T-handle beam augers

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  1. Ptpalpha

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    I've recently become interested in these, especially the ones from Miller Falls. One of the ratcheting models (No. 5?) is on my want list.
    If you've got a vintage t-handle auger, I'd love to see a pic or 3.
     
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    One of these? A joist brace among other names. I snagged this one off ebay for 10 bucks!. It was on the journey to Oregon last month, in a box of tools that didn’t get used. Too little time, too much to do. But, it will get used soon I hope. I want to refinish the wood.
    Ebay pics.

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    Maybe you are looking for the actual T handle thing with a ratchet?
     
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    This is the manly t handled auger that I found in the old barn at my house 45 years ago. The original handle was dry rotted. Good chance it was the one used to build my house 200 years ago. Post and beam all done with an axe and adze. A level or square was definitely not used.....
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    @Back50 , that's the one.
    @NevadaBlue , that's a sweet brace!
    After doing some research today, it appears that what I'm looking for is called a "scotch eye auger", and once I figured that out it opened up all sorts of rabbit holes.
    For those interested in this type of tool (and since you're reading this I assume there's a few of us!) here's some pictures.
    Scotch eye auger:
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    You can make the t-handle yourself, or get a nice old turned handle to slide into it.
    Here's the Miller Falls no. 2 beam auger, which is not a scotch eye auger but is awfully nice nonetheless:
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    And here's the semi-rare ratcheting Miller Falls no. 5:
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    The really intriguing thing is the possibilities for the DIY folks. You can weld a piece of pipe to a standard auger bit to create the scotch eye, or weld a modern chuck to a piece of pipe to create a scotch eye chuck that accepts modern bits, etc.
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    I don't weld, but I know some a few good welders!
    The possibilities...
     
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    And to think it all started when I bought an old box of tools with this wierd rolling pin thing:
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    Good stuff Paul. I have never seen a ratcheting T handle. Neat. I was looking for a handle for my auger bits when I stumbled onto the joist brace and when I stole it off ebay :rolleyes: I decided that would be all I need. :dblthumb:
     
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    Kicking around the idea of using the handle from a "bushcraft-size" shovel (think Cold Steel) as a T-handle for a scotch eyed auger bit. One handle, two uses.
    Be nice to find a shovel with a head that can be easily removed and reattached.
    Just a thought.
     
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    Ptpalpha-
    I'm having a little trouble posting pics lately, but your #2 and #5 look just like mine.
    You can get a lot done with a #5 and an adjustable Irwin auger.
     
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    Good idea Paul. You can make your shovel handle into a T handle with this method:

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    I had never seen a closeup of one of those before. Split a piece of steel pipe, drill a hole in one side (before splitting, or just file the halves of the square) file it square, drill for carriage bolts and wing nuts. Drill a shallow hole in the handle, just enough to clear the end of the auger bit. The bolts pinch the auger to hole it in place it looks like.

    Another project for my to-do list. (That list will probably be what I leave to the kids) :30:
     
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    I have this Millers Falls t handle I bought a couple years back. Works great for 12 dollars
     
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    I made some of my own years ago by getting am auger blade and welded a piece of pipe to it. Works like a charm. I just shoved the closest branch in as a handle and discarded it when i was finished.
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    @RiceOnSuede , as if your leatherwork wasn't impressive enough, now this. You've done exactly what I'm wanting to do.
    I was pawing through the pipe pile at work yesterday looking for good candidates.
    @NevadaBlue , yes! Thinking the same thing about making my own. Hate to jinx myself but it looks easy peasy.
     
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    Ha thanks. Ive made a bunch of stuff with them, they work great

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    My goodness; sometimes this place makes me feel downright lazy.
     
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    I need to get one of these augers, it seems to make logs more akin to legos...And that is a good thing.
     
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    20190301_155450.jpg 20190301_160618.jpg I am always on a lookout for these when I visit antique stores. Found two so far that are useable.
     
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    20190607_174312-1.jpg They are pretty easy to find around here, and cost anywhere from 40-80 dollars. The hardest part is finding the ones that still have a starter skrew with good threads, and enough material at the begining of the auger to still be able to sharpen. 20190607_175233-1.jpg
    I will let you know if I come across one in good condition anytime in the near future, if and when I find one, if you still are looking maybe we could work out a trade.
     
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    Here are my 2. The scotch eyed auger o The left was a recent purchase off Ebay believe it or not, 25 bucks. It's a beast too almost 3 pounds and 2-7/8 bit.
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    Nice!
    I'm dealing with a blown out back and am "restricted" from going garage sailing this weekend.

    That hurts me more than the back.
     
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    20190613_130945-1.jpg @Ptpalpha I found a 2-1/8" diameter one today. It's got surface rust, a good point, and never touched edges. It's missing the handle, but the square is still good and sharp. Besides the surface rust it's in great condition. This thing is a beast, and wouldn't make a good tool for the backpack.More of a backyard tool. If you are interested in it let me know, if not I will put it to work. Either way I will be keeping my eyes out for more of them and will post em up when I find them.
     
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    Still holding out hope for one with the scotch ring/eye on top, but I thank you for looking out for me! If/when I make my own square drive collar I'll give you a shout in case you have any bits (like that one ^^) you'd like to part with.
    Thanks again!
    -Paul
     
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