its my last semester at my school and my class made brayers ourselves. For 72 US dollars I made a 12" wide brayer with a frame that is just like the takatch ones, you can flip the brayer over and set it down on the frame so the roller will not touch, very nice!
It needs some tweaking and some paint. I will post pics up someday.
cant wait to use it on my block thats almost carved, another 5 footer that I spent a year on.
I have all 4 of the McClain's Japanese brayers they work well on smaller blocks. I have outgrown them for larger work. The diameter it too small.
making your own is a great option for larger brayers.