How to Make a PVC Auger

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Old-fashioned augers had wooden handles.
Old-fashioned augers had wooden handles. (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

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.

Things You'll Need

  • 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

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.

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