I swore I wouldn't do it, but as I returned to the tool cleaning fray and looked down the barrel of 50+ auger bits needing cleaning, I wilted. And put them away unsorted and uncleaned. *slaps self on the back of the head* Bad, bad me. But honestly, it wasn't even as much fun as painting the Forth Bridge, and a bored tool cleaner is a tool cleaner doing a lousy job.
However, I did get all the other brace bits done, including the expansive bits. I seem to have acquired four of them. Pretty sure I've never actually uttered the words "How much for this expansive bit?" in my life, they've just sort of... appeared. Disappointingly they're all the same Patent design too, which is a bit boring. (Boring. Hur-hur.) On the other hand, it did mean that dos incomplete/ratty examples were able to become uno complete and totally unratty one. Which was nice. So I'll keep that one, and try and convince someone, or rather two someones, that they need an expansive bit in their lives. I'm hoping the sliding top wooden boxes they're housed in might be slightly alluring.
The other bit came in quite a different box, and in the spirit of sharing, I thought I'd take a pic of the rather nifty design of catch. No, it's not beautiful, but it is functional. Rendered in brass sheet and something other than a rather grotty piece of ply for the top, it could look quite good, I reckon. Handy if you need a lid but not hinges - or a way to close it without having a catch, um, catch on something in, say, your toolbox.
And that's two more bad word puns than anyone should inflict on the reader in one blog entry, so I go. Maybe I'll gather up sufficient insanity to start in on the chisels...