Ok, so I learned that a spade bit doesn't like the hand drill, and that I need a better selection of auger bits. I also need a hex adapter for my brace and my yankee screwdriver. After much trial and error, I finally found a combination that kind-of sort-of worked.
I thought the cedar handle would compress a bit more than it did. I pounded this thing in so hard that if this mallet won't count, I'll just make another one. This one won't budge at all. One tip that folks might consider to avoid handles that don't go all the way through would be to split out a sqaureish handle and carve it round after it has been inserted. The corners can really bite into the green wood.
"Now he called his name Noah, saying, 'This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed." -Genesis 5:29 (NASB)
paul wheaton wrote:I kinda wonder for folks that want a super dry stick for the handle, if putting is somewhere warm for a few days would help. Or maybe "bake at 150 for an hour"? :)
To get my wood dry, I tend to stick it in front of my woodstove, or near it in some fashion (about 2 or 3 feet away, so it can't catch fire, but does get dry and heated). One could also stick it near their hot air vent, if they have electric heating (my vents push out barely hot air, so it's not like it's a fire hazard. Those with hotter vents, should distance their sticks further).
I was drying jerky in the oven when I made my spoon bb so I experimented with this drying method to take advantage of the extra space in the energy intensive oven. I had the door propped open at 160 and my spoon wood was dry enough to sand in about 2 hours.
I used a green piece of magnolia for the head and a dry piece of Japanese maple for the handle.
I did not have a brace so I cobbled a poor man's scotch auger together and got to twisting.
I need to buy a brace because this thing took an hour to drill!
After completing the hole I smoothed out the handle and notched a dead stop cut into the connection end of the handle and use it to make clean cuts with a carving knife getting the connection down to the largest size that I could pound through the green wood head. I'm excited to see how well or poorly it dries. Its pretty solid already.