Hand Made Auger
“Pine Bark Box”
….and so I thought today, I would post a story on the making of an auger to use in the drilling process of the bark. I had already decided at the onset of the project that besides the use of the chainsaw to drop the tree, all other working of the wood would be done by use of hand tools.
As I have yet to show the making of the cherry treenails to join the birch bottom, to the inside the box and also the joining of the ‘one piece’ bark at one corner, I thought I would start with the making of a tool. I like tools and have a passion for hand tools, only exceeded by ‘hand made hand tools’. This hand made auger was needed since I would need to drill the holes in the bark and birch wood prior to hammering in the treenails.
What one must understand here is the size of the holes we are talking about here, which is why when choosing the bit I went for 1/16th of an inch and yes that is small. Next question that comes to my mind is; where did I last lay my glasses down at,”hey, has anyone seen my glasses?”
After rooting around in my bits bin, I then proceeded to find a piece of riven oak scrap laying around the shop and so I then proceeded to shave the oak with a 1” timber framing chisel. I know that one might ask or wonder as to why such a large chisel but then you must understand that I use timber chisels in a big way; timber framing, rustic furniture and sculptured wood art so a timber chisel is second nature to me. After shaping the oak into the handle design I was looking for, I then used a wood awl to make some holes in the oak. Next step was just a matter of placing some super glue on the steel bit and pressing said bit into the wood. I also shaved two smaller slivers of wood to add in the middle of the wood which in turn gives my thumb an added measure of grip for when turning the auger.
Yes, and if you are wondering about the piece of wood that the auger is sitting on, well its a maple burl that I sliced from a ‘tree wood button’ on my bandsaw a couple of weeks ago. I was tuning up the bandsaw and needed to make some test cuts so, this maple burl button was only to happy to become a piece of future wood art. I have not figured out what to do with it yet, but have been thinking of making a miniature rustic hutch and using this piece for the backboard.
Oh, and by the way the auger worked real good, but then I will save that part for a future story!
…to be continued….