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Project by shipwright posted 06-03-2016 04:38 PM 1236 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, not exactly wood but they are for use on wood and are amazingly useful little knives.

I was first introduced to a tool like this at ASFM and have made a couple for my own use before. I used old chisels for them (first photo, centre) and when I decided to make some for my students to use I headed off to the used junk store to look for some more. What I found instead were boxes of new files at ridiculous prices so I bought four ten inch smooth mill files for $10 and made these in about an hour.

They work very well. They are used as general purpose knives for cutting veneer, as fine picks for handling tiny pieces of fragile marquetry, and as prying tools for tight fitting pieces in piece by piece marquetry assembly.

One of the photos shows a tiny bit of very hard veneer (Bloodwood) picked up with very minimal pressure and a couple of others show how it can be used as a guillotine to cut small slices or slivers.

... and I still have two new files that I can use for sharpening my card scrapers.

Thanks for looking,

Paul

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/





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davidtr3

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#1 posted 06-03-2016 05:18 PM

Nice edge! This might be the best use for cheap files I’ve seen.

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Jerry

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#2 posted 06-03-2016 05:40 PM

Thanks for sharing this info, without good tools we cannot be good woodworkers.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#3 posted 06-03-2016 05:51 PM

Sometimes spending less is much more fun!

Great stuff Shipwright.

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 06-03-2016 06:52 PM

Nice, Paul. Could have used this yesterday on a project. Need to make me a few.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#5 posted 06-03-2016 07:14 PM

This is an interesting post, Paul. These knives look very good.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 06-03-2016 07:21 PM

COOL way to use old files…

How did you cut them in half?
... how did you sharpen them? (did you have to heat/reheat, etc.?)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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shipwright

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#7 posted 06-03-2016 07:25 PM

Joe, cut with cheap HF air cutoff tool, ground on a six inch bench grinder, sharpened with my 3M Mylar sheets on glass. It was a very quick process.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 06-03-2016 07:34 PM

Paul, that is simple… somehow, I thought Files required a special process…
... Glad to hear it is so EASY!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#9 posted 06-03-2016 07:50 PM

Paul,

You Da Man! Great Upcycling! Also nice find. I think it’s traditional on LJ’s t to say “You Suck!” when somone makes a good find.

LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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shipwright

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#10 posted 06-03-2016 10:45 PM

Hey Tom, perhaps I do suck but it could have been worse. He had lots of them and the most expensive was only $5 ….Canadian!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#11 posted 06-03-2016 11:04 PM

Files are about 64C Rockwell. Excellent knife stock!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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DocSavage45

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#12 posted 06-03-2016 11:28 PM

Damn!

New Good files???? 5 bucks HMMMMM!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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peteg

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#13 posted 06-04-2016 12:38 AM

Nice one Paul, there have been many variations of files being used by turners, just the trick for a quick effective answer so many times, :)
cheers
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#14 posted 06-04-2016 01:14 AM

Great find Paul.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#15 posted 06-04-2016 12:41 PM

Great idea Paul, I see files in flea markets and junk stores all the time and just pass right by thinking they are probably dull or not worth messing with. Great post!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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