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Hints and Tips #27: One key to file cleaning

02-16-2017 04:14 PM by Dave Rutan | 6 comments »

I’ve seen a few things telling of how to clean out the teeth of a file. One old-timey way, the source of which I cannot find was to hammer the end of a large nail flat and run that over the file groove-wise. The teeth of the file will cut the nail into a sort of rake which will force out any aluminum or other soft metal bits, even sawdust! This video says pretty much the same thing: View on YouTube So I don’t yet own a file card brush, but I had a few old keys to a padlock that broke. I ground the head of the key to a wide flat spot and mounted it in a small piece of scrap wood as a handle. The key is held in by friction. After some use the key gained the ...

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