A Bit of Heaven

A quick tune-up of your auger bits will produce astonishing results.
By Samuel Peterson
Pages: 68-72

From the November 2004 issue #144
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If you’re like most woodworkers, an occasion has come up where you had to drill an odd hole but only the brace and bit will do the job.

These tools are so common that most woodworkers seem to acquire or inherit one with some accessories. So you pull your brace out of the bottom of your toolbox, but its mechanism is gummed up. After some judicious oiling, it finally turns. Next comes the great auger bit search, during which various piles of bits are made: The sawed-off tang pile, the bent pile, the rusted blob pile and the halfway-decent pile. (And don’t forget the “what is it?” pile and the “I can’t believe I bought that” pile.)

From the November 2004 issue #144
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