Auger bits in new tool roll

The hunt for an Auger Bit Tool Roll…

A well tuned auger bit and brace can be a joy to use. Most new auger bits are mass produced junk and even some of the few remaining better quality bits like the Russell Jennings Pattern auger bits from Clico (UK) take a fair amount of tuning before they cut well. So if you are going to spend a lot of time and hard earned money on these tools,  why would you let them bang around in a tool box?

I set out to find a good home for my auger bits…

Auger bits in new tool roll
Auger bits in new tool roll

Unfortunately there are not a lot of options out there. I was unable to find any auger bit tool rolls that met my quality and budgetary needs. Given the lack of commercial options, I decided to fire up the old sewing machine make my own auger bit tool roll. I made another pilgrimage to Jo-Ann fabric and braved the awkward conversation with the ladies behind the desk at the cutting station. When asked about what I was making they just gave me the usual look of ‘you’re crazy, why would someone want to protect drill bits like that?’ But after some more polite conversation they seemed happy to see someone doing something out of the ordinary.

Completed Auger Bit Tool Roll
Completed Auger Bit Tool Roll

Design Goals:

  • Protect the cutting end of the auger bits
  • Have individual graduated pockets for each bit in a standard set (sizes 4-16)
  • Be made from tough materials that will wear well
  • Have reinforced corners and bottom
  • Have a tie off string/ribbon that allows for quick and easy storage
  • Protect the tools from flash rust
Rolled up for storage -- complete with with a bow.
Rolled up for storage — complete with with a bow.

I’m not trading in my chisels to become a tailor (Who would of thought I’d remember so much from middle school home ec?), but for for a modest amount in materials and a few hours of taking over the dining room table I’m quite happy with how the tool rolls turned out.  This roll has earned a place in my tool chest.

I’m hoping some other woodworkers out there will give it a try and make some interesting new tool rolls and help protect a few more auger bits from the ravages of a messy toolbox.

Take care,
-Bill

P.S. If you’d like to see more details of how I put this tool roll together, please check out the slideshow below (if you are viewing this via email click over to the post on the actual blog to see the extra photos)

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