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Project by DouginVa posted 05-19-2020 11:18 AM 905 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My attempt to replicating an old Irwin Auger Bit Set box. The original was in pieces and falling apart and the lid was missing. The auger bits were badly rusted and no longer sharp. I cleaned up the rust in an electrolysis bath. I picked the best of the bunch to add to the box and I suspect a couple of them are not original Irwins. A couple of them have “JT PUGH PHILA PA” stamped on them. A quick Google search revealed an auger bit on EBay and some other guy inquiring about some tools that he has with PUGH’s stamp on them but no other history on Mr. PUGH himself. If anyone else has tools with his markings/stamps on them I’d love to know the history if you know it.

The wood I chose is from southern yellow pine that used to be the decking of my front porch. Just plained it down to 3/8’ (roughly), dovetailed the sides together, cut rabbits in the bottom and glued and nailed the sides to it so now it has a solid base. The auger bit trays were cut from a thicker piece of SYP using a cove bit until the exact depth/width of the original were matched. And a couple coats of Danish oil finished it off. It’s a utilitarian piece, not a fancy display piece….just practical.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........





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#1 posted 05-19-2020 12:22 PM

It’s a utilitarian piece, not a fancy display piece

Sure could have fooled me, fine job all around and great save on the bits

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 05-19-2020 01:33 PM

Very nice Doug. I like seeing the old boxes replicated for stuff like this. Keeps the feeling of quality in tact :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 05-19-2020 02:59 PM

Pretty nice box! All my bits are in the canvas roll.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 05-19-2020 03:50 PM

@ Andre:

A canvass roll is way more practical, imho. If you were a carpenter/woodworker that has to go to job sites, etc. a roll would be the way to go. They’re easier to pack away and transport….and probably provides a little more protection.

This is simply for safe storage in my shop.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#5 posted 05-19-2020 06:33 PM

It’s a nice box, Doug. Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 05-19-2020 11:33 PM


My attempt to replicating an old Irwin Auger Bit Set box. The original was in pieces and falling apart and the lid was missing.
- DouginVa

I own a couple of sets, and have seen hundreds of them. The ones I have were the best I saw, and could afford. But rest assured, the average description is tore to hell and gone. The joinery used on the originals was underwhelming for the weight of the bits inside, and they simply didn’t get used, and survive worth a hoot. Much like the cheap cardboard all those nice Stanley tools were sold in.

You have made a much better home for your bits. Nice job.

Along the path of looking at many, and picking just the choice few. Even with the boxes destroyed, the bits inside were always in MUCH better shape than the ones found at auction in a tool roll. Those often had no surviving bat wings left. Now you can clean em up, sharpen them, but once the bat leaves the bit, it’s pretty much done.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 05-19-2020 11:46 PM

From back when they were still playing basketball, March madness 2019. SMP had a newer style open book form they went to, those were more robust. Also shows the showbox Bill ended up making, with killer hardware. With my best box, but still it had taken some damage through the years

https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/303819

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 05-20-2020 12:21 PM

@ therealSteveN;

I like that box better than my replica. Maybe after I knock out a couple more pressing projects I’ll look at building one of those.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#9 posted 05-22-2020 02:14 AM

Great build … love the old-school,swing out tray for the lower storage.

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#10 posted 05-22-2020 03:37 AM



@ therealSteveN;

I like that box better than my replica. Maybe after I knock out a couple more pressing projects I ll look at building one of those.

- DouginVa

Doug I hope you are talking about making one like Bill did, because following the path of the originals is not sound woodworking for that kind of weight. I think the one you made is quite nice. Plenty of box for the load, and I too, love that swing out tray. I hope you weren’t thinking I was saying different. I just popped that old thread in, because there are a lot of ways to honor those old augers.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 05-22-2020 10:53 AM

@ therealSteveN; I like the swing out door as well. We’ll have to see how well it holds up because I will be using auger bits as much as I can. Time will tell. I bet if a survey were to be conducted on which box held up better over the years the other one would win though.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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