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Tool Making #2: Does anyone know the thickness and lenght of a E C STEARNS Hollow Auger Bit?

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 10-05-2013 04:54 AM 1465 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m looking to make a replacement blade for a hollow auger. I know the blade is one inch wide. I do not know thickness or length as the auger has not arrived yet. If anyone has one of these hollow augers, could they post a photo of the blade?

Also, I would be interested to know if anyone knows of a source for these blades. I am assuming one will have to be made but it does not hurt to ask.

Example of what the blade looks like.

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#1 posted 10-05-2013 05:25 AM

I believe That’s a tool I have, can check tomorrow AM…

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#2 posted 10-05-2013 12:46 PM

Thanks Smitty.

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#3 posted 10-05-2013 01:09 PM

Here’s my bit. The initials are tough to read, but it’s not EC Stearns (B S V Co, or B S & Co?). Same style, though, down to the set screws and dial.

Cutter is 1/8” thick, 15/16” wide.

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#4 posted 10-05-2013 06:17 PM

Mine is the Stearns, same as the pic way up top of the page. The cutter is 1” wide, 5/32 thick. It’s got the flat-back like in the top pic, not curved. It’s 2-3/8” long but it’s been used for a few generations. The back end sticks out into nowhere-land so you could make it 3” long, 2-1/2” long, whatever floats your boat.

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#5 posted 10-06-2013 02:23 AM

Thanks Joe. I’m wondering if the one Smitty has has a #101 plane blade in it. I’m thinking I might try that when the auger arrives. It might be a cheaper solution than getting some tool steel.

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#6 posted 10-06-2013 02:27 AM

What type of metalworking tools do you have available? I might have something that small in scrap bin if you have the ability to cut/grind it to size.

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#7 posted 10-06-2013 02:31 AM

I’ve got an 8” grinder and access to a metal cut-off saw. I believe I would be able to temper with a torch if needed. My experience with tool steel is limited to reading about it.

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#8 posted 10-06-2013 02:31 AM

Let me look in the morning. PM me an address just in case I find something.

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#9 posted 10-06-2013 02:40 AM

Thanks much Sir. PM sent.

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#10 posted 10-06-2013 04:57 AM

(feeling inadequate with my non-Stearns hollow auger bit…)

Good luck, gents.

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#11 posted 10-06-2013 02:29 PM

I hope not.

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#12 posted 10-06-2013 03:33 PM

Wayne I found something, I’ll mail it out tomorrow.
Smitty – Sorry I didn’t mean to step on your post and I’d actually like to try and figure out who made yours if you can post a closer-up picure. There are a lot of these things out there but not that many makers.

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#13 posted 10-24-2013 01:45 AM

Thanks very much Joe. It fit perfectly. Now I have to get up the guts to temper it. I have the remainder of the material to make a second one if I screw it up.

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