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Misc. Shop Stuff #25: Saw Files

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 07-07-2013 06:37 PM 1276 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 24: Things that Arrive in the Shop Part 25 of Misc. Shop Stuff series Part 26: New Medicine Cabinet, Pt 2 »

There has been a great deal of chatter across the interweb on saw files, or the lack thereof, and if nothing else it’s heightened my awareness as I look through rust piles at fleas, auctions, etc. Yesterday I stopped at what otherwise is a regular haunt to find an irregular site: Bins containing saw files marked $1, $2, $3 etc based on length.

Well, I bunched up all the Keen Kutter files in whatever bin had them, then rounded out the search will files marked Nicholson USA and even a Simmonds or two. 25 files, $25. They look to be NOS / unused, especially the KKs. With this assortment nothing stands in the way of me and sharp handsaws but learning how to do it.

Between Andy and Stef, I’ll get there. And I’m looking forward to it!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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WayneC

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#1 posted 07-07-2013 06:45 PM

Excellent Find.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 06:59 PM

Thanks, Wayne. I can afford to be very selective from this point on saw files and for that I am grateful.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 07:10 PM

Smitty, great find! I tend to pass on boxes of files at flea markets around here. Guess I need to change my ways.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 07-07-2013 07:30 PM

You made a wise purchase Smitty. If I lived in an area of the US where I could lay my hands on NOS files, I’d buy the bleedin’ lot.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 07-07-2013 07:58 PM

Lucky find! Or at least part luck since you went looking for them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 07-07-2013 08:01 PM

Good deal Smitty. Its nice to have somethin else to hunt for as well. Ive got my eyes wide open for files now that im learned.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#7 posted 07-07-2013 08:24 PM

Nice, nice, haul of saw files! Once you get into the groove with sharpening, you will love it! Follow Andy’s great blog work, it will be a huge help! Enjoy!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#8 posted 07-07-2013 09:03 PM

Great find, glad you bought ‘em all!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#9 posted 07-07-2013 09:07 PM

Nice find Smitty. They will come in handy.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#10 posted 07-07-2013 10:29 PM

Nice haul there, Smitty! They don’t make ‘em like they used to! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#11 posted 07-08-2013 01:09 AM

...and the handles too? The metal one looks pretty cool.

-- I love Jeeps

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 07-08-2013 01:28 AM

Scotty, the wood handle came with one of the files but the cast iron handle I got from my dad’s shop.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 07-08-2013 02:16 PM

Sweet!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 07-08-2013 05:43 PM

“The metal one looks pretty cool.” +1 Scott.

Great stuff Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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#15 posted 07-17-2013 11:46 PM

Smitty what a find.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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