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Forum topic by Brit posted 06-21-2014 05:26 AM 1859 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2014 05:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: auger drill brace bits woodworking metalworking

Came across this short video that shows how augers are made in case you’ve ever wondered. Thought it might be of interest.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#1 posted 06-21-2014 06:17 AM

I wonder if the chinese/taiwanese manufacturing process for them is the same? Labor is cheap there but at the same time, I’ve seen that many of the large scale facilities over on that side of the water have lots of specialized machines for each type of product they make. Because competition is so fierce, you have to get that 2% edge in efficiency, over your neighbor who makes the same thing.

Cool video though :)

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#2 posted 06-21-2014 08:06 AM

Thanks for the auger bit lesson Andy. It’s always interesting to see how things are made. When I was a kid and TV was still in it’s infancy a local Los Angeles TV station had a live series call ‘City at Night’. They took guided tours through various types of industrial plants at night, ones that were operated 24 hours a day. As a young kid I found those programs quite fascinating and educational and much more wholesome than the so called ‘reality’ tv programs on offer today.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-21-2014 11:05 AM

Most interesting video, thanks a lot Andy !

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#4 posted 06-21-2014 11:47 AM

Good show with a twist Andy. Thanks for sharing it.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 06-21-2014 04:59 PM

Has anyone tried to make a gimlet bit? I just got the video by lie-nielsen on making molding planes. there is in the video a short section on this, but I’m a bit intimidated by the process, would like to know if anyone else has made these bits with any success?

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#6 posted 06-22-2014 12:38 AM

Thank you Andy.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 06-22-2014 12:56 AM

very interesting video, thanks

-- steve, simple and effective

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#8 posted 06-22-2014 01:01 AM

Very interesting Andy, thanks. I wonder where in the evolution of drill bits from spoon bits to auger bits they stopped being made by a blacksmith and involved a lot of machine work. Though that is a fair amount of hand done in that modern video too.

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#9 posted 06-22-2014 01:18 AM

Looks familiar.

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#10 posted 06-22-2014 06:52 AM

Ok Toby, I’ll ‘fess up. I re-posted a video that had been previously posted in the Handtool forum over on Woodnet so that LJs could see it too.

Toby is the daddy of forum hopping. It seems wherever I go, there he is. LOL. Can’t get much past Toby. :o)

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 06-22-2014 09:09 PM

Hey, I do the same thing, find something interesting and share it forward so others can see it too.

Just pulling your chain buddy!

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