I wish I had of taken a photo of the auger bit prior to the fix, but I didn’t think of writing about it till it was too late.
Just because it’s an antique or vintage doesn’t mean it’s flawless. This set of Irwin auger bits is pretty good, but far from flawless. I bought this set years ago and haven’t used them much in all this time.
Anyway, I remembered that I had a bit 3/8″ that wasn’t straight and of course it’s always the one that is used more than others or at least second to the 1/4″. The shaft was bent and pretty much I might add. Maybe someone dropped it, either way it needs fixing.
On the metal part of my lathe which is now serving as an anvil until my luck runs out, I tapped it straight with a rubber mallet they use in panel beating. (This mallet is pretty good and will not leave a mark on wood not matter how hard you hammer it.) I would hammer a couple of times and check the bit by eye. Once it looks straight, I would finish it by hammering whilst turning the bit 360°.
This is the result.
I chucked it in the brace and held the bit and brace vertical while slowly turning the bit. No wobble, good news, it’s not a bin job. It’s fixed.
Issue III has finally been released as you all know and there has been a lot of downloads, but zero feedbacks.
Hope this post helps someone.