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refurbishing old tools #17: Irwin Auger Bits

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Blog entry by Dave posted 05-12-2012 02:22 AM 2701 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One after noon I had some time on my hands and took a little trip on my bike to one of my favorite antique shops. There was a almost complete set od Irwin auger bits in a boxed set. I had to wait a few days and went back with $30 and brought it home.
This is what I got.

The set was off a bit or two. It had a few extra of the same size. I scrounged around the shop and managed to come up with the missing ones the make the set completely Iwin. I then broke out the electrolysis bucket and cooked them a bit.

I then tended to the box with a bit of BLo and some glue. The bits range from a #4 to #16. they were cooked then polished and sharpened.

What good are bits without a few drills and braces.

And I have found a complete set of bits for my push drill. I am not telling what I paid for those. They were more than the drill

This has been fun. Thanks for your time.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com



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JL7

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#1 posted 05-12-2012 02:31 AM

Dave – that is a cool set. Nice job on the restoration….that box is way cool also…....you are building the arsenal!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Dave

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#2 posted 05-12-2012 02:34 AM

One bullet at a time. Thanks Jeff. Now it is starting to become bigger than my shop.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#3 posted 05-12-2012 02:35 AM

Great stuff Dave! Looks like a wonderful find, enjoy!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 02:38 AM

Thanks, and I will.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#5 posted 05-12-2012 02:38 AM

  • Dave* they look like new.that electrolysis works well. with the sharping and polish you got a new set.great save .i was wondering how good the electrolysis worked look like it works well. great job.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 05-12-2012 02:39 AM

what a great save dave

they look almost new

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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William

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#7 posted 05-12-2012 02:40 AM

Nice.
You keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll definately need a much larger shop.
The one you have is nowhere near large enough for the “SuperDave’s Living History Of Tools Museum”.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 05-12-2012 02:44 AM

Eddie, David and William thanks guys.
Eddie the electrolysis has some issues. But it is the cheapest methods out there and does a good job.
They do look new David
William I am having to become inventive with storage.
I need to re-look at some of the ideas the Japanese have come up with.
thanks guys

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#9 posted 05-12-2012 03:09 AM

The Bits look great. Nice addition to the “Arsenal”.

How long does the electrolysis take?
How much/type of current/volts/amps?

I need to read up on the electrolysis process. Thanks for the motivation.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 05-12-2012 03:19 AM

Nice job of using Electrolsis!

Sure cleaned up nice!

You did oil them down afterward… yes?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#11 posted 05-12-2012 03:27 AM

Well done Dave. They look as good as new. Enjoy.

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#12 posted 05-12-2012 03:29 AM

Wow! I’ve been wanting to gang bits in the electrolysis tank. Now that I know it can be done, watch out! :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#13 posted 05-12-2012 03:29 AM

Thanks Randy.
Overnight. I use a large dc power supply turned up to 14 volts. The supply will give all the current you want, the draw depends on the volume of metal you put in the tub and how strong your solution of electrolytic is. While it is running if you put your finger in it it feels like sticking your tongue to a 9 volt battery.
Thank you Joe.
Yes I did. I used motor oil on then trough the cleaning process. I then wiped them with mineral spirits and used a rag soaked in Tri-Flo.
Thanks Guys.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 05-12-2012 03:52 AM

That Tri-Flow stuff is really GOOD stuff!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#15 posted 05-12-2012 11:10 AM

I always enjoy seeing what you have saved Dave. It’s really a thrill to see those old bits get the respect they deserve. I also know you will actually use them, which will further restore their dignity. I hope you will show us what you do with the old drills and braces. Keep up the good work, we are all learning from you and being inspired at the same time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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