How do I bore large blind holes in the end grain of a log?
Hi. I would like to make a chopping block from a short length of ash log that is about 18″ in diameter and it is about 18″ long. I want to insert three legs into the bottom of the log in a tripod arrangement. I’ve tried boring 1 1/4″ dia holes in the end/bottom of the log by using a Wood Owl bit chucked in an electric corded drill. It nearly took my arm off when the bit caught in the wood. I then tried slowing the speed down (it’s a variable speed drill). But the bit just stopped and I got a buzzing noise from the drill while it stalled-so no go there either. I also tried chucking into my old Sioux heavy duty beast of a drill (1960’s vintage, one speed only) and that also almost ripped my wrist off. I tried chucking it into a brace but the bit just kept spinning without going forward into the wood. The small threaded conical point on my bits are all intact and not worn so that’s not it.
The log is green.
I see these three legged stumps being used everywhere on the web when I watch people using hand tools and hatchets and carving. I watched someone doing this into birch while making a shrink pot and it looked way easy. Now granted that it is birch and not ash, but does that make a difference?
What the heck am I missing? What is the secret to doing this?
I recently purchased a decent set of 2″ dia auger bits and was thinking about making a T-handle for them, sharpening them up and trying the T-handle method. May be this would give me more leverage?
Come on, this can’t be that difficult. Any suggestions?