Upcycling a broken drill bit - Making a carving gouge

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Hi LJ!

This is my interpretation on how to upcycle a broken spade bit, turning it into a palm carving gouge. I’m not a metal or woodworker expert, just an amateur experimenting and sharing my work. I hope this helps you into your knowledge process in this matter.

If you’re interested in get the handcarved spoon I’m going to giveaway, check the details at the end of the video. Results will be posted the 6th of April on my Instagram page.

I hope you enjoy this video. Please, feel free to make your comments or questions.

YouTube Channel link:

Regards to the community!

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-23-2017 07:22 PM

Great idea and excellent video. I have a few of those around.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 03-23-2017 09:56 PM

Excellent work and tutorial.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#3 posted 03-23-2017 10:21 PM

Thanks for the video. Makes me want to recycle all the spade bits I never use.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 03-23-2017 10:37 PM

Looking good, looks like a fine tool and fine to see you work.
Especially if you found carbon steel spade drills.
If it is HSS steel as spade drills usually are, the heat treatment is not that easy after what I have learned…
(If not done right, it will be really poor at holding an edge or break easily).
Try to read here:
You can use carbon steel the way you show, that will be perfect and can be found in car springs, not only leaf type, as well as old files.
(You can look in blogs here, think there are a few on the subject).
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 03-24-2017 12:27 PM

It’s a nice shop made tool. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 03-24-2017 03:24 PM

Nice looking tool!
I just wanted to ask that you be careful with you bench grinder. I saw that you didn’t put on much load, but it can be very dangerous to use the side of the wheel. Too much pressure and it will detonate

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#7 posted 03-24-2017 09:33 PM

A great share

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 03-24-2017 11:02 PM

Very nice work! It’s amazing how spade bits are more useful as other tools rather than using them to drill holes!

-- Paul @ Space Age Plane Co.

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Rick M

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#9 posted 03-25-2017 01:21 AM

Good job, clever.

Based on the spark pattern and ease of annealing it, I believe it was carbon steel. HSS is made to be difficult to anneal and is even more difficult to harden. Carbon steel is cheaper and more common.


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#10 posted 03-25-2017 07:34 PM

Awesome. I was thinking I wanted to try carving some spoons and was about to start looking at buying a gouge. Now I have 2 projects to work on! Thanks.

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#11 posted 03-31-2017 11:50 AM

Excellent. Great video too.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#12 posted 05-05-2017 04:00 PM

Thanks to everyone to come and comment! I’m glad you all enjoy my work. Best regards!

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