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Hints and Tips #27: One key to file cleaning

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 02-16-2017 04:14 PM 1040 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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:


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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 grooves that clean out the teeth of the file you are working on. Keys are usually made of brass, so its a good use for old ones.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 02-16-2017 08:00 PM

Good tip, Dave … thanks for posting. Have you ever tried soaking your files in white vinegar overnight? If not, give it a try … your files will be as sharp as the day you bought them. For really rusted ones you may have to soak for two days!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#2 posted 02-17-2017 01:18 AM

Wow, two really good tips. Thanks for sharing.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 02-17-2017 01:49 AM



Good tip, Dave … thanks for posting. Have you ever tried soaking your files in white vinegar overnight? If not, give it a try … your files will be as sharp as the day you bought them. For really rusted ones you may have to soak for two days!

- Ron Aylor

I did the vinagar soak a few years ago. It makes for a neat science experiment.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 02-17-2017 01:51 AM

Nice tip with the copper Dave.
I never heard of the white vinegar trick. May have to try it.
Lot less caustic than using the sulfuric acid method.

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#5 posted 02-17-2017 02:24 AM

Good tips ——- will have to try em ——- THANKS

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#6 posted 02-17-2017 02:27 AM

I’m glad you like them.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 05-23-2017 08:32 AM

on a new or clean file rub with chalk before using stays clean longer and easier to clean

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#8 posted 06-08-2017 01:38 PM

Thanks. I was aware of the file brush. But this is a new technique for me.

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