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How to Make a PVC Auger

By Jeffery Keilholtz

Things Needed

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • 1/4-by-14-inch PVC pipe
  • 1-by-12-inch PVC pipe
  • C-Clamp
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Flat metal scraper
  • 1-by-4-inch thin cardboard
  • Permanent epoxy
  • Metalic-colored spray paint
  • Brown spray paint
Old-fashioned augers had wooden handles.

Making a craft version of an auger is a creative way to express your passion for machinery and labor. The auger is fashioned as a drill bit. Traditionally, the auger was used by hand to drill holes into hard objects. Hand augers still exist today — even with the invention of the electric drill — and are now designed in massive shapes that attach to the front of heavy machinery.

Measure and cut the 1/4-inch PVC pipe to 14 inches long. Measure and cut 1-inch PVC pipe to 12 inches long. Use a flat metal scraper to shave away burrs and to smooth the edges. The 14-inch piece represents the auger drill bit and the 12-inch piece represents the handle.

Drill a 1/4-inch hole through the center of the 12-inch pipe. Remove burrs with the flat metal scraper. The handle is now complete.

Measure up 6 inch from the bottom of the 14-inch pipe. Mark this spot with a pencil.

Cut a 1-by-4-inch piece of thin (shoebox) cardboard. Layer one of the 4-inch edges with permanent epoxy. Press the epoxy-coated tip of one of the 4-inch edges into the pencil mark on the 14-inch pipe. Wrap the 4-inch piece in a downward spiral direction. Hold and press the edge into the 14-inch pipe for 60 seconds to secure the bond. Continue bonding thin cardboard pieces in this manner until your reach the bottom of the 14-inch piece. The auger drill bit is now complete.

Take the drill bit and handle outside. Shade the entire drill bit with metallic-colored spray paint. Shade the entire handle with brown spray paint. Allow 4 hours for the pieces to dry before moving on.

Slide the free end of the 14-inch drill bit into the 1/4-inch hole in the handle. Make the top of the drill bit flush with the top of the handle. Add a thick layer of permanent epoxy to the underside of the handle — around the perimeter of the bit — where the bit meets the handle. Add a thick layer of permanent epoxy to the connection points of the bit and handle. Allow the auger 1 hour to fully dry before handling or displaying.

About the Author

Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.