Here is a handy tool that you can use outside to bore deep holes into hard wood without hurting your hands and knuckles. The Bushcraft Survival Scotch Eye Hand Auger has a razor sharp 1″ steel drill bit. It measures 10.3″ in total and has a 3″ long shaft to protect your hand as you drill.
This augur has a cutting depth of 6″. It weighs only 0.9lbs. Great for shelter building and camping.