Home Improvement--General/Using a ship auger bit


I need to drill a 3/4" hole through 8 inches of cedar. I tried going through a 4" scrap piece with a 3/4" ship auger using a corded power hand drill and found it to be very difficult, even at low RPM. The bit tended to bind a lot and over power the drill. Do I need a more powerful drill or am I not using the bit properly?

I can use a spade bit with an extension but I thought I'd try the ship auger since it should be a little truer and cleaner.

Thanks for any advice.

Hi Randy,

You didn't say what size drill you are using.  A 3/8" drill won't do it; you need a 1/2" drill.  We drill, using a ship's auger, 1 1/8" holes from 9" to 15" deep about 20 to 70 times on every log home we build and we have built more than 3,000 in 30 years.

We have about 10 or 12 augers and usually send two with the crew to every job.  After about 5 or 6 augers have been used once or twice we send them to a commercial sharpener to be re-sharpened.  The group we have right now have been in use about 15 years.  They only cost about $4-$5 each to sharpen.

Good luck.

Len Kroll
Wood House Log Homes LLC

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I can provide advice on the proper design, construction, maintenance, restoration, preservation, cleaning and waterproofing of log homes. Questions concerning proper cleaning, sealing, staining and waterproofing are within my area of expertise. My expertise includes new construction and existing log structures. Chinking application or restoration, log replacement and repair are also in my area of expertise.


40 years experience in the log home and construction industries, 10 years in specialty contracting, 30 years in the log home field. We have designed, produced, supplied and built over 3,000 log homes and restored/repaired over 600 log homes. See more information at our web site: www.woodhouseloghomes.com.

Authored a monthly column expressing the Vice President and General Manager's "Observations and Insights" distributed to 300 employees and management.

BS degree in accounting, University of Illinois, 1963. Master of Business Administration degree, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Numerous relevant seminars including an intense two week business administration seminar, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, 1978. National Home Builders Association Graduate Builders education program.

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