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    AnthonyH
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    I live in a very humid environment and I have seen how quickly rust forms when I fail to apply oil after each use. Therefore I disassemble, clean (dust brush) and oil (Jojoba oil or 3-in-1 oil) my tools after each use. This includes chisels, planes, marking knives, awls, saws, metal hammers (except the striking faces) rules, combination and double squares, and the bars on my bar clamps. Clean up usually takes me 30mins – 1hr after each session. I admire a neat and pristine shop. Many of us have spent a lot of hard-earned money on our tools, so it behooves us to preserve our investment well.

    #133091
    AnthonyH
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    Greg, Thank you very much for the enlightenment. I feel much better knowing that this is normal. Your hypothesis is a rational one. Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

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    AnthonyH
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    Craig, thank you very much for the response. I will use the Minwax and when its all done upload a few photos. I appreciate your guidance. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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    AnthonyH
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    I’m afraid not Frank. Each one has the appropriate 16th-inch number stamped on its tang.

    #133077
    AnthonyH
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    Thank you for the reply Scott. I must say I am disappointed with these sizes as I paid a pretty penny for them. I have sent an email to the seller inquiring about their performance. I assumed they’d be manufactured spot on their stamped sizes. This why I have asked here because I don’t know what the norm is for Irwin auger bits. I will relegate their use for other than precise drilling.

    Thank you Matt for your response as well. Using a Fowler dial caliper on the #6 (3/8″) bit measures 51/128″ (0.398″) across its diameter, from spur to spur. Additionally, the bit will not fit through a 25/64″ bore in a General Tools Drill Hole Gauge but will fit though the 13/32″ hole.

    I’m new to vintage boring tools, so were auger bits not designed for precise hole drilling? I do enjoy using the bits, just not for precise drilling such as the bores on draw-bore tenons.

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