Pine Auger bit box #3: Holder #1, test drive

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-18-2016 12:04 AM 298 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not too sure I like how it is going. Played hooky today, tomorrow I find out about my version of Big Ben’s Knee.

Got pretty worn out trying to get ONE holder done. Block was short in length by..~1/8-1/4”....have that fixed.

These are the bits I am trying to build a holder for….and,

These are the drills I thought I’d use to make the holder..

First hole wasn’t that great. I tried holding the block at a 45 degree angle in the vise. Bit followed the grain right out the side. Second hole was a bit better. Using the Pexto 12” Samson brace. Found out some of the bits need a bit of sharpening, too. Made three large diameter holes…

Two smaller holes. Depth was to barely over the flutes of the longest drill bit..

Once I had enough holes drilled, I marked more center lines, along with a depth cut line. Time to peel off the waste

Yep, a rip saw. I sawed down to the line, trying to keep the saw level….Removed this saw, and set up for another saw. Block is to big for the bandsaw, is why handsaws were used…

Crosscut down, hoping the two lines would meet up with each other. Then came more drilling, some chisel work, more drilling. Even brought out a 3/8” cordless drill…til the battery died. OK, we have ways. Large, corded drill, with a 1/2” chuck. Happen to have several 16” long drill bits that have a hex end. I was trying to drill a smaller hole for the shanks to sit into. Chisel work was because NONE of the first holes were deep enough.

Finally got a few auger bits to fit into the holder…

Not sure I like this all that much. Might try something different, after the knee gets worked on. All that work made a big mess on my clean floor…

Still need to cut a slot for each shank, so I can lift a bit up out of the holder. Need a second one for the larger bits, then two for the skinny bits. I’ll give this a while to think over…..might find an easier design for the holders.

Knee Doctor App. in the morning, will find out what he intends to do. And, how long before I can get back into the shop. Till then, stay tuned….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 10-18-2016 12:17 AM

OK scary stuff there,....looks like all the tools that they will be using on your knee.

I am amazed as to how well you have maintained all the bits they all look spankers.

Now no doubt that the veterans Affairs or a agent similar in CWO has been approached regarding making to making a claim, as 37 years of pounding the pavement in GP Boots has got to have something to do with it.

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 10-18-2016 12:32 AM

Bandit. I would try using hollows.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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