of are carrying weapons and large amounts of cash. H'mmm. Sure seems to me that somebody's Big Picture is lacking any sense of scale.... But then again, Congresscritters are merely decoration, right? ...Right...?
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