DIY eyed auger, no welding or blowtorch - PLUS the amazing trakkie daks vice

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Inspired by Aussie123, DIY auger projects (https://bushcraftoz.com/threads/bushcraft-auger-homemade.7742/ and https://bushcraftoz.com/threads/a-new-auger.9732/ ) but lacking a welder or blowtorch for the "drill a hole, heat it up and bash it in" method, I was considering other ways to put one of these together.

It took a bit of wandering around the local big green shed looking for inspiration but I settled on a galvanised threaded tee with a threaded stopper that magically had a 1/2" square protrusion for tightening, plus an auger drill bit with 1/4" hex drive. I already had a 1/2" drive 1/4" hex socket. Unfortunately I can't find all these parts on the website so no links, but it was less than $20.

The galvanised stopper didn't quite fit in the socket straight up but a few licks of a file and it went straight in. Here's how it went together:

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Here it is augering the sh!t out of some box alder for my attempt at a shrink pot (work in progress)

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After it got to this point my wrist was getting a bit sore from holding the wood so I started experimenting. Holding it in my feet was OK but I got a bit sore. Then I tried this which worked a treat! Wound right up and held very securely. Just had to make sure I arranged myself correctly first and stopped before I put a hole in my pants. If one was wearing more outdoors appropriate attire, it could probably be improvised with some cord wrapped around the waist or something.

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Success!

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....I'm glad you stopped when you did!
I can see an injury to a very tender part of your anatomy.
 

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....I'm glad you stopped when you did!
I can see an injury to a very tender part of your anatomy.
Haha yeah I was acutely aware of this - but realistically it's not like you're smashing this through like a drill. Each twist of the handle takes a fair bit of effort and probably only moves the auger bit about 1 or 2 mm. With a bit of padding there you're fine I think.
 

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Great work on the auger.

If you're looking for tips on holding work have a look at the Spring Vice: https://www.bushcraftoz.com/threads/a-bush-vice-the-spring-vice.9737/#post-99673
This works really well and is actually very simple to improvise. If you use it a few times you'll work out where the hacks are to simplify even more ...

How did the shrink pot go ? That's definitely on my list if I get some good wood.
 

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How did the shrink pot go ? That's definitely on my list if I get some good wood.
It was a very satisfying process. Partly because it was wood I chopped off a mate's garden which is way softer than the hard aussie wood I'm used to, which really gives context to those videos with people carving wood like it's butter, but I think it's just a cool thing to try.

I've watched a few videos on shrink pots and it seems like the ideal method is auger and long gouge to do the bulk of the hollowing, smooth with a hook knife and then use a scorp to make the groove at the bottom into which you fit a plate of seasoned wood cut with a coping saw. I'm missing some of these tools so made do with what I had (but those gouges do look pretty sweet....)

I augered the middle out as above, then used my hook knife to go around and around to hollow out the rest. Then I axed out a thin bit of wood and thinned it down further and shaped it with my whittling knife. I made the groove around the bottom with my whittling knife too, then gently tapped into place.

That's all. I didn't end up making a lid because I'm going to use it as a holder for some spoons I made for my sister (those are olive wood), but will probably do that on my next one. It hasn't dried yet so it could still crack!

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