Hey there everyone! Well…as I mentioned in the comment section of part one of this series, I took some files to a friends house and we annealed the handle portions, I cut a gigantic farriers rasp in half and annealed the handle portion on one of the pieces.
Today I was able to get down into my shop and drill the holes! It was a little slow going with the smaller files, and the cobalt bits were useless…even with the temper gone from the steel. Surprisingly, the larger holes for the farriers rasp went through nearly like butter…perhaps the larger surface area of the bit point made better contact on the metal…not gonna try and science it out…never been good at that stuff…just glad it worked!
I caved in and bought a proper grinding stone…made a nice difference….took off more of the grooves and with my angle grinder, I knocked down the pointy bits on the rasp (like that technical term there? LOL). I did a little shaping on the point of one, and by the end of a few hours I was beat…so there is more shaping to do on all of them.
As you can see, the farriers rasp is big and beefy…gonna make a nice little chopping tool out of that one for sure! I still need to take away more of the grooves/points but I’m nearly there.
All I can smell right now is metal, so I think a hot bath may be in order so that my sinuses can clear out…:D One thing I can say for sure is that metal working is no joke! I can totally see why guys like doing it…the sparks are so shiny! LOL…..It’s all brute force and MAKING the metal do what you want…more heat, more grinding, more stone, more more more!
I haven’t picked out the wood for the handles yet…but I have a few things in mind.
-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle