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Forum topic by Loren posted 12-20-2012 01:50 AM 687 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Loren

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12-20-2012 01:50 AM

Fussing around today I discovered I need a small
file with a bent or cranked shank.

Looking online I could only find one, a 21” long
cabinetmaker’s file made in Italy. That’s much
to large for what I want.

While I’m not afraid to experiment with a torch
and anvil, if anybody has a tip about how to
go about bending a file shank without breaking
the file, I’d like to know.

thanks.

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Alexandre

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#1 posted 12-20-2012 01:59 AM

Have you considered bashing it with a mallet?

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hhhopks

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#2 posted 12-20-2012 02:04 AM

I think you are already on the right track.
Heat it up and use a hammer/anvil…...
Hitting without heating it up first will likely just break it.

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#3 posted 12-20-2012 02:17 AM

heating the file up may aneal the metal and the file itself loose hardness

If its the file with the bend in the shank already then its been work hardened and you will likely not get it bent back or bent any further without heat

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 12-20-2012 02:27 AM

Heating that file enough to bend it will soften/anneal it markedly unless you want to retemper it. I see sets of those curved riffler files all the time for cheap. Would those work for you?

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#5 posted 12-20-2012 02:32 AM

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/tls/3482962192.html

I’m not too far from Tujunga Loren.
If those work for ya PM me.

Good call gfadvm

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#6 posted 12-20-2012 08:20 AM

File shanks aren’t tempered like the rest of the file. Just heat it red hot and bend it. As long as the heat doesn’t go any further down the file, it won’t hurt the temper.

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